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NWU and RBC employees to discuss “formal report” after Wednesday’s industrial action

By SNO Staff

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Officials from the National Workers Union (NWU) and employees of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in Castries are scheduled to discuss a Department of Labour report that addresses the health concerns that prompted the bank’s staff to take industrial action on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

The NWU said in a statement on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 that it has received a “formal report” on the issue from the Occupational Safety and Health Consultant within the Department of Labour, Andres Griffith, who also submitted the report to the bank.

The Union said it will meet with the employees of the bank on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8 a.m. at its head office in Union to present and discuss the industrial report.

The NWU said it will then make a “final decision on the way forward”.

This development comes two days after bank employees showed up for work but stayed outside the bank’s office on Micoud Street, Castries to protest a mold infestation inside the building.

The employees said their complaints appeared to have fallen on deaf ears.

As a result of the protest action, the NWU, the workers’ bargaining agent, met with RBC management and requested that an expert inspect the building and issue a report.

The investigation was subsequently carried out by the Labour Department and the report will be discussed next Monday between the affected parties.

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  1. so why is that the norm in saint Lucia that the business places have to wait for their employees to strike for them to do what is necessary. i mean employees told yall the situation and am sure countless times but yall had to make them strike. its like if you dont strike here people dont take you serious

    • Therr is a huge disconnect between upper management and staff in caribbean banks. You wont see management having lunch with staff, they will be grumbling to pay overtime, asking staff to do slavery sht like like make tea and coffee for them, they will not budge an inch to do anything unless its in thier personal interests.

      Banks seem very reluctant to abandon this archaic form of authoritative management. This is why they are always at odds with the modern workforce.


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