Minister of Labour Responds To Employers On Labour Code
Contact: Prime Minister's Press Secretary
Friday, September 1, 2006 - Hon Velon John, Minister of Labour Relations, Public Service and Cooperatives, has moved to clarify statements attributed to Mr Henry Phillips, the Executive Secretary of the Saint Lucia Employers’ Federation.
According to the Minister, “For some time now, Mr. Henry Phillips, Executive Secretary of the Saint Lucia Employers’ Federation, as well as other private sector representatives, have been making reference to their concerns about the Labour Code, which they claim have not been responded to.
this claim extremely surprising. Contrary to the statements by the private
sector representatives, the facts are as follows:
“It is therefore quite alarming,” the minister added, “that employers are still speaking about their initial concerns as if they were still alive and had been ignored.
“I cannot agree that a process which has included six years of consultation and dialogue by all of the social partners, as well as by other interests such as doctors, the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) and the Saint Lucia Bar Association, can be described as ‘rushed’”.
According to Minister John: “The Private Sector has been repeatedly told by the Prime Minister that the government’s objective is to achieve maximum consensus and that he would personally chair a final retreat to conclude the process. There is no need, therefore, to invent further conflict and tension.”
minister concluded: “We appeal once more for good faith and good sense to
prevail, so that this historic process can be brought to its logical and final
conclusion, within the parameters of the time frame dictated by the maximum
degree of consensus that was sought and which has obviously been achieved
through the aforementioned deliberations between the social partners and
Hon. Velon John
Minister of Labour Relations, Public Service and Cooperatives
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