New Book Examines the Foundation Which Beset and Threaten Guyana’s Sugar Industry

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Gladstone F. Greene addresses pay management as the all-encompassing, motivational and enveloping issue

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The literature on the Sugar Industry in Guyana is exhaustive but not complete. The main reason for this attention from so many scholars is because of the nature of this vital industry and its place in the country’s economy - the very lifeblood so to speak. In fact, the industry has been described as 'the commanding height of the economy'. However, it is haunted by slavery, exploitation, manipulation, confrontation and mismanagement and modern sugar has become more bitter than sweet.

Management of Pay in an Ailing Economy written by author Gladstone F. Greene revisits some of the foundations which beset the sugar industry in Guyana and continues to threaten its existence. It offers ways to considerably reduce if not, eliminate some of them. The author identifies pay as the all-encompassing, motivational and enveloping issue which, if addressed seriously implemented might achieve the desirable outcomes and focus on preservation rather than complete abandonment of this major economic resource.

This book shares with readers a brief background on the history and development of the sugar industry in the Caribbean, provides a research and analysis of industrial relations in the Guyana sugar industry, assesses the various strategies used by the planters and their relationship to the pay practices and systems, which developed at Guyana Sugar Corporation(GuySuCo), discusses workers discontent and managerial response, and explains some theoretical approaches to worker satisfaction with pay as well as offers some practical considerations for improving industrial relationship within GuySuCo.

Management of Pay in an Ailing Economy will draw reader’s attention on the issue of incentive pay in GuySuCo and the extent to which this type of pay is contributing to worker discontent. It will expose some of the inefficiencies in work distribution and allocation in the sugarcane fields; identify some of the factors within the administration of the incentive program, identify the need for changes in worker orientation toward work in the sugar industry and especially their notions of pay, focuses on the need for solutions, which do not ignore the political and racial context within which the industry exists while inviting further research in these areas, adds a new dimension to the existing local and regional literature on the sugar industry by opening a debate on the role incentive/bonus pay has in motivating workers and encourage further research on ways to reduce bitterness within the industrial relationship, especially the impact of pay complexity; the impact of continued political intervention in stymieing both worker motivation and management commitment; and the ways to reduce the effects of racial confrontation within the sugar industry and the nation.

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About the Author

The Author is a trained Economist, Management Systems Analyst and Educator. He holds post graduate Degrees in Economics and Statistics and Education from the United Kingdom as well as the United States. His early undergraduate work however was done in his native Guyana from where he migrated.

Dr. Greene served as a College Principal and Management Consultant (GMI) , Adjunct Lecturer in the Departments of Economics and Management Studies at the University of Guyana, Adjunct Professor of Economics in the USA and Program coordinator with the NYC Department of Education. His major research interests include Statistical Analysis of Managerial decision making, the Economics of Underdevelopment and Educating ‘the at- risk populations: its Challenges and Solutions’. Dr. Greene is listed in 2003 edition of ‘Who’s Who’ in the USA.

Management of Pay in an Ailing Economy * by Gladstone F. Greene
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Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 135 pages; 978-1-4836-2476-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 135 pages; 978-1-4836-2477-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-2478-5
Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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