NWU and NIC Clash

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Na­tional Work­ers Union (NWU) on Wed­nes­day wrote to the Chair­man of the Na­tional In­surance Cor­po­ra­tion (NIC) Lisle Chase, ex­press­ing its dis­sat­is­fac­tion for not al­low­ing a worker time off to at­tend a work­shop. The NWU said that it viewed the decision as “low, petty, wicked and an­ti­worker.”

Ac­cord­ing to the NWU, the worker was in­vited to a two-day con­sul­ta­tion for Civil So­ci­ety and Pri­vate Sec­tor Um­brella Groups on the de­vel­op­ment agenda for the OECS re­gion. The con­sul­ta­tion, or­gan­ised by the OECS Com­mis­sion through the So­cial De­vel­op­ment Unit (SDU) and UNDP Bar­ba­dos was held here Dec. 4-5, 2014 at the Au­berge Seraphine.

The NWU said it in­formed the NIC man­age­ment in a let­ter dated Novem­ber 19, 2014 that An­thony Cornib­ert was se­lected by the man­age­ment com­mit­tee of the NWU to par­tic­i­pate in the con­sul­ta­tion and re­quested leave with pay to fa­cil­i­tate his attendance.

“This re­quest is based on a pro­vi­sion in an in­dus­trial agree­ment be­tween the Na­tional In­surance Co­pro­ra­tion and the Na­tional Work­ers Union,” the NWU says. “At about 3:53 p.m. on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 3, 2014 the NWU was in­formed that the re­quest was not granted. “This new man­age­ment style will do more harm than good to a re­la­tion­ship that we fought so hard to build,” the let­ter went on to say.

On Mon­day NIC staff had started a sick-out in protest of de­layed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween man­age­ment and the Na­tional Work­ers Union (NWU).

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