PRESS RELEASE – A delegation led by Tyrone Maynard and George Goddard Jr. President General and Secretary General of the National Workers Union (NWU) met with Hon. Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development on Tuesday December 6, 2016.
At the top of the Agenda was security at schools throughout the island.
The NWU did express serious concerns with the increased criminal attack on school property and went on to state that such criminal activity was national in character and deserves urgent attention. The NWU made the following suggestions:
-A nomenclature change from Watchman to Security Guard or Security Officer will immediately contribute to redefining the role and responsibilities of the individuals and would help establish a new status in the eyes of the public.
-Privatization of the Government Watchman service is not the way to go and will not be supported by the NWU.
-Periodic training programmes in keeping with a modern security service should be made available to all officers.
– Such a programme should be administered by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.
– A zonal approach to the administration of the Government security service should be put in place with the best individual hired to undertake its supervision.
– An alarm/siren should be erected at all schools to be used in case of emergency.
-Consideration should be given to equipping security officers with the power of arrest.
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and the Government security officers must establish a programme to ensure sharing of information from time to time.
All schools must provide the necessary amenities for officers to work within a better environment.
The new pool of recruits should also come from school leavers who are members of the Cadet Corps.
It was also agreed that a joint general meeting will be planned in March 2017 at which the Leadership of the NWU and the Minister will address the officers.