SLTB workers ‘happy’ with termination benefits

SLTB workers ‘happy’ with termination benefits

Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) employees who have been terminated are ‘happy’ with the benefits they will receive, the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has said.

Some 28 of the SLTB workers represented by the CSA have been sent home to pave the way for the creation of a Tourism Authority.

The General Secretary of the union, Wilfred Pierre,  told the Times that a ‘very cordial’ meeting  involving CSA and SLTB representatives was held with Labour Commissioner, Ray Narcisse, on Wednesday.

Pierre said at the meeting, the CSA raised questions about the proposed new Tourism Authority and why the SLTB workers were being sent home.

He stated that there was an indication that there were serious financial constraints facing the SLTB.

Pierre told the Times the meeting was informed that the SLTB had started calculating the termination benefits and had shared some of  the figures with staff.

He disclosed that the collective agreement had indicated that gratuity would be paid upon completion of ten years of service.

However the CSA official explained that a suggestion was made that the tourist board make allowance for persons who had served eight years to get some form of compensation.

Pierre said the SLTB responded well to the suggestion.

“I think it is going to happen,” he declared.

The CSA General Secretary disclosed that the issue of re-engagement of the SLTB workers who have been terminated was also discussed.

“We indicated that these are some of the persons who have skills in the industry and we would like for these persons to be re-engaged when the new entity comes into operation so that they get some level of priority because of their skills and long service,”  Pierre told the Times.

He stated that the SLTB has indicated that there was a willingness to consider those individuals who had the requisite skills and competence, with a view to possibly hiring them in the proposed new Tourism Authority.

“I think it was overall, a very good meeting,” Pierre noted.

He said every indication was given that the tourist board would do everything to make the process as smooth as possible.

Pierre said the union representatives were happy about the calculation of termination benefits.

He explained that the stage has been set for the benefits to now be paid.

“The workers really, they are happy about it,”the CSA General Secretary disclosed.

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm Reply

    I heard that Mr Pierre would be leaving the CSA ..brother as an economist you did well ..representing members during negatiaton and I remember you .making the economic case for us to get the 14.5% and you presented a perfect economic proposal to government and brother you did that while being in the pm office as a senior economist ….bro Pierre I am happy you are leaving cause I know the present executive have been bypassing you and frustrating you…
    But bro wih your extremely good gualifications and experience you would do well. Thanks bro and good bless

  2. Deana
    December 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Hope they fired the one on atlanta. She does nothing.

  3. Anonymous
    December 24, 2016 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I would really like to hear from the workers themselves I have no faith in Mr. Pierre’s words, especially sincetyhe confusion in the union when Mary Issac was around.

  4. Anonymous
    December 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm Reply

    I personally don’t see why ppl paying the union. They hardly do anything for ppl. Better is pripe start saving all the $25 they giving them!

  5. Anonymous
    December 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm Reply

    I personally don’t see why ppl paying the union. They hardly do anything for ppl. Better is people start saving all the $25 they giving them!

  6. Anonymous
    December 25, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply

    This Pierre…

  7. Anonymous
    December 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Pierre is doing PR work for UWP administration…. What a shame as a worker Rep.

  8. Anonymous
    December 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Piggy you are a sell out

  9. Not impressed
    December 29, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply

    Deana, what is wrong with you? Sounds like you have some serious jealously stored up for that Atlanta chick. Grow up and start working on you. Whatever limits you may have, I suspect jealously is your main problem. You seem like the type of person who would be sitting at the obea /witch doctor office praying and paying for evil to befall on someone because you cannot keep up. Get over yourself. It not working.

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