Times are changing especially in the labor market. Increasingly, we are seeing a rise in structural changes in organizations and as a result more people are been laid off from their jobs. Technological advancements, cost cutting measures, business closures and mergers are some of the many reasons why employers may choose or be forced to reduce their workforce.
In this article, we take a look at what the St. Lucia Labour Code constitutes are the conditions for redundancy in St. Lucia:
An employer may terminate the employment of an employee because conditions of redundancy exist which make the employee’s position redundant. Conditions for redundancy are as follows:
- the employer has modernized, automated or mechanized all or part of the business;
- the employer has discontinued to carry on all or part of the business
- the employer has sold or otherwise disposed of all or part of the business;
- the employer has reorganized all or part of the business
- it has become impossible or impracticable for the employer to carry on all or part of the business at its usual rate or level or at all, due to –
- a shortage of materials
- a mechanical breakdown
- an act of God; or
- a reduced operation in all or part of the employer’s business has been made necessary by economic conditions, including a lack of or change in markets, contraction in the volume of work or sales, reduced demand or surplus inventory.
St. Lucia Labour Code No. 37 of 2006 Division 10. 145
As you read the above, the name of someone in your circle may have resonated with you, whether it is a friend, family, associate or even yourself, as an example of someone who may have been laid off based on one of the reasons stated.
As employees we have no control of the decisions that employers take in an effort to remain viable in business. The only thing that we have control of is our own talent development which we must continue to nurture and invest in. After years of working for an organization, we may once again have to go job hunting which can prove challenging.
However, if we continue to build ourselves with the right skills and knowledge, we become a force to be reckoned with in the job market and enter a state of preparedness for possible future changes.