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The president of the St Lucia Civil Service Association has weighed in on a claim made by workers employed at the Sandals hotel chain here, and has highlighted the importance of the trade union movement in protecting the rights of workers.

Suggestions are that the management of the resort chain has established a new cell phone policy which workers have been forced to sign on to. The claim also suggests that the failure to do so would have resulted in immediate termination.

Speaking on the issue Ms Mary Isaac cited the situation currently facing workers as a strong example why workers must protect themselves against what they believe are infringements on their rights.

She says while the hotel is within its rights to establish policies as it deems fit, the workers are to shoulder the blame for the absence of a protection mechanism.

Ms Isaac believes that this latest situation should serve as a wake-up call to Sandals employees and other hotel workers who do not have union representation.

Ms Isaac says despite the gains made by the trade union movement here some workers are yet to understand the value of the organization.
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