Strike action by LUCELEC workers is planned for November 17.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia--St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited LUCELEC confirms it received a copy of the notice from the National Workers Union to the labour minister dated October 18, 2023, advising of the intention of its Grade Four to Nine employees who are members of the union to carry out strike action from 8:00am on November 17.
LUCELEC maintains that it has taken all steps in accordance with the requirements of the Labour Act Cap.16.04 of the revised laws of Saint Lucia to resolve all known grievances raised by the union.
These include the two cited in the notice of strike action, namely:
* The failure of management of St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd. LUCELEC to bring to speedy resolution outstanding grievances.
* The non-resolution of long outstanding industrial relations matters, including: the ECUPS Pension Plan and the 30% Shift Allowance.
Additionally, LUCELEC and the union were advised on Friday, November 3, that the issues cited in the second grievance have since been sent to the Labour Tribunal for resolution.
This prevents the company from taking further action on these matters until that body has met and issued a judgement.
LUCELEC awaits the response from the union to the minister’s letter.
LUCELEC advises its customers and the general public that the company is prepared to take all necessary actions to minimise the impact of the proposed strike action on its operations on the stated day and going forward. Source: St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited ~ St. Lucia Times ~