Civil servants tell government ‘keep your 4 percent’

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Civil servants tell government ‘keep your 4 percent’
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac

In a bold move at a general meeting yesterday, government workers of the Civil Service Association (CSA) accepted a zero percent increase in salary – the initial offer made by government.

Civil servants, entering a full week back on the job from a three-week strike to press the hand of the government for 9.5 or 4.5 increase in wages, voted on Wednesday to walk away with no increase in salaries.

They have accepted though a $100,000 contribution to be shared between the CSA’s education and medical funds. They have also gotten the government to commit to addressing the pension age.

According to the CSA, retirees will now no longer have to wait until age 60 and beyond to receive their pensions. It will be an immediate disbursement.

But many are questioning the decision, including executive members of the CSA, who have argued that the workers maybe disadvantaged when negotiations for the new triennium begin.

However, CSA President Mary Isaac said the workers based their decision on several factors, including concerns that an increase at this time would push them into higher brackets for taxation, and that government will very likely impose a wage freeze on the public soon.

Moreover, they were mindful, she said, of government having to borrow to pay.

All other public sector unions have settled for government’s four-percent increase on wages with incentive packages.

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  1. some people really need to get their fax straight before voicing their opinions...... go fellow brothers and sisters.. we want 000%.. We the members of the CSA mandated our Executive Council to go to the Government Negotiating Team to inform them that we will only accept 000%. Those who did not attend meetings to vote on their behalf well SUCK IT. Peace

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  2. I am glad the CSA has finally realized that they are the ones running the Country. Nuff respect to them, for putting Country first...very noble. We are all travelling in Saint Lucy's boat, we sail...or sink together. Peace!

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  3. Well with public servants saying they do not want an increase, that should speak volumes, because a disgruntled public service is a disgruntled electorate. Need I say more, precedence taught us that lesson! The reality is, that to one public servant you have so many relatives and friends that work in the private sector. And like it or not, those in the private sector listen to the views of the public sector workers in making decisions.

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  4. HONESTLY I HAVE NO INTEREST IN ST.LUCIA'S ISSUES, I JUST TOOK IT UP ON MY OWN TO READ ABOUT THAT 4% THING. WHAT AM UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS WERE OFFERED 4%, THE CSA WENT ON STRIKE FOR LETS SAY FOR ALMOST A MONTH TO RETURN TO WORK WITH NO INCREASE IN THEIR SALARY. WELL WE CAN DEFINITELY SEE THE "SERVANTS" IN THE CSA. SMH.

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  5. Ummmmm......to me......before the protests and industrial action the PM offered 0.00% EVERYONE was upset. So they stayed off the job for almost 1 month, marched in the hot sun and rejected 4% increase for 0.00%. I am really trying to make sense of this

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    • so am I.........so what was the strike even for then??? they might think its a "BOLD" move but it can backfire soo bad.

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    • Trying to make sense of what?! Were you at the last meeting when the decision was made? If not, where were you and the other 1500 members?

      You'll left it up to the 300 (the movie) to make the decision for you'll and now you'll upset. Serve you'll right!!!!

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      • where were they when their input was needed? the higher grades sat in their office waiting for the lower grades to bring home the bacon. well we aint voting for their benefit. in the end we will all get the same increase 000%

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  6. CSA shameful did you not know government had to borrow to pay ? only now you know that? now the country has lost millions because of your stupidity. egg on the face stuff , am not calling any names

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  7. Okay people CSA accept 0.00% but at the end of the day the CSA members will still get 4% because an increase in wages is an increase there is no way in HELL that a policeman, fireman, teacher, nurse and correctional officer at lets say grade 6 salary will be more than a civil servant at a grade 6. A grade 6 salary is a grade 6 salary across the board.

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  8. Best move I have ever seen. Now CSA tell kenny to take it and put it where the sun does not shine, it go be really interesting to see if he is going to hire more more consultants and our tax payers money like fab breeze.

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    • Why the fuss about the hiring or consultants?
      Has anyone asked about the possible existence of persons employed in the Government offices on contract or some other special arrangement at the request of Politicians in positions and contracts that may not even be within the organization's official structure? Has consideration been given to whether these appointments go through the public service commission? Has consideration been given to whether or not these special appointments enhance efficiency of the Civil service? Has consideration been given to the possibility that if these kind of appointments exist that the total remuneration bill for these appointments may be more that of the consultants?

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  9. I need to understand how is it civil servants would still benefit from the 4% the other unions agreed to when they , the CSA decided to take 0%. please explain. I am a civil servant and very upset at the matter. we all live in the same country same economy we share. all other unions agreed to 4% ....CSA went on strike for what , to now come and say 0%. its NOT FAIR

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    • R u a member of the CSA?? I am assuming NOT because if u were a "supporting" member of the CSA & by that I mean not only paying ur dues but also attending meetings and so on u would understand the reasoning behind the decision. Furthermore there was coumtless opportunity to voice your concern at the last meeting & also to VOTE on something which would be "fair" in your eyes... GO CSA- Liberté, égalité, fraternité!!

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  10. higher pay for EVERYONE, so the Gov't can raise taxes on EVERYONE to pay for the pay raise.

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  11. "Moreover, they were mindful, she said, of government having to borrow to pay."

    CSA did not know that before holding the country at ransom?!!!! Finish blow your hot air, 0% increase, be thankful you're actually IN a job, go back to work now. Next.

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  12. me the public servants i was telling kenny and his negotiation team to take his 4% wrap it small small smalll put it in a box and puch it up their ass

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