The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Apress re­lease is­sued yes­ter­day by the Na­tional Work­ers Union states that the NWU un­der­stands the con­cern of the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture that “many em­ploy­ers are now faced with lit­i­ga­tion from em­ploy­ees”.

The NWU was re­fer­ring to part of a state­ment is­sued Jan­uary 3 by the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce about the high in­ci­dence of claims by em­ploy­ees against em­ploy­ers (men­tioned on page 14).

The NWU added, “We un­der­stand the Cham­ber’s con­cerns, but this should come as no sur­prise. While the Cham­ber is now re­sort­ing to hold­ing ed­u­ca­tional fo­rums to ap­prise some of its mem­bers of pro­vi­sions of the Labour Act, em­ploy­ers must also be equipped to refuse bad ad­vice of­ten given them. In to­day’s world, the mas­ter and ser­vant trend has gone out of the win­dow long time ago.”

Ad­di­tion­ally: “It must be clearly un­der­stood that the fu­ture and suc­cess of any com­pany’s op­er­a­tions hinge on the ex­e­cu­tion of sound and cor­rect in­dus­trial re­la­tions prac­tices, hard work, a con­sis­tent level of pro­duc­tiv­ity and a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween man­age­ment and its em­ploy­ees.”

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