St Jude Hospital Workers Protest Return Of Human Resource Director

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St Jude Hospital (SJH) employees Tuesday staged a protest over the presence at the medical facility of its Human Resource Director, who is at the centre of an investigation.

Andrew Piltie had been sent on administrative leave amidst the ongoing probe.

However an SJH official described his “brief’ presence Tuesday on the job as being the result of “administrative miscommunication”.

The official explained that Piltie’s administrative leave has been extended for one month.

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Solace Myers, the Deputy President General of the National Workers Union (NWU) told St Lucia Times that the SJH workers informed the union of Piltie’s presence on the job.

Myers said they told the NWU that the Human Resource Director who is at the centre of a petition containing serious claims relating to his professional conduct, was on the job even though he was supposed to be on administrative leave.

The NWU Deputy President General explained that the SJH employees were understandably unhappy and taken aback.

According to Myers, as far as the NWU is aware, a report from the investigation into claims made against the Human Resource Director has not been submitted.

She declared that for the official to report to work constituted “total disrespect” in regard to the process and the workers who signed the petition prompting the investigation and meetings with the Ministers of Health and Labour to address the situation.

Myers said while the Human Resource Director was at the SJH, the workers represented by the NWU “took themselves out of the situation.”

She recalled that union officials went to Vieux Fort to “stabilise” matters and were eventually told that the offending senior member of staff would leave.

Myers said he left and the workers continued their duties.

Earlier this month, a mediation meeting held between the management of  SJH and the leadership of the chairmanship of Labour Minister Stephenson King, had discussed the petition submitted by the employees of the hospital in which the human resource manager was accused of a number of “industrial atrocities.”

The parties reached agreement on a number of issues, including that  Andrew Piltie would be sent on administrative leave and an impartial investigation would be conducted.

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