PRESS RELEASE – About two hundred (200) male and female workers formerly employed with Majestic Industries Limited have signed and sent a Petition to Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.
The Petition is requesting the Prime Minister’s intervention in an industrial matter involving the employees and the then owners of Majestic Industries Ltd.
Majestic Industries Limited, before folding its operations in Saint Lucia on 24 June 2004 had its base at Vide Bouteille in a huge factory on a substantial portion of land owned by an American Company in the USA.
Upon its closure, the then Minister for Labour, Hon. Velon John, instructed the then Labour Commissioner, Mr. Mac Stephen Aubertin, to hand over all relevant documents to Attorney at Law, Mr. Peter Foster.
The workers were also informed by the Department of Labour that as soon as the land and building were sold, they would receive compensation payments in keeping with the law and their individual entitlements.
Unfortunately, the process had not been concluded and to date, workers have not received any compensation.
The National Workers Union (NWU) has been monitoring this issue and is in full support of the Petition to the Prime Minister, signed by the workers and its call for the sale of the company’s assets, the proceeds of which would go towards compensating former employees of Majestic Industries Ltd.
Some workers have clocked in over thirty (30) years of service with the company.