Public Service sends out erroneous letters to public servants

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Public Service sends out erroneous letters to public servants
Castries Waterfront showing the government buildings.
Castries Waterfront showing the government buildings.


PRESS RELEASE –
The Ministry of the Public Service has withdrawn letters issued to cleaners and other Government employees.

The Ministry’s letter to the cleaners and other employees dated September 2, 2014 informed employees that they had reached the age of sixty (60) years should now proceed on pre-retirement leave and then retirement.

As a result the National Workers Union (NWU) which is the bargaining agent for the said workers, informed the Ministry of the Public Service that such a decision was unconscionable and is an infringement of Article 41 of the industrial agreement between the Government of Saint Lucia and the National Workers Union.

The NWU further pointed out that Article 41 of the industrial agreement clearly establishes that “Normal retirement age shall be in accordance with the retirement conditions established by the National Insurance Corporation” which in 2014 is sixty-four (64) years and in 2015 will be sixty-five (65) years. In light of this situation, the NWU had called for a withdrawal of these letters.

The National Workers Union (NWU) is pleased with the Ministry of the Public Service’s decision but strongly feels that it is time for the Government to review it industrial relations process, strive to uphold good industrial relations principles, practices and legislative provisions, and avoid making too many industrial relations blunders.

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  1. It is a mistake that so many police officers are leaving the police force. It is by mistake that special constables may get laid off. Its a mistake that the Min of Justice looking at the resources of the police force in 2014 issuing a mindless statement about the police having enough manpower.

    It is also a mistake that Hon Min of Health had to use taxpayers funds to go to Cuba to seemingly get nurses out of there after they had been let to believe that they had a scholarship. Were they forced to sign any documents before coming back? Its a mistake that Trinidad & the US has to employ our nurses while our health system collapses right before our very eyes, while the Minister sees as priority to engage in a battle over wooden booths in her constituency.

    Maybe a even an even bigger mistake that we have Black Sigatoka in charge of Agriculture!!

    Nothing but a dammn shame. Is it a mistake that the people voted for these mistakes? I'll say one thing, its probably a mistake that they allow some people to even vote.

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  2. This incident raises question about the efficiency of the Ministry of the Public. Why wasn't the ministry aware of the age requirement? Could it be that certain personnel in that Ministry were trying a ting that is to get rid of some workers for their friends, relatives or supporters? How many have been similarly victimized over the years? Bravo to the vigilance of the NWU

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  3. I think they should be given the option to retire at 60. there are many young people out there who need these jobs.

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  4. Thanks to NWU for staying on top of the game. Keep UP the good work. What sort of blunder is this? Some fool really don't know what he/ she is doing.

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  5. how about those who are already on retirement and are employed on contract.
    job job job for the boys!!!
    and at the end of it they want to harass people whom they met on the job.
    good thing people know where to find they attoneys.

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  6. Is this a coincidence or is this an example of what is to come? Watch what happens when the public sector modernisation program comes on full swing. I believe the only reason why these letters were withdrawn was because the union quoted them the law. Lucians this is no coincidence. I predict worse is to come.

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  7. Why did "Concern" say Bravo Mary when it is the National Workers Union (NWU) and not the Civil Service Association(CSA) who issued the Press Release?
    Mary is associated with the CSA.

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  8. IT IS ALWAYS THOSE IN THE LOWEST GRADES THAT DO NOT EVEN GET A PROPER SALARY THAT THEY SEND HOME. HOW ABOUT SENDING THE POLITICAL APPOINTEES WHO RECEIVE THE FAT SALARIES FOR DOING NOTHING. THAT IS WHERE TO START. THAT IS WHAT THAT IS DRAINING THE COUNTRY. NOT THESE PEANUT SALARIES.

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    • She gave the males the needed 'courage' and a spine. Too many of these yes-men can only account for just two clashing powder puffs.

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