National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) workers in Soufriere staged a brief protest today, after receiving letters that the government of Saint Lucia will not renew their contracts come March 31, 2017.
The letter informed the workers that they will be given an opportunity to reapply to the project once the details and staffing needs of the initiative are finalized.
The office of the prime minister has announced plans to reform the NICE project which it says is currently not in keeping with its original mandate.
According to the government, the project is being examined to determine whether it fits in with its original mandate to allow persons to acquire a skill over a six month period to make them employable.
The Prime Minister’s, Nancy Charles, told HTS Television evening news that persons who have been employed by NICE were given consecutive contract renewals.
Charles explained that the bulk of the funding for the NICE programme has come from the government which has had to borrow money to support the initiative.