UPDATED: Job losses at Buckeye St. Lucia Terminal Limited

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UPDATED: Job losses at Buckeye St. Lucia Terminal Limited


About 45 employees of the Buckeye St. Lucia Terminal Limited were laid off today, July 24.

Reports reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO) indicates that the employees were told of the decision this morning when they showed up for work.

The disgruntled staff retaliated were forced to stay outside the building. Law enforcement officials – SSU officers – were called in to ensure law and order.

The company said in a press release issued today that “as part of Buckeye St. Lucia Terminal Limited’s ongoing effort to complete the transition to Buckeye’s business and operating culture, the company is undergoing a re-organisation and restructuring. As such, certain positions at the terminal will be modified, expanded, or eliminated.”

The company further added, “These changes is to enhance the company’s ability to meet future challenges and is part of the company’s commitment to safety, environmental responsibility, regulatory compliance, and personal integrity. These changes will better position our terminal personnel to take advantage of future operating enhancements and business opportunities, as well as encourage individual employee growth.”

According to the company, it worked with the labour commissioner to ensure the necessary steps, as required by the Labour Code, were appropriately complied with.

“As part of Buckeye St. Lucia’s dedication to the community, those employees impacted will receive an ex-gratia severance payment and the company is currently evaluating opportunities to assist impacted employees in transitioning to new employment,” the company added.

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  1. I am probably the fiercest critique of this SLP administration but I am also fair. There is nothing to show that the current fiscal crisis here in Saint Lucia precipitated this move by Buckeye. Buckeye does not rely on the buoyancy of this economy to make its money. However, I could see an opportune for them to 'right-size' their operations at a time when most people would paint it differently as most people are now doing.

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  2. A lot of the comments are saying their is no alternative to the global capital system; it has won the day and all other political ideas do not work! This in an age when the 2008 world recession hit (which the expert economists did not predict)some people started to wake up to the fact that a free trade capitalistic world regime is not necessarily the answer. Unfortunately since then, we have let the banks off the hook by bailing them out and the few percent rich are getting richer while the rest are suffering more.
    Let's look at proper socialism where there are more co-operative companies, owned by all the employees; not just the obscenely paid so called high fliers (who still manage to get it all wrong whilst collecting billions in wages). I know it is difficult for a small country to break away but while you follow the American / Anglo systems of government, you are in their thrall. It is a shame that Venezuela is not currently offering the alternative view and support. However, nothing stays the same and perhaps in 30/40 years the world system will have a true egalitarian look.

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  3. I heard Buckeye made a quick decision due to the rather merciless attacks on management by union. So sad that yet another company is shutting and no new ones coming in due to the reputation abroad of SL having the most outrageous unions in the Caribbean. I have nothing against unions, just wish the ones in SL would exercise a little rationality instead of the usual melodramatic act they put on just to keep the almighty dues coming in.

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  4. For those defending poor excuse for government Kenny will not care for you when he packs his bag nd goes to sip on his glory juice after he is done with us. Its not about politics it's about Truth.

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  5. Raffish, Belle Douboute, Chichi & ManO articulated the harsh corporate reality. Hess sold its petroleum terminal product to Buckeye Partners, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for US$850 million. We all should have seen this day coming, no matter what corporate honchos tell you after the deal closes.

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  6. Raffish, Belle Douboute and Chichi articulated the harsh corporate reality. Hess sold its petroleum terminal product to Buckeye Partners, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for US$850 million. We all should have seen this day coming, no matter what corporate honchos tell you after the deal closes.

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  7. These Wall Street companies owe you nothing as an employee, their goal is to make money for the shareholders at all cost. I work for this company and after eight years walked to my desk there was a voice mail to come to a conference room at 10:00, right then and there I knew what was about to happen, the company had been bought by another company 3 months ago. That day they laid of 47 of us, for some of the folks that had been their only job in their life.

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  8. Businesses need to stop wanting 100% profit. Sending these people home will not drive the bruise economy. what it means is that less tax revenue for the government and frustrated people.

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    • oops - go and start your own business along these lines. Come back in 6 months and let us know how you get on......

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      • I tend to agree with oops. In this days and time we are leaving businesses cannot expect to make the same level of profits they made 15 years ago. Yes i understnad that business aim is to make project but who will patronize their business if persons have no job. How will government collect tax. Its better to get 75 % profit that wanting 100% and pple cannot buy because prices are too high

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  9. many of you who have grudges and hatred against Kenny and his government have to understand what has happen even before they took office, mostly uwpees who write against because they still haven't gotten it together into believing their past government screwed st lucia up, If all the millions that was given to them were put into its intended used, It was not going to be that hard today King from house rent to mansion, From bus driver to millioner, U justname it from the old regime We need now to think global and act local, It is time we stop thinking local and act local

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    • Stop this nonsense. You can tell this to the Labour supporter but not the UWPS. They are smart enough.

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  10. Can Kenny Anthony prevent a company from sending workers home? No job is forever. All over the world people are losing their jobs,and nobody blaming the PMs or Presidents of these countries. You all acting ignorant. When UWP comes into power you all that are complaining I hope you all get a milk and honey country.

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    • I do not think you are listening to USA news. When there is an increase in unemployment the President rating goes down and Vise versa. What is interesting is whether these worker will be compensated from the time they were working with Hess Oil or for only the one year they worked with Buckeye. If it is for the one year, I would hate to think that Hess Oil had an agreement with Buckeye to keep the workers to avoid Hess compensating them then subsequently lay them off after one year. This is where the Labour Minister should come in or were they part of the agreement.

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