THE National Workers Union (NWU) is currently undertaking an operational study in Vieux Fort to determine whether to establish a branch there.
During the last four years, members and branch units in Vieux Fort have been calling on the Castries based NWU to consider opening an outlet in the south to cater to the needs of their members in that part of the island.
“Should the study establish that the organization could sustain the costs of operating in Vieux Fort and that the union would be in a better position to bring services to its members, then a branch office would be opened in Vieux Fort,” the NWU President General, Tyrone Maynard noted.
“This would mean that the National Workers Union would extend its services to members from Anse la Raye down to Vieux Fort on the west coast and from Dennery to Vieux Fort on the east coast,” Maynard added.
Meanwhile a pre-poll meeting between the Management of Bank of Nova Scotia and the NWU organized by the Department of Labour and scheduled for mid December did not come off.
The meeting was to discuss a recognition claim on behalf of the bank workers and set a date for the holding of a secret ballot poll among the bank workers in Gros Islet, Castries and Vieux Fort. Both parties have agreed that the meeting will now be held in the early part of January.
“When the process is completed, it will settle the recognition issue, one way or another, between the Bank of Nova Scotia and the National Workers Union,” noted a statement from the union.
The NWU already represents the majority of workers in the financial services sector.