CCC workers vote to ditch Seamen union

Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) workers have voted to abandon the Seamen, Waterfront and General Workers trade union.

CCC workers gathered in the council yard Thursday to indicate their support for joining the National Workers Union (NWU).

Seamen Union Branch Representative, Timothy Alfred, told the Times that the workers had made up their minds to join the NWU over the alleged termination of General Secretary of the Seamen Union, Janice Eugene.

Seamen Union officials were not immediately available for comment.

However the Times was reliably informed that when the term of the last executive of the Seamen Union came to an end, Eugene refused to accept the terms of a new offer that was made to her.

November 30, 2016, is said to have been her last day on the job.


(Timothy Alfred)

Alfred said Eugene had done much for the CCC employees.

“Without her in the Seamen union CCC workers will leave the union because she had worked hard for us,” he explained.

According to Alfred, things that seemed almost  impossible for the workers to achieve at the CCC, Eugene had managed to obtain.

“She wasn’t looking at party or government,” he stated.

Alfred said as far as the CCC workers are concerned, if Eugene is not at the union they will leave.

He disclosed that most of the CCC employees had signed membership documents.

Alfred refused to name the union that the workers had opted to join, but other CCC employees identified the NWU.

He explained that about ninety CCC workers from the Works, Sanitation, Cemetery, Gardens and Landscaping Departments are members of the Seamen union.