Thursday, September 27, 2012 – Creating a tripartite environment to ensure that Saint Lucia has a peaceful industrial climate was the main discussion point as the Saint Lucia Employers’ Federation facilitated a forum on the “The Rights of Establishment within the OECS,” Thursday September 20th.
A great deal of focus was placed on issues relating to job re-creation, use of technology to upgrade the work force, fair employment practices through the Labour Code as well as preserving industrial harmony.
Saint Lucia’s Minister for Education, Labour and Human Resource Development, Honourable Dr. Robert Lewis assured collaboration with the Saint Lucia Employers’ Federation, in an effort to foresee a comfortable working environment with minimum fiction between government and employees.
“We have made it clear that it is the intention of this government to build this process of tri-partism. I think it is the responsibility of the government to facilitate a stable industrial climate in the country. And the best way to do so is to build tri-partism among the various components, whether it is government, labor and employers”
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Honourable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony expressed the need to engage in the spirit of tri-partism, in an effort to develop a globally competitive workforce.
“I want to urge you, to encourage you to begin to find ways and means to brace the sector. A broad and inclusive employers’ federation membership could be an important agent in helping to educate and sensitize micro employers and entrepreneurs about their responsibilities.”
The Prime Minister is hopeful that engagements between the government and employers will assist to champion the many issues affecting the competitive workforce. In addition, the Saint Lucia Employers’ Federation was commended for its success and contribution made both to the country and society.