PRESS RELEASE – The industrial impasse between the Management of St. Jude Hospital and the National Workers Union (NWU) has been amicably resolved.
At the centre of the dispute was the decision to terminate an employee. The NWU said Management’s action was harsh, high handed and unjustifiable.
The parties agreed to the following:
- The dismissal letter to the employee dated June 5th, 2015 will be withdrawn.
- The employee will be reinstated immediately but will resume his duties Monday August 17, 2015.
- The National Workers Union will immediately withdraw its thirty (30) day notice of protest action.
- The Management of St. Jude Hospital and the NWU will meet urgently to begin discussions on four (4) issues contained in the protest action notice.
- One (1) of the two (2) months that the aggrieved employee was out of work will be treated as a suspension period.
- Management of the Hospital shall not engage in any form of harassment or victimization of Shop Stewards or the reinstated employee.
- The Management of the Hospital and the NWU will continue to demand full cooperation, efficiency and a high level of productivity from all workers within the bargaining unit represented by the NWU.
The conciliatory and mediation sessions were handled under the chairmanship of the Minister for Labour, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis and Labour Commissioner (Ag.), Mr. Ray Narcisse.