PM, NWU to meet on Majestic Industries compensation matter
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he is concerned about the plight of former Majestic Industries Limited employees who still await compensation 15 years after the company shut down operations.
The prime minister has promised a meeting with the workers bargaining unit, the National Workers Union (NWU) this week.
Chastanet told reporters this week of being in possession of a letter sent by the NWU highlighting the situation with the former Majestic employees but noted that he will reserve comments on the matter until after he meets with the NWU, which would put him in a position to fully assess the matter.
NWU Secretary General Johann Harewood, who penned the letter
He notes the length of time employees have been waiting for their just due and implies that he is all for doing something to rectify the matter.
When asked what can he or government do, in terms of a policy approach, to prevent a reoccurrence of this in the future, Chastanet said better due diligence, ensuring that employers pay National Insurance Corporation (NIC) dues and that foreign investors adhere to the rules and laws of Saint Lucia that particularly are of concern to employees.
Majestic Industries Limited was an American owned company operating out of Bisee from the early seventies. The company’s sudden shut down of its operations in 2004 left employees baffled. Since then the NWU has been fighting to get them whatever monies due them but to no avail.
The NWU has been calling on government to sell property owned by the company and use the proceeds to compensate the former employees.