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Contact: Lucius Doxerie

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – Discussions pertaining to the the Labour Code has taken another progressive step today, as officials of the Ministry of Labour, Information and Broadcasting are currently engaged in talks with representatives of the Trade Union Federation (TUF), The Chamber of Commerce, and the Saint Lucia Employers Federation.

Conspicuously absent from the discussions that have been planned for weeks, are representatives from the National Workers Union and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

Speaking from the Bay Gardens Resort, where the gathering is meeting, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Information and Broadcasting Thecla Augustin, said: “It is unfortunate that persons representing the National Workers Union and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, who were invited, are not present at this critical gathering.”

The 2-day high level meeting is being attended by over 20 persons who are keen to see all the matters relevant to the Labour Code ironed out.

The Permanent Secretary noted that after careful deliberations with the parties, the document emanating from the discussions will be forwarded to the Attorney General's Office for scrutiny; “no further discussions will be held”.

The important discussions are being facilitated by Henry Philips with former top level public servant Claudias Francis serving as rapporteur.

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