Clamp down on foreign illegal workers

Clamp down on foreign illegal workers

Press Release:Castries, Saint Lucia, March 21, 2017 – The Ministry of Labour is embarking on a drive to clamp down foreign nationals working in Saint Lucia illegally.

It has been brought to the attention of the Labour Department, that there are individuals employed at various organizations here without a valid Work Permit.

The country`s Labour Legislation mandates that overseas nationals desirous of employment in Saint Lucia, must first obtain a work permit or exemption where applicable.

According to the Labour Code #37 of 2006 Section 317 “Control of Employment” Subsection 2 “A person shall not have in his or her employment in Saint Lucia a foreign national without there being in force a valid work permit or an exemption for the requirement for a work permit pursuant to this Code or any other law in force in Saint Lucia in relation to that employment”.

Minister responsible for Labor Honorable Stephenson King says this notification serves as a warning to employers and employees engaged in illegal employment.

“The laws of Saint Lucia are clear when it comes to employment, we want people to adhere to the laws or face the penalties” said Minister King.

The ongoing drive is targeted at people who do not have the necessary documentation.

Employers and or employees who are currently in contravention of the law are asked to visit the Labour Department at Barnard Hill to regularize their employment status urgently.

Failure to comply will result in the case being passes on to the Immigration Department for full enforcement of the law.

Employers and employees should note that a foreign national who engages in occupation in Saint Lucia or is employed in Saint Lucia in contravention of the law is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both.

Should the offence continue, the convicted is liable to a further fine not exceeding five hundred dollars for each day the offence continues and or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

The Labour Minister says government will do what is necessary to ensure that Labour laws are upheld.

He says to achieve a level of organization and improvement to productivity and competiveness in the Labour market, government is committed to reviewing existing labour laws, this year, through social partnership.

 

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52 Comments

  1. JP
    March 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply

    whoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! OK Donald Clump!!

    1. Makaveli
      March 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply

      I bow down………………………. Best comment ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I might get fired for screaming

      1. Anonymous
        March 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply

        what in the world you focus on immigration now when you have all this killings and your Justice Department not doing a Damn thing to combat it!!!!! N**ga.!! Please!!!

      2. JP
        March 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply

        what in the world you focus on immigration now when you have all this killings and your Justice Department not doing a Damn thing to combat it!!!!! Please!!!

        1. Anonymous
          March 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm Reply

          Minister Hermangild Francis is focusing on that, my dear

  2. Pastor Aristide
    March 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Amen to that. But most young st.Lucian don’t want to work, and on the other hand some one have to work

    1. EXPERIENCE OF VIEW OF A TEACHER
      March 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply

      A large part of the youth do not want to work due to the blatant EXPLOITATION ON THE PART OF THE EMPLOYERS here in Saint Lucia.

      They hire you for a particular job description then with the added clause: AND ANY OTHER TASK THAT MAY BE REQUIRED OF YOU.

      Three months into the job people find themselves doing all sorts of errands, even of a personal nature which has nothing to do with the professional aspect of the job.

      Eventually, people find themselves working overtime from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      in order to keep the job, because they need the money. To add insult to injury some employers do not even pay the overtime.

      And these very same employers find it difficult to give permission for these very same employees to attend to urgent personal matters that may arise with their children or health.

      the hotel industry is the principal abuser and exploiter. And we wonder why our youth are without supervision.

      On another note, when the youth realize that despite all the studies that one may do to qualify for a particular job, people are still under-employed.

      So ask yourselves, what hope is there when the successive governments we have elected to protect the people have left them open to the whims and fancies of all those who have the bargaining power.

      SO MINISTER KING I AWAIT YOUR ACTIONS IN ADDRESSING THESE MATTERS.

      1. Anonymous
        March 26, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

        And what makes you think it’s different in the US.

      2. Anonymous
        May 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm Reply

        Look to your own resources! You have a land with soil so rich you can grow things without even trying. Turn back to the land. The bounty of which will pay tenfold! The people will be able to eat cheaply and healthily as well as export to the rest of the region (who woefully ignore their own rich soil as well) to help others. You willl attract the right kind of tourist… not the ones who want to exploit, but the ones who appreciate. Look inside. Look to yourselves!!!!

    2. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply

      True

  3. Sad-But-True
    March 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Isn’t EVIL Chastanet an Illegal worker​?
    SMH.
    I will remove him from office before this year is over.

    1. Pastor Aristide
      March 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

      Stupid

    2. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

      You can see sad but true is unemployed…nun else to do…

    3. Anonymous
      March 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply

      I support u on that as we have something in common to remove him in power

  4. Niya
    March 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Are OECS NATIONALS EXEMPTED OR DO THEYY NEED THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION ALSO?

    1. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm Reply

      PROFESSIONALS AND ARTISTE THAT ARE EXEMPTED UNDER THE OECS REGULATIONS

  5. concerned
    March 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply

    it was about damn time

  6. Serious
    March 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply

    This is very good news. We need to match the rhetoric with some decisive action. Look what is happening here. At the present time the local job market is very competitive. The unemployment rate among the growing youth sector is correspondingly on the rise and very disturbing. The crime rate which is always related to unemployment is also on the rise. So the time has long passed for the authorities to protect the local market and that will be for the benefit of citizens.

  7. Sazzy
    March 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm Reply

    Its about time. Especially these damn Jamaicans who feel they own here. That’s good.

    1. Luz
      March 22, 2017 at 9:11 am Reply

      St Lucia empowers them

    2. Anonymous
      March 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

      Oh yes thoes Jamaicans work for 4: 50 cents cheap labour so they prefer to hire them send them home

  8. Vigilante
    March 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm Reply

    All other islands and countries, should return the favour and send your illegal workers back too. Nuff nonsense

    1. EXPERIENCE OF VIEW OF A TEACHER
      March 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply

      Didn’t you get the memo, they’re already doing it.

    2. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply

      Just remember Jamaicans don’t have street in st lucia. But in Jamaica have so much Lucian they have to gave it the name st lucia Road a lot of them don’t have workpermit some of u don’t work in ur country but overseas you clean white people (Words deleted).

  9. Philbert Dujon
    March 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

    You are doing the right thing Mr. Minister

  10. Newlook
    March 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Let’s start with the S&S people and then the Guyanese by the roadside

    1. Anonymous
      March 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

      The security companies to as well cheap labour hard work and your life at risk

  11. Ronnie P
    March 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Is that a message in preparation for the chinese who are about to start work in Vieux Fort.

    Bordelais is already over crowded.
    Where are you going to put all these illegal non nationals. Are you going to target all these Guyanese who voted for you.

    1. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply

      They will be deported.

      We need to feed ourselves first before we can feed strangers.

      Simple home economics.

      Your country owes you we don’t!

      Come to think of it when you foreigners get comfortable you tend to disrespect St. Lucians in their own land.

      Well done Minister.

  12. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply

    Is that a message in preparation for the chinese who are about to start work in Vieux Fort.

    Bordelais is already over crowded.
    Where are you going to put all these illegal non nationals. Are you going to target all these Guyanese who voted for you.

    OK Donald Trump.

  13. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Wow they lower vat and now they trying and make money on strangers..well to bad we all are illegals just passing through..and tell our pm dont try and do the trump stunt ..and hope so he investigate all the ppl who has ID cards voted for slp and uwp and they eh have nadda

  14. Policia
    March 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply

    King fed up with ti chas pappy show ruling so he moving him you all a check d play stay deh still you all to friad i luv king smart man

  15. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Well when u send all Guyanese back to Guyana ; we will send all the St Lucians back that liveing in Guyana back to St Lucia too MAY I REMIND U BE CAREFUL MOST OF THE GUYANESE THAT LIVEING IN ST LUCIA HAVE A MOTHER OR A FATHER FROM ST LUCIA DONT FORGET THAT THIS MAY COME BACK TO HAUNT U

  16. Amie dodo
    March 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply

    The mp should have them pay a monthly fee and let them continue their lively Wood Amen cause after all is s bread they are trying to earn cause right now my son is the one sending me some money and he is not one hundred percent legal although its in process ,so you can understand what sm saying and that’s the u s a in Jesus name Amen

  17. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Was about time.

  18. south
    March 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Does King have a work permit? He was born in Saint. Vincent.

  19. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply

    We Luciana don’t know what we won’t.

  20. Just saying
    March 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply

    To ask for persons to do the right thing is now a problem. Yet we complain about crime. Just simply adhere to the law. What is wrong in getting people to do stuff the right way. Wrong is wrong no matter who is doing it or where it’s being done. We must start being objective.

    1. the sha
      March 28, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply

      How dumb can some people be? When there are elegal workers this robs the country of taxes and also deprives other legitimate peoples from getting a job. All the authorities are asking is that people need to follow the law. Get it done right! (Words deleted)

  21. Kingsha
    March 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply

    King is a illegal

    1. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      That statement is so immature. Note that you are a citizen of Saint Lucia when one or both parents are Saint Lucian. Based on the free movement of people. OECS ratification.

  22. rage
    March 21, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

    maybe make it conducive for people to work here instead of having 7500 dollar work permits?

  23. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm Reply

    I canot belive I am hearing this; small Island talk even Mr King; stop ACTING LIKE USA THIS IS SMALL ISLAND WAT U TRYING MIGHT COME BACK TO HUNT U BE CAREFUL; U ARE A FORINER IN ANOTHER MAN LAND TOO DONT GET TIE UP THIS IS GOD LAND NO MAN OWN IT ; WHEN WE DIE WE CANOT TAKE IT WITH US

    1. Anonymous
      March 23, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply

      That’s right send them back ,make space for all the illegal st Lucian criminals Trump will be sending down anytime now.

  24. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Well this is terrible; I never heard them mention 1 seryan May I ask mr king this can a St Lucian go to sera ,and china and work no But they can go Guyana and Jamica , come on Mr King be real for yrs now we black people struggleing to survive and now this I am so fed up with this; before u try and help to putcthe country together u are looking for division ; at this time I am wondering if this is an excuse

  25. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Hey let’s make St Lucia great again

  26. Vigilante
    March 22, 2017 at 10:24 am Reply

    I wonder if he want to send Dominic back too. Lol. Soaps. Which Guyanese you sending home when all of them got their ID card. Oh how quickly you all forget. (Words deleted)

  27. Calvin
    March 23, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply

    Welcome to global integration, get used to it, that’s the new reality.

    St. Lucians and those of other nations are Notorious for going elsewhere and overstayingtheir visit, choosing instead to get illegal jobs and roll underneath the radar screen unil they get in trouble and get themselves deported. That’s hy visitor’s visas have been implemented by numerous nations with respect to SLU.

    The same is true for SLU. Thousands from around the world come here looking for paradise, and simply overstay their visit?

    The reason?

    The reason is, most unfortunately, because they are willing to take jobs here that native St. Lucians are either unwilling to take because they feel it is beneath them and not willing to do a decnt day’s work, or because they haven’t stayed in school and lack the skills to do the jobs.

    Depending on the definition used for establishment of unemployement statistics, the rate is probably more in the range of 42% +/-.

    Yet, there are all manner of jobs that are vacant and emplyeres seeking employees.

    it’s no wonder that there is such migration to SLU from North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, India, pakistan, and north Africa by educated, talented people with a strong work ethic, strong religious values, that are willing to take jobs that many here, very simply, don’t want since they feel its beneath them, they being instead content with complaining, in-fighting, fetes, idling, spromiscuity and excess drinking.

    Let’s be honest — the young generation, largely based on the way they have been raised, are slack, idle, lazy, and have an over-inflated sense of entitlement from watching too much TV.

    Of course many St. Lucians are being squeezed out, and it’s their own fault. Bravo to our foreign talent that is helpng our economy.

    1. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm Reply

      You’re so right!!
      AnonymousMay 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm REPLY ↓
      Look to your own resources! You have a land with soil so rich you can grow things without even trying. Turn back to the land. The bounty of which will pay tenfold! The people will be able to eat cheaply and healthily as well as export to the rest of the region (who woefully ignore their own rich soil as well) to help others. You willl attract the right kind of tourist… not the ones who want to exploit, but the ones who appreciate. Look inside. Look to yourselves!!!!

  28. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Most of them work for guardsman cheap labour

  29. Policia
    March 26, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    FROM A PRIMINISTER TO MINISTER THIS IS ILLEGAL..

  30. Mami
    March 26, 2017 at 10:23 am Reply

    Wow lmao pm to min .this is illegal good one

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