Staff issues at Labour Department to be addressed

The Ministry of Labour is trying to address staff issues at the Labour Department, Labour Minister Stephenson King has disclosed.

King’s disclosure follows an announcement that the department will be cracking down on non-nationals who are working here illegally.

The minister expressed the hope that with the passage of the budget, the labour department will be strengthened to address such issues and be even more vigilant.

King explained that the mandate of the labour department includes deploying staff to make spot checks at places of business, to ensure that non-national employees are not working here illegally.

He said under the OECS and Caricom regimes there are protocols that allow for the free movement of people and labour.

“We are very mindful of what the arrangements are, but what we are saying is that persons who are operating outside of the legislative framework – we need them regularized,” King told reporters.

Questioned about the commitment of locals to work, King said whether Saint Lucians want to work has been a burning issue.

However he said the government believes that it has a responsibility to ensure that locals are given access to jobs.

The minister noted that as work permits are issued, the authorities will be seeking to address areas where there is a deficit of local skill by providing relevant training for Saint Lucians.

“We cannot just continue to issue work permits,” King declared.


  1. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Staff issues at labour department…haha

  2. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    It was high time …

  3. bambi
    March 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Talk talk talk and more TALK

  4. 666
    March 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Hope you are aware of the difference between the OECS and CARICOM…the OECS has an economic union.

    OECS nationals are free to move, work, setup shop, live permanently within the bloc. The rest of CARICOM do not have that privilege. Long live the Little Ones/OECS.

  5. Vigilante
    March 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Yes. Government in trouble trying to distract St. Lucians with the issue of security workers, a job St. Lucians don’t want to do. Send them packing and see how many baby daddies will be out of St. Lucia

    1. Anonymous
      March 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Is A security job of 4:50 cents an hour 12 hours a day one day off a week is that an attractive job that is slavery

      1. Anonymous
        March 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

        I like it and they want u too risk ur life and or not insurand if and when u get hurt .Is it worth getting hurt for 5.00$ ask tell dem the company paying dem 15-20$ per gaurd

      2. Anonymous
        March 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm

        Are u crazy most security guards work for less than 4:50 an hour there are educated o people working as guards just because of circumstances but they are exploited and afraid to speak out they pay guards 4;50 an hour and pocketing the money

  6. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    It about time

  7. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Amen.they are mostly in security companies

    1. Anonymous
      March 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm


  8. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Exploitation they should be in jail

  9. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Lollll…… St lucian crying out send the Guyanese back and Jamician back to they country; st lucians can u hear me; ….. r u teady to take on the Job , working as a security…tell me; are u willing to do it; .. so stop barking; lazy people always complaing ; they dont want to work but want to get pay; o boy dont talk for goverment workers, always sick ; have a problen ; in planning worse yet; go to get paper work done they on the phones texing or the gone for lunch 2 hours can’t return … tell me u people want to work I dont think so, stop complaing, and do the work , all they good for is fight each other down, bunch of dumb heads, lazy people drink rum and talk sh……. all the time

    1. none of ur business
      March 29, 2017 at 5:03 am

      Smh black people… no love no unity

    2. none of ur business
      March 29, 2017 at 5:06 am

      You must be a Guyanese, calling Lucian names… der ban volerre

    3. Anonymous
      March 29, 2017 at 10:01 am

      ikr. Well said

  10. Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    U so right ….. hmmn

  11. Anonymous
    March 29, 2017 at 8:02 am


  12. Anonymous
    March 29, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Guardsman guardsman guardsman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Anonymous
    March 29, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Your Guyanese and jamician think your own Lucia der_ban_volerre gtf out of here badminded people.

  14. Joblo
    March 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Tanto tanto…☝☝☝

  15. Talk city
    March 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    A certain security company is decreasing the rates of their workers from the rate of 4.50 to the rate of 4.15 and their overtime rate becomes the 4.50 as overtime ………………That’s big robbery to me……
    Mr King these companies need to be reviewed​.And before going to the head of these companies talk to the workers themselves ask questions and hear their cry……………

  16. Joblo
    March 29, 2017 at 10:13 am

    There’s a major security firm from Jamaica which is said to be victimising their staff, having drivers sign illegal documents, trying everything in their power to minimise their employees pay and on and on. These buisiness places need to be thouroughly investigated and its high time that we take a stand for our rights in this place.

  17. viewer
    March 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Staff issues about illegals,seriously,what’s about the business establishments which are not paying money owed to their employees for overtime…especially, security officers who worked hard for what’s theirs. The labour department knows about these issue and yet they perpetuate it,because they know the individual who own these companies, so they procrastinate for as long as possible… There are many people who work below the minimum wage on this island but nothing is done to alleviate the issues. These are the pivotal things which need to be taken earnestly.

  18. Anonymous
    March 29, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    They are all in the secret socities so they protect each other no one in a security job should work for less than 10 dollars an hour goverment need to investigate thoes security companies

  19. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 11:52 am


    About time , St Lucia government need to open their eye

  20. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I working for 4.25 an hour for Guardsman 6 days a week 12 hours a day. Risking my life as a woman and working nights only. I do it because I don’t have a choice. I have kids to send to school and bills to pay.Now the worst thing about it is l live in the South and have to travel every day to work and bus taking almost half of my salary. That’s messed up and boss man getting all the benefits while l work hard at nights

  21. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    O boy ; y complain; do the Job ; or give it to some one else, lots more mouth out there to feed

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