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Monday, March 30, 2009 – With the implementation of the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), the Government of Saint Lucia has been applauded for having joined the countries which are most avant garde in modernizing their public services.


Principal Consultant on the EAP Mr. Lionel Remy applauded the Public Service’s reform and modernization thrust, as the ministry last Friday continued its consultation phase, this time with unions and staff associations.


Mr. Remy said it is critical that public services view the workforce in a humane light.


“I would like to say that the Government of Saint Lucia is taking a bold step; it’s one of the leading countries of the region concerning that area of human resource development.  I think we should feel very proud about that because apart from Trinidad, Barbados and the British Virgin Islands few other governments have gone the distance to ensure that they are providing human support systems which will encourage development because we know people will have difficulties.”


Meantime Minister for the Public Service Honourable Leonard Montoute said government fully endorses the implementation of the EAP which will benefit all employees.


 “A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme has two strategic dimensions. Firstly, the EAP is a voluntary workplace programme that provides cost free and confidential assessment, short term counselling and referral, and follow up services to employees for personal and or work related problems that may affect work performance attendance and conduct.”


The programme, the minister says, is also a systematic risk identification and management intervention that seek to develop and sustain desired behaviours and work attitudes consistent with the performance and productivity goals of the public service.

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