By Admin. Updated 11:50 a.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
The Public Service Union (PSU) says that workers at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Center will be withdrawing their services, effective July 5, 2021, because of the inaction of the Ministry of Health to address concerns.
The Union says that it informed Her Excellency, the Governor General of their decision, in accordance with provisions made in the Essential Services Act (CAP 211) of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Public Service Union (PSU), which represents, generally, public servants, says it has tried unsuccessfully, during the past year, to get the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment to address the many issues which are affecting workers at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre.
“As recently as June 2, 2021, the PSU wrote to the Permanent Secretary expressing our concern, and made it abundantly clear that we will take whatever actions necessary to get justice for our workers, including the taking of industrial action. Unfortunately, the issues continue to be unaddressed,” the PSU said in a release.
The PSU wrote to the Governor General – Her Excellency Mrs. Susan Dougan – on June 16,
2021, and outlined to her the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment’s failure to
resolve some specific issues at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre. Her Excellency was
informed that because the Ministry’s inaction, the workers will withdraw their services effective
July 5, 2021, in accordance with provision made for same in the Essential Services Act (CAP
211) of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The necessary documentation (Form A) for
commencement of the industrial action was submitted to the Governor General.