NWU seeks government’s intervention in crisis at Renwick & Company

NWU seeks government’s intervention in crisis at Renwick & Company
Dr. Robert Lewis, Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour and Member for Castries South
Labour Minister Robert Lewis

The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to the labour minister regarding complaints received from Renwick and Company Ltd. employees who recently voted for union representation.

In the letter to the minister, the NWU states that company officials are holding individual meetings with staff members and questioning their knowledge of the persons directly responsible for the unionization of the Renwick & Company plant.

The NWU further alleges that the threat of job termination is being used to intimidate the employees.

The union has requested that the minister intervenes in the matter as such actions by Renwick & Company infringe on the legal security of the workers.

Below is the complete letter from the NWU:

May 7, 2013

Hon. Dr. Robert K. Lewis
Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour
Ministry for Education, Human Resource Development
Francis Compton Building, Waterfront
CASTRIES

Dear Sir,

As you are aware the employees of Renwick & Company Ltd have become members of the National Workers Union (NWU).  Their decision to become unionized is in keeping with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 87-98 Freedom of Association and the Right to Industrial Bargaining.

We have since submitted a recognition claim on behalf of the workers to Acting Labour Commissioner, Mr. George Melchoir.  We have also sent all the necessary documentation that would be necessary in the speedy determination of this important matter.

Unfortunately, we have been receiving complaints that company officials are holding individual meetings with staff, questioning their knowledge of the persons directly responsible for the unionization of the Renwick & Company plant. Threats of job termination are also being made by apprentices within the company’s Human Resources Unit.

Mr. Minister, the NWU has seized the initiative to provide the said workers with representation which is in keeping with Labour Act No. 37 of 2006 Section 357.  You should be familiar with the relevant section since it was under your watch that the said Labour Act was fully executed.

The NWU is requesting your intervention in this matter, in an effort to give legal protection to the collective decision that the workers employed with Renwick & Company made.  We await your early response.

Respectfully yours,
NATIONAL WORKERS UNION

………………………………….
Tyrone G. Maynard
President General

cc:    Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony – Prime Minister
Mr. George Melchoir – Labour Commissioner (Ag.)
Employees – Renwick & Company
Employees – SLASPA
International Labour Organisation (ILO)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Most employees realize the Renwicks are good people but the union made big promises and said that Kenny Anthony wants everyone to join a union.

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  2. Julie, Kelvin, and the Renwicks are good people. It is a shame how NWU ruins the harmony at companies just to get dues. This is the start of the company's decline and eventual closure as has already happened elsewhere.

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