Depart­ment of Labour, the Labour Move­ment and Em­ploy­ers Ob­serve May Day 2016

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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