Title: Release : dismissal of workers by Dominican Timbers Limited
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Title: Release : dismissal of workers by Dominican Timbers Limited
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Language: English
Creator: Dominica. Ministry of Home Affairs.
Publisher: Dominica. Ministry of Home Affairs.
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: Caribbean
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Volume ID: VID00001
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The following release by the Ministry of Home
Affairs is intended to put the records straight with
regard to certain erroneous statements made to the
Press by the Waterfront and Allied Workers
Union on the subject of lay-off of workers by
Domcan Timbers Limited.
The Labour Division of the Ministry was
advised of the fact that there were likely to be
problems at Domcan Timbers because of the pro-
posed lay-off of workers. Work on this matter
was started immediately. Representations were
made to the Minister for Home Affairs by certain
oft he workers involved and it was decided to act
quickly in order to avert a possible undesirable
situation. Discussions were held in the Ministry
with the management of Domcan Timbers and it
was thought that the best course would be for the
question of the lay-off to be reviewed by the
Company and to consider a suspension in place of
dismissal if the workers had gone off to Cricket in
defiance of orders, which is what those workers
who made representations admitted to the Ministry.
It is, therefore, incorrect to say that, as the
release by the Waterfront and Allied Workers
Union indicated, there was any compromise by the
Minister since, against the background of the
workers' own statements, they had acted contrary
to orders, there was nothing about which to com-
The release goes on to say that the Waterfront
and Allied Workers Union disagrees with .,the
Minister's conciliatory attitude in the matter.
The Ministry has intimatedgon several occa-
sions that the principal element in industrial
relations is and must be the settlement of disputes
in an atmosphere of conciliation. All means of

settling a dispute must first be exhausted before
invoking the procedure available under the
Trade Disputes (Arbitration and Inquiry) Amend-
ment Act, 1967, with a view to industrial action.
In the field of industrial relations two important
factors must be borne in mind constantly. On the
one hand, management must act fairly and create
a climate in which workers can give their best in
their jobs.
An important responsibility for solving the
problems of industrial relations lies with manage-
On the other hand, trade unions must not
regard industrial relations as a continuing tug-of-
war with management. They should recognize
that workers can sometimes be wrong in an issue
with management and mature industrial practices
should requi e unions to tell workers when they
are wrong; while at the same time, making repre-
sentations on their behalf.
If Unions ever have to resort to the ultimate
weapon in their hands it should only be after all
efforts at conciliation and, settlement .haveiafitedi
On the specific matter of the lay-off of workers
from Domcan Timbers, a letter declaring a dispute
was despatched to the Ministry by the Waterfront
and Allied Workers Union and the substance of the
Ministry's reply was that the Labour Division was
engaged on an investigation into this matter and
that the Union should co-operate with the Division
in an attempt to achieve a satisfactory settlement
which is what the Minister believes that both
Union and management would like to see. In
effect, the role of the Ministry is to provide facili-
ties to help the parties to agree, but it should not
interfere to impose a settlement on them.
permanentt Secretary,
Ministry of Home Affairs.
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