[Press Release] The National Workers Union (NWU), noting that WINFRESH belongs to the governments of the Windward Islands, has called for an operational audit of the company followed by a ‘shake-up’.
In a news release Monday, NWU President General, Tyrone Maynard, asserted that such measures would chart a new operational direction for the company, which describes itself as the Caribbean’s premier supplier of bananas to the United Kingdom .
The NWU President, in calling for the WINFRESH shake-up, reiterated the concern of his trade union regarding the initiative by that company to import plastic crates out of the USA.
The NWU has noted that the plastic crates would replace cardboard boxes produced by the Windward Islands Packaging Company Limited (WINERA), to export Windward Islands bananas to England.
Last month, the trade union suggested that a plastic crate plant be set up in Saint Lucia instead.
The NWU asserted that it will not support an initiative that will guarantee jobs in Miami and create job losses in Saint Lucia.
“The NWU is of the opinion that if such a venture is not established in Saint Lucia for the said process, jobs at WINERA could be lost,” NWU President General, Tyrone Maynard, asserted.
The NWU represents some 150 WINERA employees.
According to Maynard, the NWU feels that the importation of plastic crates out of the USA will only benefit a ‘tiny rapacious group while others suffer.’
“The British Government has just rolled out its anti-plastic use campaign throughout Britain which all and sundry will have to implement,” the veteran trade unionist observed.
Maynard disclosed that the NWU is looking forward to a meeting with Minister for Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, Bradly Felix, to deal with the issue and arrive at a resolution and recommendation that would benefit farmers, WINERA workers and the Windward Islands.
WINFRESH recently declared that it has no control over the behaviour and decisions of its customers.