(SNO) – Although it said that the island is not in the same situation as China or Italy in regards to the coronavirus outbreak, the St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CAS) is calling on workers, and the entire country, to take measure to mitigate the threat of the disease.
The association described the disease as an “impending threat.”
“In light of the impending threat, the St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) is calling on all workers in St. Lucia to take the threat of the Coronavirus very seriously and to take every precaution to mitigate against the threat,” it said in a statement. We urge all employers on the island to take all preventative measures to safeguard their employees and the clients they serve.”
The CSA suggested the following to employers:
-provide protective clothing to workers where necessary, especially first responders;
-understanding and patient with employees, when they are absent from work due to illness from the virus;
-provide screening to workers in the Cleaning and Health Sectors, as some may have pre-existing conditions that can be worsened as a result of exposure to the virus;
-do not force workers who have contracted the virus to report to work
“We urge individual contractors in the Transportation Sector to take all necessary precautions when transporting individuals, especially to hospitals or health providers,” the statement pointed out. “We urge businesses providing food services, that in the event that the virus hits our country, that you provide screening to all employed including owners. Remember your business survival is highly dependent on the health of your workers. We urge all citizens or residents to respect the information coming out of our professionals charged with the responsibility of informing us about the Coronavirus and to take the necessary steps in protecting ourselves.”
The CSA also call on the government to take all necessary steps to safeguard the people of Saint Lucia.