Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L Douglas said Tuesday that efforts will be made by the under his new administration when elected to reverse the closure of a production line at Api Harowe Servo St. Kitts Ltd. in Sandy Point and save the jobs of scores of workers. This would be treated as a matter of high priority.
Dr. Douglas was informed of the impending closure by some of the present employees who are worried about losing their jobs.
Dr. Douglas said that Api Harowe Servo has been playing a dominant role in the lives and welfare of hundreds of households in the capital and country-side of St. Kitts. At its establishment it employed 214 people.
“We are hoping that as a Labour government emerging from the (upcoming) general elections, that we would be able to hold high-level discussions with the owners and stop the closure or even if it happens to get busy immediately and hold discussions with other potential manufacturers who will be able at least to use the vacant factory shell and start up new operations for the benefit of our people,” said Dr. Douglas.
Barring any possible restrictions on travelling at the time with the coronavirus pandemic now spreading around the world, he will on his first visit out, if the elections are not yet called, “seek one of the many potential investors who he knows to do something positive in using the factory shell in Sandy Point.”
Dr. Douglas gave a commitment to the employees that the NextGen Labour Government will “try our very best to avert the closure or downsizing of the Api Harowe Servo manufacturing plant. If it has to happen as plans may be too advanced by the time the new Labour Government takes office, I give a commitment to all of these young ladies and men who work there that we will do our best to have them employed very quickly.”