Update on the Public Sector Negotiations
Friday October 14th, 2005 - The Government Negotiating Team (GNT) continues its schedule of meetings with various unions on the island. On October 12th the GNT met the National Workers Union (representing daily paid workers employed by the Government of Saint Lucia). A separate meeting was held with the Saint Lucia Teachers Union. Both meetings focussed on fringe benefits for the triennium April 2004 to March 2005, April 2005 to March 2006 and April 2006 to March 2007.
The National Workers Union (NWU) expressed concern that other unions were undertaking the representation of daily paid workers. Officials of the NWU were of the view that the Government should recognize the NWU as the sole representative of daily paid workers.
In response the Government Negotiating Team informed the NWU that
it is not the mandate of the GNT to decide which workers unions represent,
however, the Team agreed that the issues related to the bargaining unit should
be addressed by the Labour Department and the NWU agreed to make a formal
request to the Labour Commissioner for is intervention.
A number of new articles proposed by the NWU have been agreed upon. Others were deferred pending analysis and costing by the Ministry of Finance. Another meeting is scheduled with the NWU for Thursday, 27th October 2005.
Meanwhile the Saint Lucia Teachers Union SLTU and the GNT have reached agreement on most of the new non-financial Fringe Benefits for teachers proposed by the union. Some articles were deferred pending further analysis and costing by the Ministry of Finance.
The Government Negotiating Team will continue to meet with the unions as follows:
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