King: Positive response to crackdown on illegal workers

Labour Minister, Stephenson King, has said that since the recent announcement of a crackdown on foreign nationals working here illegally, there has been a positive response.

“A number of employers and persons who probably may have violated the labour act which relates to work permits – section 316, we have seen a number of employers and other individuals coming forward to the Department of Labour Work Permit section requesting some form of regularisation,” King disclosed.

He explained in some instances the issue related to renewal of work permits while other cases warranted investigation.

According to King, in rare circumstances persons have provided reasons why their work permits have lapsed.

“We do appreciate the fact that those individuals have responded to the notice that was given a few weeks ago and understand the importance of operating within the framework of the law,” the minister said.

He revealed that the next step for the labour department will be to conduct a number of field visits to business places and locations where it is believed that work permit violations are taking place, to enforce the law.

King said he is very satisfied that the labour department has been able to execute its mandate.

Responding to a suggestion that the authorities here should have announced an amnesty prior to the crackdown on illegal workers here, King observed that although the recent notice did not speak of an amnesty, it is in effect an amnesty.

“In such cases what I have done is to ignore the fact that they have transgressed the law, ignore the fact that their work permits have lapsed by months and in one instance, a year – we have ignored that, giving them an unofficial amnesty. So there is a kind of amnesty being granted to those persons,” he stated.

However King explained that persons should not believe that the situation will continue without any redress.

“We will bring the law to bear and we will ensure that Saint Lucian laws are adhered to as far as the labour act is concerned,” the former Prime Minister asserted.





  1. Shanta
    April 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

    No to illegal workers

  2. elegal
    April 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

    and you all crying out foul when Trump deport them. so you’re blatantly breaking the country immigration laws and you want the country to bend backwards for you??

  3. neli
    April 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

    There are too many of us without work to have amnesty

  4. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 11:19 am

    So now we are kicking out our Caribbean brothers and sisters but will welcome Chinese workers…. Wat a ting!!

    1. Anonymous
      April 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Well said

  5. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Money making ting

  6. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 11:40 am

    We all are brothers and sister’s in Christ.

  7. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Hmm well boy; look out for St Lucians coning home from the carribean Island too, because if u can do it other country will do it too;

  8. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    King is a happy man in his own skin; dont say I did not tell u so; stop blaming it on Elegal Imgrants ; and tell the people the truth

  9. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm


  10. Anonymous
    April 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Most of them work in security jobs for 4:25 cents 12 hours a day with one day off a week the security companies exploit the situation with cheap labour its about time goverment investigate thoes big security companies and make sure workers are paid 10 dollars an hour what future can a man have when he works for less than 60 dollars a day to feed his family it is the system who is responsible for all the crime in st lucia the international labour organization need to come to st lucia to see how people get paid in thoes low life gutter jobs puting your life at risk

    1. Anonymous
      April 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Our governments don’t care about the plight of workers

      1. Anonymous
        April 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

        Oh no the goverment does not seem to give a dam about the hardworking men and women in St lucia, as some of them have big business and are also exploiters to

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