PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of the Public Service has withdrawn letters issued to cleaners and other Government employees.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