Minister's Press Secretary
30, 2006 - A former Attorney General says the Labour Code, which is in its
final stages of preparation, will herald a new era in industrial relations in
The Code, which has been contributed to by the unions, employers and the
Government, has been welcomed by a former Attorney General of St. Lucia as “good
news” for the island’s trade unions.
But Mr.. Husbands gives the unions no credit for bringing the Code about.
The former Attorney General in the previous administration expressed the view
that “the recent announcement that the Government intends to put the Labour Code
through the legislative process must be welcome news to the trade unions.”
But, he added, the unions “must take no credit for its passage into law.”
That notwithstanding, Mr. Husbands called on the unions – and the employers --
to make the Code work, as it will be in their interests to do so.
In an article in the Weekend Voice of March 25, Mr. Husbands wrote: “When the
Labour Code becomes law, it is imperative that its principles are adhered to, as
the Code is meant to foster good industrial relations by promoting the
establishment of trade unions.”
He also urged workers to resist temptation to misuse or abuse the Code when it
Said Mr. Husbands: “Many members of a trade union may be tempted to feel that
this is the time to seek revenge for the past... They should desist from such
The former AG also called on the country’s employers to “extend the hand of
friendship and reconciliation to the unions.”
“If they treat the unions responsibly,” he opined, the unions “will respond in
Mr. Husbands expressed the view that “many reforms in the union/employer
relationship can be effected through good understanding and cooperation.”
He also called for honest circulation of information about the Code, saying that
“the matter of information about the operations and profitability of the
employer must be divulged with truth and frankness.”
Mr. Husbands also expressed his hope that the Labour Code would have positive
change on the relationship between the employers and their workers.
He wrote: “I trust that the coming into operation of the Labour Code will herald
a new era in the history of Labour relations in this State.”