60 St Lucia petrol workers sent home
CASTRIES –– Approximately 60 employees of Buckeye St Lucia Terminal Limited, the company that bought Hess Oil operations here, had their services terminated yesterday.
The workers said they got the news on showing up for work yesterday morning.
This sparked protest action and as a result law enforcement officials were called in to restore and maintain order.
The company in a statement issued yesterday said “as part of Buckeye St Lucia Terminal Limited’s ongoing effort to complete the transition to Buckeye’s business and operating culture, the company is undergoing a reorganization and restructuring”.
“As such, certain positions at the terminal will be modified, expanded, or eliminated.”
The company further added: “These changes are intended to enhance the company’s ability to meet future challenges and is part of the company’s commitment to safety, environmental responsibility, regulatory compliance and personal integrity.
“These changes will better position our terminal personnel to take advantage of future operating enhancements and business opportunities, as well as encourage individual employee growth,” it added.
According to the company, as required by the Labour Code, it consulted the islands labour department to ensure the necessary steps were taken.
The dismissed employees will receive an ex-gratia severance payment and the company says it will be evaluating opportunities to assist employees in transitioning to new employment.
Buckeye St Lucia Terminal, is one of several business operations to have either closed or down-sized their operations as a result of the problems in the St Lucia economy.