NEW LABOUR UNION LAUNCHED IN SEYCHELLES
(Posted 31st October 2017 and reporting from Beau Vallon Bay)
(Seen here at the handover of registration documents from right to left are Mr. Bernard Adonis, Registrar of Trade Unions, Mr. Peter Sinon, Secretary General of SLU and Mr. Alain St. Ange, President of SLU)
Alain St.Ange, the President of the new workers body and Peter Sinon, the Secretary General were accompanied at this important step for the new Workers Union by Herve Anthony, the Vice President and Marie France Marie, the Secretary of the Union as well as Emanuele De Stefani and Gerry Sopha, both Executive Committee Members of the Union.
Mr. Adonis received the documents inclusive of the Constitution of the Union, Minutes of the first Meeting and the Registration Form with the list of elected Office Bearers.
‘Today we moved forward with the final step with the formation of a Trade Union for all working Seychellois. This is a fundamental right afforded by our Constitution and our right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association under Article 23 thereof. The Seychelles Labor Union (SLU) will be standing will all who are working and this includes the salaried employees as well as the self-employed businessmen and women of the islands. At the end of the day, everyone working are therefore workers, and they need a politically independent body to be by their sides and to uphold their rights‘ said Mr. St. Ange to this correspondent when passing the information on.
Peter Sinon, the Secretary General of the Seychelles Labor Union (SLU) on his part said in a media release that the new Seychelles Labor Union is already having opposition for their determination. ‘This is a sign of being effective. If there’s opposition, it means they are noticing change is taking place‘ said Peter Sinon who personally stood with the Nurses as they marched in Victoria a couple of weeks ago demanding better working conditions.
Leaders of the new workers Union said that they were hopeful that come Budget time in parliament this week the specific call by the Nurses will be heard as well as the points made by fishing boat owners, stevedore workers, teachers, sea-cucumber divers, civil status workers and in general the civil servants in Seychelles.
The Offices of the Seychelles Labor Union (SLU) will be at Salamat House in La Poudriere Road and they have also announced that the Victoria Main Office will be supported by three regional offices in Anse Louis, Bel Ombre and Au Cap.