The National Workers Union (NWU) has written the Acting Labour Commissioner of the Department of Labour, Ray Narcisse, on overtime payment due to workers employed with Secure St. Lucia Ltd.
The NWU said despite a meeting was held between the management of Secure St. Lucia Ltd, the NWU and the Labour Department, it is yet to deliver on its promise.
The union these were some of the agreements made during the last meeting:
1. They acknowledge the sum of $700,000.00 as overtime payments calculated and submitted to you by Secure St. Lucia Ltd. covering the period 2012-2015.
2. They will not accept an interim overtime payment covering the period January 2015- June 2015, after which the parties will continue discussions on payment of the balance.
3. The company should understand that workers are presently faced with the purchase of school books and uniforms for their children and that any compromise position must reflect full group payments of twenty (20) workers at any one time. That would not adversely affect the company’s cash flow position.
4. The workers would like the company to stop its subtle acts of harassment and victimization or face the consequences of general protest action.
However, the NWU said workers are still leaving their shifts three quarters of an hour late without any consideration and compensation by the company.
“While the NWU supports the security services sector, the Ministry of Labour should not stand by idly and allow the gross exploitation that is being inflicted on workers by some employers,” it added.
Further, the NWU said it must not be forgotten that these workers are the same armed guards who continue to protect life and property that the security services oversee.
It stressed, “Workers are getting fed up and will one day take no more.”
The NWU said it looks forward to engagements that will provide a schedule of payments for the security guards.