PRESS RELEASE – The National Workers Union (NWU) wants to place on national record its admiration and industrial respect for the 27 companies with which the union has had to conduct industrial negotiations over the past three years.
Many Saint Lucians and indeed the National Workers Union fully understand the unhealthy economic environment to which companies have been forced to expose their operations. Despite this situation, the majority of companies have exercised good judgment, vision, creativity and maturity during negotiations which have resulted in justified wage increases, upward adjustments and improved fringe benefits for NWU members and company workers.
The NWU is also pleased that companies have not participated in reneging, roll backs and industrial grab backs that would have led to operational instability and loss of confidence by their employees.
The NWU will continue to cooperate and work with those companies that adhere to and are prepared to work with the processes of good industrial relations, principles and practice.
The NWU is of the firm opinion that Saint Lucia will not attract a huge portion of foreign investment if trade unions, the government as the largest employer, and the private sector, willfully engage in decisions that would undermine the industrial harmony of Saint Lucia.