Labour Department can force closure of Soufriere station

The Department of Labour has said that it can enforce closure of the Soufriere police station, after officers there said they will defy a directive to abandon the building due to health and safety violations.

Health and Safety Officer, Andres Griffith, told the Times that he will be visiting the station today to speak with the officer in charge.

“I will go there and check the situation,” Griffith told the Times, adding that if there is a serious hazard to workers the Labour Department can stop all activities.

A letter issued to the officer in charge yesterday directed that all  working activities at the station cease effective 4:pm, February 9, 2017.

The directive came after a Health and Safety Officer conducted an inspection of the station.

 

 

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

    government officials its simply u all spend time sitting and running your mouths about healthcare. If the place not clean then clean it fix them allways when people get sick or hurt stop crying we St Lucians have top line staff cleaners in the hotel’s industry and we can’t afford to keep the forces clean.

  2. Citizen
    February 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Why are they not conplying with the order from the labour department? Aren’t they suppose to set the example? How are we the public suppose to respect the rules when the police aren’t. Total disrespect!!! I am disappointed in the president of the police welfare association. What is in it for you exactly? Had it been the labour party in power would not problem to direct your guys to comply. I know you are a black man but I see the colour yellow shining all over. When will it not be about politics in this small country of ours?

  3. Citizen
    February 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Why are they not complying with the order from the labour department? Aren’t they suppose to set the example? How are we the public suppose to respect the rules when the police aren’t. Total disrespect!!! I am disappointed in the president of the police welfare association. What is in it for you exactly? Had it been the labour party in power it would not be a problem to direct your guys to comply. I know you are a black man but I see the colour yellow shining all over. When will it not be about politics in this small country of ours?

  4. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    They should really visit the vieux fort police station for so many electrical hazard,water. Passing through electrica fixtures and the list goes on

  5. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Reliable sources have indicated that the meeting with soufriere police and police commissioner did not resolve the matter. The officers are currently still out of the station. Sources indicate that the officer was more upset at the fact that the labour department was contacted than anything else. He also sort to silence persons when they tried to ask questions. When questioned he would reply with “what is your rank ?” The commissioner also said that the gentleman who performed the inspection of the building did not have the authority to do such since he was simply a representative of the inspector

  6. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I’m totally disappointed with the way the acting police commissioner spoke to our officers in connection with the deplorable conditions we work in. Mr commissioner that’s not the way u speak to people or try to resolve a situation. I no u are not fluent in speaking and it’s always a shame to hear u speak broken English. So don’t ask people what’s their rank cause a PC can express themselves better than u. We miss our Vernon Phillip Francois so much and knowing him he would have dealt with that better than you. U questioning officers about their ranks when a question is ask. Now I need to question how did u reach that post cause u can’t speak nor being articulate. Shame on you Desir

  7. Cat
    February 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Why worry when they are comfortable in the situation.

    1. Sulpharian
      February 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Its not about being comfortable with the situation, being in certain situations due process does have to take effect. We can’t always have knee-jerk reactions to matters around us. Bravo sulphur city officers, you have acted with grace, diplomacy and professionalism as we the public have seen you suffer for years. At times it was unbearable even for us to stand in the front of your station as the stench that emanated was just repulsive. Bravo again.

      1. Chin
        February 12, 2017 at 9:15 am

        Enlighten me please! When persons do not comply with orders given by Labour Department can this be considered as breaking the law? If it is shame for the police cause they are the ones who should set the example. The laws of the land is for everyone including police officers.

  8. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Labour department take a stand, stop letting people dictate, you know what you should do stand up for your workers that is what we need do your job stand firm.

  9. Quincy Anderson
    February 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

    It only take 8 months 4 this situation to arise. Smh.

  10. Quincy Anderson
    February 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Can someone tell me the condition of the soufriere police station prior to election 2016 ?Call it politics if u want, but I see no more than this. That Obertin guy a lot is left to be seen from him I will be watching very closely.

  11. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 10:55 am

    There should have a UWP department instead of a labour department. Cause Obertin is surely a labour. What else you’ll expect.

  12. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

    St.Lucians need to stand strong and allow our prime minister to take us out of the ditch the previous administration has gotten us into.nuff said!!!

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