Press Release:-The National Workers Union (NWU) has requested an audience with Ho. Stephenson King, as Minister for Labour, to discuss a Petition signed by about three hundred (300) workers formerly employed with Majestic Industries Limited.
Majestic Industries Limited was a subsidiary of Cleevepack International, owned by Americans who operated in Saint Lucia for over thirty (30) years. Its main base was at Vide Bouteille at the back of J. E. Bergasse in a factory shell on many acres of land that was also owned by the company.
The company employed over three hundred (300) male and female workers. The pay roll was about $240,000.00 monthly. Company operations ceased suddenly on June 24, 2004 and none of the workers received compensation due to them.
Going forward the NWU redirected the issue to Mr. MacStephen Aubertin who was then Labour Commissioner. Mr. Aubertin informed the NWU that he received instructions to hand over the matter to Mr. Peter Foster, Attorney at Law. It was expected that the company’s property would have been sold and the workers would be paid. To date that has not happened.
It is against this background that the former employees through the signed petition are requesting the intervention of Hon. Stephenson King as Minister for Labour and seeking an audience with him.