Saint Lucia Begins Consultations To Review Labour Act

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Press Release:–  On Wednesday October 21st 2020 the Department of Labour engaged stakeholders in the first of three consultations geared towards fine tuning proposals for the amendment of the Labour Act Cap.16.04 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia. 

The Department brought together representatives of employer organisations, trade unions and private sector bodies to review and finalise the Matrix which had been put together by themselves and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to ensure clarity and agreement on the proposed amendments.

Minister for Labour Hon. Stephenson King stated that the review was opportune and a prudent decision by the Office of Labour Commissioner amidst the challenges and opportunities brought to the fore with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Some of the issues touched on were the practices and procedures to be followed to effect redundancies, adherence to the principles of natural justice as well as the procedures of a quasi-judicial nature versus that of a Court of Law. 

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Occupational Safety and Health issues also formed part of the discussions. 

The hierarchy of the Ministry in the persons of both Minister and Permanent Secretary were present for the duration of the consultation signifying the importance attached to this activity. 

The discussion was frank and open with the Minister for Labour pledging his unwavering commitment and support for the process, towards ensuring that the proposed amendments would be taken to Cabinet and eventually tabled in Parliament. 

Stakeholders also pledged their support and commitment to the process and the provision of the necessary feedback.

It is expected that stakeholders will review and provide further comments and feedback to the Department which will then reconvene with all parties to finalise the draft proposals for amendment.  T

his recent consultation is but one example of the Government of Saint Lucia’s commitment to tripartism and social dialogue. 

(Headline photo courtesy Shoeib Abolhassani)

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