Prime Minister Embarks on “Meet the Workers” Tour

Press Release:Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet will embark on a “Meet the Workers” Tour which will take the Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service around the island to various Government departments and agencies.

The first phase of the tour begins in June 2017 during which the Prime Minister will hear firsthand the issues directly affecting workers at the St. Jude Hospital, the Victoria Hospital, the National Insurance Corporation, the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority and the Saint Lucia Development Bank.

The extensive exercise is also intended to give the Prime Minister an opportunity to evaluate the working conditions of the staff and to enlighten employees about the direction of the Government. This tour speaks particularly to the Prime Minister’s portfolios of Job Creation and Economic Growth as he will also be outlining steps already taken by the Government to facilitate job enhancement, improve productivity and ensure workers are adapting to the ever evolving work environment.

Speaking about the upcoming tour the Prime Minister added that he will also take the opportunity to show appreciation to the workers and to address some serious outstanding issues.

“We must as a Government recognize the contributions of the working population and show them we value their input as a partner in national development,” noted Prime Minister Chastanet. “I am looking forward to this tour where I get to meet people one on one and in groups and hear their concerns. It presents an ideal opportunity for us to jump start discussions on a range of issues.”

The Government of Saint Lucia recognizes that the world of work is dynamic and we must ready our people to face the opportunities and challenges at the local, regional and international levels.

The “Meet the Workers” tour will continue throughout the rest of the year and will give workers an avenue to have their voices heard and foster meaningful conversation on addressing their concerns in a holistic manner.

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7 Comments

  1. humm
    May 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Never happened under any other PM. Great Initiative just make sure you complete it and be honest and real with us.Thank you

    1. R
      May 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply

      Ditto

  2. Lynn
    May 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Way to go PM

    1. Calvin
      May 27, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

      This man identifying himself (link below) as a young St. Lucian citizen put it very well.

      Nice to see the young generation saying what they think and getting engaged in the discussion of our future, which they will inherit.

      http://thevoiceslu.com/2017/05/let-government-work/

      1. Anonymous
        May 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply

        anyone can identify them self as a young St. Lucian. It seems that he is less than TWO years old to write the nonsense that is in the Voice article. We must stop looking at DSH as a UWP project and as something that will affect our country for decades to come. MOST persons are not against DSH but think that in its present form it is not god. I MARCHED in Castries because I believe that if as a grown St. Lucian over 50 years old I do not agitate for my child and grand children they may becomes SLAVES to DSH. PERSONS NEED TO STEP BACK, THROW OFF THEIR POLITICAL AFFILIATION AND LOOK AT THE PROJECT AND HOW IT WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT FUTURE GENERATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY.

  3. Anonymous
    May 26, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply

    Do your work Mr. PM. So far so good.

    1. Calvin
      May 27, 2017 at 1:15 am Reply

      Simply stated, *listening* and *understanding* individual voters’ concerns, support, questions, recommendations is a compellingly powerful demonstration of leadership in action.

      However, in other cases elsewhere in the world, as these types of initiatives have rolled out, they have been, rightly or wrongly sometimes been perceived or spun in media and/or by opposing political interests as simply being a hackneyed “whistle-stop tour” of photo ops and being purposefully stacked with participants that are supportive and provided with planted questions, and so on.

      Ideally, to help negate this possibility, there should be same-day or next day reporting out by the government of the proceedings of each meeting. That would include the supportive input, the concerns, the questions, and a cumulative summary of the take-aways that the government is getting from these nationwide F2F (face to face) consultations.

      In this regard, press releases and social media provide the government a tremendous opportunity for it to include the nation on a very timely, transparent, and inclusive basis on these consultations. Further, it then diminishes the risks of opponents not in agreement and not willing to contribute to the national dialogue to instead hijack and spin a story on the consultations for their own disruptively selfish and non-constructive purposes that are not in the national interest, nor recognize that, and let’s be honest, we have a duly elected government that’s been given a mandate by a definitive majority of St. Lucians to lead our nation into what can be a promising future.

      This consultation could be a truly defining action in our nation’s recent history.

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