Prime Min­is­ter Em­barks on “Meet the Work­ers” Tour

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Hon­ourable Allen M. Chas­tanet will em­bark on a “Meet the Work­ers” tour which will take the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Eco­nomic Growth, Job Cre­ation, Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and the Pub­lic Ser­vice around the is­land to var­i­ous gov­ern­ment depart­ments and agen­cies.

The first phase of the tour be­gins in June 2017 dur­ing which the prime min­is­ter will hear first­hand the is­sues di­rectly af­fect­ing work­ers at the St. Jude Hos­pi­tal, the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal, the Na­tional In­surance Cor­po­ra­tion, the Saint Lu­cia Air and Sea­ports Au­thor­ity and the Saint Lu­cia De­vel­op­ment Bank.

The ex­ten­sive ex­er­cise is also in­tended to give the prime min­is­ter an op­por­tu­nity to eval­u­ate the work­ing con­di­tions of the staff and to en­lighten em­ploy­ees about the di­rec­tion of the gov­ern­ment. This tour speaks par­tic­u­larly to the prime min­is­ter’s port­fo­lios of Job Cre­ation and Eco­nomic Growth as he will also be out­lin­ing steps al­ready taken by the gov­ern­ment to fa­cil­i­tate job en­hance­ment, im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and ensure work­ers are adapt­ing to the ev­ere­volv­ing work en­vi­ron­ment.

Speak­ing about the up­com­ing tour the prime min­is­ter added that he will take the op­por­tu­nity to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the work­ers and to ad­dress some se­ri­ous out­stand­ing is­sues.

“We must, as a gov­ern­ment, rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of the work­ing pop­u­la­tion and show them we value their in­put as a part­ner in


na­tional de­vel­op­ment,” noted Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet. “I am look­ing for­ward to this tour where I get to meet peo­ple one-on-one and in groups and hear their con­cerns. It presents an ideal op­por­tu­nity for us to jump-start dis­cus­sions on a range of is­sues.”

The Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia says it rec­og­nizes that the world of work is dy­namic and that it must ready the peo­ple to face the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges at the lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

The “Meet the Work­ers” tour will con­tinue through­out the rest of the year and will give work­ers an av­enue to have their voices heard and foster mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion on ad­dress­ing their con­cerns in an holis­tic man­ner.

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