(PRESS RELEASE) — Labour Minister Stephenson King has ruled in favour of the five former employees of Soufriere Hot Wire Rides Ltd.
The company made the services of these employees redundant without following the process enshrined in the Labour Act 2006 section 369.
The workers, who were represented by the National Workers Union (NWU), had the opportunity to present their case at a mediation meeting of the company and the NWU, chaired by Minister King. Senior Labour Officer Joseph Joseph also made a presentation in which he pointed out that the company did not work within the rules.
At the said meeting, Joseph Alexander, executive director of the St. Lucia Employers Federation, admitted that the company did inadvertently break the law and would await the minister’s decision.
Having heard the presentation from both parties, the minister ruled that the company had inadvertently broken the Labour Act section 369 and requested that the company pays, to each worker, the sum of EC$2,000 as compensation for the failure of the company to adhere to the Labour Act.