Albert-Poyotte Concerned Over Non-Unionised Workers

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Minister for the Public Service, Home Affairs, Labour and Gender Affairs, Dr. Virginia Albert –Poyotte, declaring that she is in pursuit of giving trade unions and workers here their rightful place, has nevertheless lamented that one of her biggest concerns is the large
percentage of non-unionised workers in Saint Lucia.

“One of these days we will take on the challenge to bring some sensibility to them to let them know that the trade union is the only ‘salvation’ that some workers have,” a Department of the Public Service press release quoted Albert-Poyotte, a former President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU), as saying.

The Minister said she sees her entrance into politics as giving the unions a foot in the door of policies and directions in the country. “I see myself as a voice for workers in government”, she declared.

According to the Department of the Public Service press release, Albert –Poyotte, has begun what she describes as “a path-finding” series of meetings with the various trade unions and staff associations on the island.

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The release said that following on the heels of the first meeting with representatives of the trade unions and employee organizations which took place on Friday, September 10, 2021, the Labour Minister met with the Civil Service Association (CSA) and the National Workers Union (NWU) in separate meetings on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, and will continue to engage each trade union and staff association in the coming weeks. She also met representatives of the Labour Department.

Albert-Poyotte said she is aware that in the past, the Labour Department has always been treated as ‘an appendix’ to most ministries, “so that there was not that kind of importance attached to it.”

“So I have decided that as Minister for the Public Service, Home Affairs, Labour and Gender Affairs, that I will bring Labour and Gender Affairs directly under Public Service so they are incorporated into the Public service. The public service deals with negotiations, employment of public sector workers, and as such, they should be in a position to iron out the differences that have arisen over the years,” the Babonneau MP stated.

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