Industrial row brewing at the Brewery

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Industrial row brewing at the Brewery
A brewery
A brewery

An industrial row is brewing between the management of Windward Leeward Brewery Limited and the National Workers Union (NWU).

According to a press release from the NWU, “The company and the NWU have been holding discussions over the possible retrenchment of two employees. The company states that sales are down and as a result the two workers will have to go.”

As a result, the Union said it has presented over 10 proposals aimed at cost-cutting along with suggestions that could retain the employment of the two workers.

The NWU added: “A meeting slated for Tuesday, July 9, 2013 could not be held due to the storm warning for Saint Lucia on that day. The NWU has suggested Friday, July 12, 2013 for continuation of discussions. Instead of preparing to engage the NWU on the said date, the company has chosen to abandon the proposed meeting and proceed with its redundancies.”

The union said it has requested the “urgent intervention” of the acting labour commissioner.

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  1. The NWU was far off on this. The brewery has the right to decide how many workers it needs and to pay them off in accordance with established Labour laws. The NWU seems to think that the Labour Commissioner works directly for them since they involve him in every matter, most of which do not involve broken laws. Everyone knows the inside strategy at NWU HQ is to make highly-unreasonable demands to make them look good to members at expense of the employer (keeps the dues coming in). Then the NWU calls in Government to negotiate a settlement (so NWU can say it was the Labour Dept, not the union, that acquiesced. This type of gamesmanship is hurting the economy by driving foreign investments elsewhere.

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  2. As a HR Professional with years of experience and holds a Masters in Human Resource Management, it is shocking to hear such bad practices. Many of those so called HR Managers in St. Lucia are clueless of HR functions, policies, procedures, what is best practice and have no ethics.

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    • I totally agree these hr in st. Lucia are yes boss even they are right or wrong .and I believe this acting labour is allways in the company favor they need to stop tell people get a union instead of working with the union they would be in or on the company eating drinking or getting paid under the table . I think the p m should. Look into this acting labour commissioner and the should look into our labour. Laws . And should not let Any company invest in st.lucia without a union

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