RCI St. Lucia
posted on July 23, 2013 10:21
The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) is seeking to clarify the issues surrounding its position on the current industrial unrest within the organization
In keeping with good management practice, the NIC states in a news release that it conducted a reclassification exercise which was completed last year, with the aim of upgrading its job classification plan.
The statement adds that while the NIC is aware that reclassification is a management right and not that of a union, in a true spirit of partnership, it engaged the union throughout the process and the feedback from the Union was incorporated into the final report approved by the NIC Board of Directors.
But the organization says as the NIC prepares to implement the reclassification exercise, the union has continued to disregard the rights of management as contained in the Collective Agreement between the parties and at this late stage, the Union is seeking to introduce non compensable factors, such as “length of service”, which is not considered in a reclassification exercise.
In June, an agreement to end the impasse was reached at the office of the Labour Commissioner which the Union reneged on a few days later demanding that NIC issue the private and personal information of staff without the written permission of the staff. The NIC claims that to accede to this demand would be a violation of its responsibility regarding confidentiality of staff information and would set an undesirable precedentNIC respects the rights of the Union to bargain collectively on behalf of the staff in the bargaining unit and to represent the staff when aggrieved. However the NIC cannot allow the NWU to compromise Management’s right in respect of the NIC’s workforce or to violate its duty to safeguard the private and personal information of its staff.