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.