THE St. Lucia Seamen Waterfront and General Workers’ Trade Union said yesterday it was seeking the urgent intervention of the Labour Commissioner to address what it said appeared to be “a new industrial relation trend adopted by the Castries Constituency Council”.
The Union said it had been reliably informed that 12 temporary employees of the Council have been terminated, without any consideration to the fact that most of these employees have been continuously employed by Council for well over a year.
The Union said in a statement: “Moreover the Union was informed that upon inquiry the employees concerned were informed that Council does not like the idea of having temporary employees and as such has decided to terminate their employment”.
It said it deemed the Council’s action “inconsiderate and high hand”, since the Council had always engaged in hiring employees on a temporary basis with the intention of making them permanent once it was satisfied with their performance.
“These temporary employees constitute part of the bargaining unit and the Union was not consulted on this matter”, it said.