The Castries Constituency Council (CCC), is holding out retirement benefits to vendors as part of a vendor registration programme.
Aspects of the soon to be launched programme were discussed last week at a meeting with Castries vendors.
The gathering was attended by merchants from the Vendors Arcade, the provisions and craft markets and roadside traders.
Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis was among CCC officials in attendance.
Francis underscored the need for vendors to display unity whilst urging them to take advantage of the vendor registration programme.
He disclosed that as part of the initiative, vendors will get free access to public comfort stations and job letters identifying them as authorised vendors.
The Mayor also told the vendors that by taking advantage of the registration initiative, there will be provisions to gain National Insurance Corporation (NIC) retirement and Health Insurance packages.
“We are now modifying our programme so that all vendors listed under our Vendors’ Registration Programme will benefit meaningfully,” Francis explained.
CCC Communications Manager, Jason Hullingseed expressed support for the efforts of the vendors.
“We support your efforts, your determination and the work that you do and give our assurance that through the Vendors’ Registration Progamme every vendor will benefit greatly as it’s our way of doing things better for you,” Hullingseed declared.
According to the CCC, last week’s meeting, one of many with City merchants, saw over 90 per cent of Arcade Vendors in attendance.
The council has said that over seventy 70 persons have so far been registered.