Chamber of Commerce urges careful consideration as impasse continues over public sector wage negotiations

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Chamber of Commerce urges careful consideration as impasse continues over public sector wage negotiations

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture has noted that the Government Negotiating Team and the Trade Union Federation continued their negotiations yesterday afternoon, Thursday, February 28, 2013.

We are pleased that the parties have continued the negotiations and normal working conditions have returned. The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce urges the parties to continue to try to find common ground in a bid to conclude the current outstanding collective agreement. This move the Chamber believes is correct and positive as differences of this sort are best resolved through dialogue, proportionality, tolerance and understanding of the interests of all concerned.

Moreover, the Chamber urges that careful consideration be given to the likely impact of a continued impasse on not just the precariously placed local economic environment, but also the unstable and unsettled global economic condition with all its attendant uncertainties particularly in St. Lucia’s major tourism source markets.

At this time the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture urges both parties to consider that care and balance may be the better part of valor as they pursue a reasonable and equitable solution.

The Chamber also acknowledges the prime minister’s proposal of arbitration and sees this as another avenue for orderly resolution of this matter should the final outcome of these negotiations result in an impasse. As a mature democracy the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture believes that we all must act responsibly in these difficult times.

The Chamber stands ready to work with both parties if required and places its good office at their disposal.

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