CSA lobbies gov’t to allow public servants to participate in politics

CSA lobbies gov’t to allow public servants to participate in politics
Mary Isaac
Mary Isaac

The Civil Service Association (CSA) is seeking to encourage government to allow public servants the opportunity to get involved in the political process of the country and contest general elections if they so desire.

Outgoing General Secretary Mary Isaac told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the time has come for Saint Lucia to develop into a modern society, where all citizens regardless of their political affiliation, class, colour or creed, are allowed to participate freely in the governance of the country.

Isaac said this is nothing new to the Caribbean, as Barbados has already taken steps to allow its public servants the opportunity to participate in the politics of their country.

She said Saint Lucia should follow suit and allow public servants to take leave without pay to contest any election, and if they are not successful, they would still be allowed to return back to their jobs.

The CSA has suggested this in the last discussion with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT), but the GNT failed to acknowledge the proposal as it was placed on the back burner, Isaac recalled.

However, the three-time president of the CSA said that she is positive that the association will actively pursue this matter in the interest of public servants, who are willing to serve their country at a higher level.

Isaac referred to the case where a public servant, Jeana Corneille, appeared on Hot Button Issue Show and declared that she was willing to contest the United Workers Party (UWP) seat in Gros-Islet.

This has since sparked several debates and even prompted the Ministry of Public Service to issue a statement to the media declaring that permission was not granted to Corneille to appear on the show, while noting that certain staff orders were breached.

“If they try to make an issue of it, it may well create a lot of problems for this government. Because the constitution supersedes staff orders and they are trying to use staff orders to discipline her on a matter that the constitution has provisions for,” she added.

Isaac believe this recent incident is an excellent case that is going to “test the system.”

She continued: “How then can the employer take any action against a worker who has decided to exercise her constitutional right? These are some of these things trade unions will have to look at and the CSA has already started.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. This is what you get when you put St.Lucian women in charge.

    They will eventually disrupt everything in their path.

    And look at the who is destroying it?
    You got that right.
    A Lucian WOMAN!

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  2. How could they say the CSA wants...

    there was no meeting to ask the members what

    they want.

    Those people are not speaking for the CSA but for themselves

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  3. Before we decide on replacing "foolish", "archaic" laws, why don't we find out why the laws were setup in the first place. Maybe, they were not setup by drunk, power hungry idiots and there is a sensible, legitimate reason for them.

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  4. Isaac is trying to secure her position in the event she loses the election. Have confidence in yourself .

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    • Mary is a retired public officer how then can she secure her position. She can do like any of the others who have gone before and be employed as a high salaried contract CONSULTANT. What say you?

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  5. oh shut up Lala Land full of....with yr remark...u sound like the hand-fool (hand full) or red stained members who are creating all sorts of problems in the CSA...full of poopery

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    • The CSA is a political postitute by definition. It does not serve the interest of it's member neither society. The institution will be used by politicians and lazy none productive lacking vision, extortionist members. I never hear one complain about the 4% increase Isaac refused. None complained about the strike for the 14.1% increase given by King and forced to pay by Isaac. So ask yourself whose interest these people have? Is it the country, party, or themselves? So when you lack vision and partake in position you will reap your just reward.

      The independence of our CSA and its members is important as so that the servant is not influenced into telling the Ministers what they might like to hear and provides a framework to offer a more objective assessment of options. It also allows experience of effective policy-making to be built up and drawn upon. But there needs to be sufficient trust among Ministers to take this official advice seriously. Hence I say our CSA is a Prostitute and we need to find a way as a nation go be able to fire these people before they bring the country down to its knees.It is important for officials to separate strong professional support for Ministers from becoming uncritical personal commitment. So if you want to talk ill about the government you are paid to give professional service or you want to be the ministers favourite (white house slave) then do it in the private sector. This is abusing our public purse and official office.

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  6. Please tell me about ways to fire civil servants who do not perform their obligations. This is trying to reinvent the rules and they are there for a reason. try figuring it out. We are just a lawless society seeking justice. If it is not our constitution having an error, its civil servants wanting to be politicians. Just Corrupt morals. Do it the right way. Amend you constitution by 2/3 majority. Ask the court for guidelines as to what extent civil servants can part take in politics. Slu Cic

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    • Yes ....I agree with finding ways to dismiss poor performing civil servants. It is easy to get rid of the ministers through elections, but the others who got in through political favors are the difficult ones to get rid of.

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