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SLASPA WORKERS TEMPORARILY RESORT TO STRIKE ACTION OVER SALARY DISPUTE

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MBC Prime has learned monthly paid workers employed by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority on March 29 withdrew their services amid an unresolved industrial dispute. Operations at the shipping container facility at Port Castries, which is managed by SLASPA, were disrupted as a result of an industrial flare up MBC Prime understands. SLASPA management and the National Workers Union who represents monthly paid workers have been at the negotiation table to hammer out the details of a proposed wage increase. SLASPA officials told MBC Prime the operations resumed after an “emergency meeting” was held. The National Workers Union who did not confirm or deny the alleged strike action says a public statement will be issued on the status of negotiations in the coming days. MBC Prime sources say the workers represented by NWU have rejected a 1% salary increase offered by SLASPA. The workers are holding out for a reported 6% salary bump.

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GUNFIRE ERUPTS IN THE CITY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT CRIME REDUCTION

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With the involvement of various government and non- governmental organisations, Equity and Social Justice Minister, Joachim Henry has disclosed will deal more resolutely with the crime situation in Saint Lucia. Henry’s statement came hours prior to police response to reports of heavy gunfire in the capital on Wednesday, June 15th.

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SHOPPERS TAKE LONG QUEUES FOR SUGAR

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Shoppers complain about hour-long lines following the delivery of sugar at the government supply warehouse at Faux Au Chaux Sugar has been available at various shelves throughout the island on June 13th.

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OPENING SESSION – CDB MEETING OF GOVERNORS

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The 52ND annual meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank went underway at the Ritz Carlton on Host Island Turks and Caicos. Representing this station is News Director Jade Brown who will provide some insight into the highly anticipated weeklong event.

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