The National Workers Union (NWU) has called on local employers to take advantage of the industrial relations expertise which exist in the St. Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) instead of engaging consultants who sometimes have no serious experience or knowledge in the field.
In a letter addressed to the federation, the NWU said there is also a need to avoid giving precedence to these ‘professional liabilities’ who may still consider a good manager to be one who instills fear among employees through victimization and termination of jobs.
“While we understand that some consultants are bent on making money, management cannot accept recommendations from consultants that eventually cost the employer or management thousands of dollars,” the letter states.
The NWU took the opportunity to pledge its support and commitment to working with the federation and other institutions aimed at revolutionizing the industrial relations process.
As mandated in the closed session of the union’s third Triennial Congress of Delegates recently, the NWU said it will continue to partner with such organizations in a quest to maintaining job security and an improved livelihood for all St Lucians.
“At this critical juncture in Saint Lucia’s economic position, we must all do what is within our influence to protect man hours that are essential to sustain production levels,” the NWU said.
The letter further told the SLEF that, “The NWU has fully respected the right of employers to become members of your organization. Equally, under your Leadership, your organization has expressed its recognition of the right of employees to trade union representation. At this critical juncture in Saint Lucia’s economic position, we must all do what is within our influence to protect man hours that are essential to sustain production levels.”
The union expressed gratitude to the federation’s Executive Director Joseph Alexander for attending the open session of the congress which was held on June 28, 2013 at the Royal by Rex Resorts in Rodney Bay.