PRESS RELEASE – The National Workers Union (NWU) has requested an audience with Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony to discuss a Petition signed and addressed to the Prime Minister by about two hundred (200) former employees of Majestic Industries Ltd.
Majestic Industries Ltd, a subsidiary of Cleevepak International, owned by Americans operated in Saint Lucia for over thirty (30) years. Its main base was at Vide Bouteille at the back of the J. E. Bergasse Building, in a factory shell on many acres of land that was owned by the company.
The company employed over three hundred (300) male and female workers and had a pay roll of about $240,000.00 monthly. Company operations ceased suddenly on June 24, 2004 and none of the workers received compensation due to them.
Hon. Velon John, who was then Minister for Labour, through the Labour Commissioner, handed the Majestic Industries Ltd. Portfolio to Attorney Peter Foster. It was expected that all arrangements would have been made to sell the company’s property and use the receipts from the property sale to compensate the workers.
The NWU says that to date not a word has been uttered. It is against this background that the employees, through the signed petition, are requesting the Prime Minister’s intervention. A copy of the Petition was also sent to the American Embassy in Barbados.