Colgate Palmolive to Close Down Operations in Dominica
Colgate Palmolive which owns Dominica Coconut Products Limited is closing down its operations in Dominica.
94 Employees will be affected.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement on Thursday November 19th.
“We were informed by the principals of Colgate Palmolive which owns Dominica Coconut Products Limited that they will be closing down there operations in Dominica. They informed us of this decision and I want to say that we empathize with the employees who will be affected by the closure of the plant. The Government will provide them with support to militate against the loss of their employment. We will meet with them very soon to discuss with them the way forward in so far as their individual needs.”
Prime Minister Skerrit also indicated that some time ago DCP released a number of employees and the Government provided tremendous support.
PM Skerrit added, “That the Government of Dominica has in fact placed a proposal before Colgate Palmolive for the acquisition of the property at DCP. It is Government’s intention to continue the operations once we can settle on this agreement we’ve put forward before Colgate Palmolive for the acquisition of the property. I intend to meet with the president of CP very soon so that we can advance the discussions. We do believe that the factory plays an important role in our national economy through the foreign exchange, job creation and manufacturing.”
Hon. Skerrit also noted that some years ago Dominica’s Government offered to purchase Colgate Palmolive Dominica and reintroduce a number of the products that were removed from the line of production years prior.
He concluded that his administration is looking forward to hearing from them as soon as possible.
“We have spoken to Colgate Palmolive and from a Government standpoint, while we recognise that the laws make certain provisions for severance and defines the benefits which each employee would be entitled to based on his tenure, we have called on CP to go beyond the legal mandate and provide additional financial and other benefits to their employees.
“They have given us their assurance that they will go beyond what the legislation has dictated and we look forward to them honouring that particular commitment to us with regards to the employees.”
Following the announcement by the Hon. Prime Minister on Thursday 19th November, 2015, Parliamentary Representative for the Mahaut Constituency, Rayburn Blackmoore says the concerns of employees at Colgate Palmolive will be addressed at a meeting on Sunday 22nd November, 2015.