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UPDATED: Job losses at Buckeye St. Lucia Terminal Limited

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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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67 comments

  1. Union attacks were relentless. No wonder Buckeye is downsizing.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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    • Come on now, businesses are in business TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE.

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. When will st. Lucians understand that this situation is global. Its time to be real

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  13. When will St Lucian understand that this situation is global. We need to put politics aside and be real.

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  14. Buckeye is here to put more money in the pockets of its shareholders (further widening the gap between the haves and the have nots); and if laying off 60 St.Lucians will do the trick, so be it. The remaining workers are now expected to pick up the slack. One person will now be expected to do the work of two persons; and two persons the work of five.
    Welcome to America.

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  15. Everything is politics. Just cannot get away from it. Similarily the government of the day is there to work in the interest of its people not against. So stop the foolish talk of who to blame and who should not.

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  16. I also think with all the issues we have been having, with our education, health care and government policies we need to group together, and become a force to wrecken with so that we can police our country. I think we should totally give up the idea of a select few of the elites, they have their own agenda and ours are usually not that important. We need to police our government. If they need to they will impose a tax, deem things illegal, cause our lives to get better or worst etc. Pressure groups are needed.

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  17. Legally if notice and other dues are paid, the company does not need to inform staff, however common courtesy trust and the relationship that has been built socially has been violated. People do have expenses more than ever these days and if given a hint that job security would be in question the employees would take a n action plan. If I were another worker still employed after that incident with former co wokers I will strongly consider getting another job. It may be my turn tomorrow.

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  18. Lol, not blaming Kenny but he promised jobs jobs jobs and better days. ????? If he was in opposition you would have seen him on tv talking, now crime happening, people loosing jobs he no longer on tv SMH.

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  19. Kenny must go. He promised jobs jobs jobs.

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  20. You mean to tell me that after much consultation with the labour department this wa the best way u see fit to fire the people......If that's how u were advised by the ministry then we are all screwed

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  21. I feel for those people. If you still have a job spend wisely and save your money. This is purely business, some might say bad business, or just greed. Unfortunately globalization will be felt more in smaller countries or regions with less resources. I find it very sad that in 2014 people still are fooled by (UWP or SLP)politicians telling them that they can fix all their ills.

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  22. Such ignorance the company should of held meetings prior?? That's not his it works. The directors make a decision and they infirm workers on the day that they are closing down. That's how redundancies are done. The people are no charity they are the employers and that's how it's done! You must if heard if Barclays Bank in the Uk laying off 5000 workers, you're at work in the morning and by mid afternoon you on the scrap heap. Travel and learn how it's done before you jump to stupid conclusions.

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  23. Somebody say Hurt it, HURT IT!!!

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  24. Why does Dr Anthony carry the brunt for every stone that is turned in this country. So The oil refinery is shutting down to restructure - Kenny fault. Remember Hess both in Saint Lucia and St. Croix shut was shut down...It almost cripple the economy in St. Croix. Definitely Kenny's fault. Some of you don't understand the critical economic of business. This scenero is taking place all over the world. Who wants to operate a business that is losing money? When you find out the answer let us know.

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  25. The economy is spiralling downwards, crime on the rise, the world is nt so wonderful. Cnations at war.... people at each others throats. Why would a prime minister have respect fr our country if we dnt care to set him straight or boot him out. More criminals because we hv less Parents

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  26. People are losing jobs everywhere man, get with the program. No business or company owes you a job, or simply because you are in a job today doesn't mean you will be there for life( unless you become an undertaker, people are always dying lol). This is how the world works, businesses are here to make a profit and one of the largest expenditures for businesses is salaries. Reducing staff numbers and salaries is also one of the quickest and easiest ways to get your businesses finances under control.
    The tax office here is about to make 6000 people redundant, lots of other companies have made staff redundant including telephone companies who moved 5000 call centre jobs to Asia where it's cheaper etc. why pay 65k per employee in this country when you can pay 15k to someone in India working in a call centre owned by you doing the same job? Adapt and change to survive in this world guys or you are doomed.

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    • The fact is this layoff will increase the unemployment rate and the government is doing nothing to create jobs for this unfortunate St Lucians.

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    • Are you serious?

      Raffish,

      People who are bitching and complaining about the layoffs (Lana) should read your post. They just don't seem to get how a business operates.

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  27. I can understand both parties situations and yes the economy will always be a major factor in such desicions.however too much complaining and talk yet no action as usual look how the barbadians todays took to protest a solid waste tax put on them... We need to show solidarity and show the government to stop the lip service and show us action..

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    • Are you serious?

      Lucia sinkin,

      People need to stop selling their votes, stop voting for party/colour and start voting for representatives who have OUR country, OUR values and OUR best interest at heart. I understand that we may NOT agree with every representative, but if we agree with 6 out of 10 things the representative is saying, then he or she will get my vote.

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  28. Concerned Lucian

    Umm to my understanding it was to be Jobs! Jobs!Jobs and more jobs. Oh but you see we did not ask if it would be increase job numbers or decrease job numbers. En Rouge tout mon!

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  29. Are you serious?

    Some of you quick infuse politics in EVERY stupid post. A company is in business to make money and lots of it. If they AREN'T making enough or they see where they can cut cost, they will. That's just how it is. A business or business owner isn't a charity, aren't worried about school supplies for your children, bills you have to pay; those are YOUR worries. When these laid-off employee's were working there and making money, they should have put some aside for rainy days, but I guess not.

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    • You are clearly an idiot, save the corporation heroism for someone who cares. POLITICS plays a major roll in the issue of job retention and LOSS. Save your tired diatribe for the next election. Did YOU NOT SEE the call from the Chamber to urge the private sector to hire and retain current employees?? You think this cold and callous termination is right in this economy? HAD you KNOWN anything about business at all you would surely know that they must have known they were performing poorly for an extended period of time. THUS there should have been AMPLE time to notify the employees of their dismissal.

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      • This company bought out Hess that did not have a profit in 3 years, so it was just a matter of time before the layoffs came.

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      • Are you serious?

        Lana,

        Thank you for the compliment, since you know me so well. So, for your info, I did NOT vote last election, so I'm not playing politics. I have also defended & chastised both parties. I call a spade a spade. Politics does NOT play a major role in a companies hiring and termination of employee's, the economy does and the economy has been in a shit hole for over 8 years. Like I've said before, St. Lucia isn't the country which will bring the worlds economy back to when is was prosperous. Chamber can call for whatever they want, but if my business is in or headed toward heavy losses, why would I retain employee's because Chambers called for it? A business is in the business of making money, with as litte employee's as possible. I do agree the fired employee's should have had more of a notice, but again, the business doesn't owe the workers ANYTHING. Also, I don't think any termination is right, but again, if the business is suffering and there are ways where they can save money by letting workers go, why would they retain them? Do I prefer the workers than my business? BE REAL. If I can accomplish the same workload with 10, 20, 30 less employee's, why not? You should be saving about 6 months worth of rent or mortgage, because prolong employment is NOT guaranteed. BUSINESS IS A BUSINESS, it's not charity.

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  30. movay chien salop

    when yourll finish wine yourll bam bam in the strees buying carnival costume 1700 comeh larguh hot vlay govedmuh blamay pou toot barguy
    the world is coming to an end chikungunya taking all of youll and youll still blaming kenny every where around the world suffering from the economic fall yet still blame kenny mah di kenny pah uh demoo but kitay nom lah bat miseee

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    • Actually moron. Many countries have already recovered to pre financial crisis levels. Some countries even managed to outpace that level of growth. Some right here in the C'bbean.

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    • People work hard and they spend their money doing what they enjoy. I do not like carnival but I know there are people look forward to carnival. They 1700 spent would be less than the those people who would socialize every weekend. They too are entitled to that.

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  31. Ignorance is Bliss

    Knowing what I know today, if I had the option to vote again given the same choices I had 3 years ago, I would go to the polling booth at an even earlier time to vote for Kenny again. Too many of you refuse to see the problems around you and blame Kenny. It must be really easy to buy a Galaxy S5, and then blame Kenny because your children can't go to school. Or jump carnival and complain about water rates when WASCO disconnects you the following week. Stop blaming the government for everything and do what is in your power to control. These job losses began before SLP came into power in 2011 and are continuing because everywhere around the world things are getting harder. Microsoft just dropped 18,000 employees last week. You really think this is a Lucian and a Kenny thing? If so, then eject his government by force and replace it with the one you see will solve our myriad of issues.

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    • Concerned Lucian

      The issue i have is with the lies! why are we fooled into voting these politicians in and when the ARRIVE the change their tune and play another tune the ppl didn't agree to listen to. My vote is a contract that when i vote for you you do what you promised! Why has government finances not been audited in 11 years! I have the answer nasty smelling corruption, theft, mismanagement and Laissez-faire attitude towards: US the PEOPLE money. So now they have to tax blood out of us!

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    • Yeah!! Go and vote for him again. You must be ashamed of the none sense he is doing that's why you are defending your ballot. Stay away from this arrogant bastard and we will see progress in our little country!!

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    • Are you serious?

      Say it again LOUD and CLEAR for the idiots. They just don't seem to get it. Blame everything on the present Gov't, regardless of the FACT things was going downhill years before SLP was elected into office is absent to certain people. The economies from around the world were headed for a recession years ago. Remember the last 3 years of when George Bush was in office in the US.

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  32. Not Nice......kenny anthony has alot to do with this bcuz of all the shate he's been doin from the time ppl lyk u put them in power.....am not about politics....whoever is in power i expect dem to do their job un slp isnt doin a gud one at all

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    • Are you serious?

      So when hotels in the South closed, was it Stephen King's fault? No. Call it poor management or flights to St. lucia to support the amount of hotels just wasn't there. Majority of the flights were only half full.

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  33. Smfh everthing for you'll Lucians is politics eh awa e. The company is restructuring but Nellie u just had to put Kenny in your shit talk.

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    • I support Nellie. Business people in St. Lucia following Kenny foot steps. He is the "star boy" ain't he? So we have to blame him for the state of the economy. Laying off people is affected by the state of the economy and indeed affects the state of the economy. Don't mind the employers at the company, they have to find a way to put the layoff in a palatable way. They are indeed experiencing financial problems and i have no doubt that the poor state of the economy has contributed to the company's demise. No running away from this; Kenny has to be BLAMED hun. Don't be offended!

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  34. OMG after things are so hard in this country for one to loss they job, when there is school fees to be paid,school books and uniforms to buy. I feel for the families who are affected God will open and way for you guys. Lucians open your eyes things are really bad and isn't getting any better.

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  35. they l get a severance package....hope its enuff....what seems to be forgotten is that sum of these people may find it hard to get another job in these times.

    and come on...the people come to work and that's when u tellin them that...awa should hv been done in a better way.

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  36. Bitter days are coming by and by.

    Even Jimi Cliff got that wrong, not to talk about the SLP.

    Oh I forgot you know. The only people not seeing bitter days are the SLP's S.T.E.P. en rouge-nistas.

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  37. better days is reaching its summit right now ! tout kaye coma seh voleh

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  38. So sad! The company should have held meetings with employees prior to this major decision in an effort to get them prepared. They informed the employees on the day of the lay off?? I guess, another sad day of better days. The employer may have been trained under Kennynomics... Just don't care about how may asses get busted in the process and what people think of their decisions, as long as they achieve their agenda.

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