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
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.