Tuesday, October 22, 2019

CSA wants clarity on future of SLTB workers

The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has written to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, seeking clarity on the termination of workers there.

The Times broke the story this week about the impending terminations.

CSA President, Yvonne Edwin told the Times that as the bargaining agent for some 28 employees of the SLTB, the union confirmed the story and made contact with the Labour Department.

“To date we have received no official correspondence relating to this matter and we have since written to the Tourist Board in a letter dated November 9 through the Chairperson, requesting an urgent meeting to dialogue on this matter, “Edwin said.

The Times had been reliably informed that SLTB staff had been advised at a meeting earlier this week that termination letters were being prepared and they would have to apply for jobs when the Tourist Board transitions to a Tourism Authority.

The Times was also informed that SLTB overseas representatives were told that their contracts would be terminated.

The CSA President said the union wants to ensure that whatever the plans are for the new Tourism Authority, union members will be treated fairly and not be disadvantaged.

“The full facts regarding this development have not been disclosed and so we choose not to speculate but await official correspondence to clarify this situation,” Edwin explained.

She said the matter was a serious concern for the CSA.

Edwin disclosed that the CSA has not called any meeting with its members or called them out.

“We await the correspondence to clarify the matter,” she told the Times.

An estimated more than sixty workers at the SLTB are expected to be affected by the move to the creation of a Tourism Authority.

The Director of  Tourism,Louis Lewis and his Deputy, Tracy Warner-Arnold, recently resigned and spend their last day on the job earlier this week.




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