The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to the Executive Director of the Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre Mrs. Charmaine Thomas.
The letter to the Director dated January 25, 2016 informed the Director of deteriorating working conditions at the health institution. The NWU pointed out the following:
* Workers are being ordered to handle the dirty and otherwise unhygienic linen.
* Workers are requested to move internal garbage.
* The hospital compound is not adequately fenced and could easily attract would be criminal elements who would like to gain access to the property.
* Security officers do not have any means to communicate to those in authority in the event of a serious crisis at the institution.
The Union has given an ultimatum of Thursday, January 28, 2016 for the Centre to settle those outstanding issues, failing which the employees will discontinue facilitating the implementation of instructions that are not in keeping with the nature of their jobs.
The NWU is of the opinion that the Mental Wellness Centre cannot continue to operate without the required complement of human resource.