MoSP mourns passing of Komal Chand
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Ministry of Social Protection has noted with sadness the passing of Mr. Komal Chand.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry said Chand’s death “marks a tremendous loss to trade union activism in Guyana.”
The release noted that he dedicated his career to fighting for the protection and rights of workers in the sugar, rice and numerous other industries in Guyana.
Chand served as President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and was also as a Member of Parliament for the People’s Progressive Party.
He was known for his provision of representation at “bilateral, conciliation and arbitration levels, these were evidenced by the contents of the scores of collective labour agreements he concluded throughout his career,” the release stated.
The release also described Chand as a “tireless fighter and devoted servant to the working class. – never shrinking from the opportunity to call out inequity where he saw it or give voice to the voiceless when he could. He was a gifted negotiator and provided representation at bilateral, conciliation and arbitration levels, these were evidenced by the contents of the scores of collective labour agreements he concluded throughout his career.”
The Social Protection Ministry extended it condolences to Chand’s family.