Department of Labour, the Labour Movement and Employers Observe May Day 2016
The Department of Labour, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, the Trade Union Federation, the National Workers Union, the Civil Service Association and the St. Lucia Employers Federation has this week been engaged in a series of activities leading up to the celebration of May Day observed every year on 1st May.
The week of activities has been held under the theme: “Workers – Key to Economic Development”.
Some of the events planned and so far executed include a series of one-hour talks to the form four students at secondary schools around the island. The final set of talks was given on April 28, 2016 to students of the Choiseul and Soufriere Secondary Schools.
The presentations to the students focused on the “Role of the Trade Union Movement to Economic Development” and were delivered by representatives of the various trade unions and officers from the Department of Labour.
Some of the other activities for the week have included participation in radio and television call-in programmes through which representatives from the trade unions, the employers and the Department of Labour have addressed a range of issues important to workers.
A radio and television address by the Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, Dr. Hon. Robert K Lewis, was broadcast on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in observance of “World Occupational Safety and Health Day” as declared by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Minister is also using this address to speak to workers ahead of the observance of May Day.
The Department of Labour, as part of the observance of the week of activities leading up to May Day, will launch its website at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Port Services. The website will provide a readily accessible means for the department to provide relevant information to the public and receive feedback in a timely manner.
Activities to celebrate May Day 2016 culminate with an afternoon of musical entertainment at the Serenity Park from 2:30 p.m.until 6:00 p.m. on Monday 2nd May. Music will be provided by the NS Band while there will be performances by artistes Garner and Savion.
This event is free and is designed to provide workers with the opportunity to relax, mingle and enjoy good music as Saint Lucia prepares to celebrate 25 years of its Jazz Festival.