Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has advocated protecting workers’ rights and highlighted the need for free enterprise in a message to mark Labour Day.
“We must continue to build a society where free enterprise can flourish. And that the rights of workers are protected, and they can get a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” Pierre wrote on Facebook.
“We must build a society where meritocracy and inclusion are valued and embraced as basic principles for progress and development for generations to come,” he stated.
The Prime Minister said that to ensure equality and fairness, the Minimum & Equal Wage Commission is currently formulating a livable wage for workers in Saint Lucia.
He disclosed that consultation would involve all sectors, including the private sector.
Pierre also said that there would soon be an ‘appropriate announcement’.
“As we celebrate Labour Day, I also had the opportunity to reflect on the opportunities that we have created to better the lives of families and impact the course of future generations. Whatever we do, we must, in a positive way ensure that our children can live in and inherit a thriving nation,” the Castries East MP noted.
“Let us continue to be guided and inspired by the philosophy and values of the founding fathers of our great party- the Saint Lucia Labour Party – to open doors of opportunity for every Saint Lucian, irrespective of their social and economic standing in the society,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister declared.
“Our party originated from the bosom of the labour movement and has consistently served the best interest of the workers in this country,” Pierre noted.