(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has learnt that the authorities leading the OKEU transitioning and have since been spreading misinformation to its employees regarding “secondment”.
The CSA wishes to advise that it has strong objections to this option of employment to the staff. The CSA has consistently informed the Ministry of Health of its position regarding the welfare of its members.
Our position has always been and will always be that given Sections 34 of the principle Act, Millennium Development No. 1 of 2015, the staff currently employed with Victoria Hospital, the National Wellness Centre and Turning Point Rehabilitation Center be absorbed into OKEU as full-time employees and not on contract.
Secondment is a form of contract as it has term limits.
The CSA has always been opposed to any contractual arrangement for the staff mentioned above. We never supported the Secondment of staff from two years to eight (8) years in the manner described to us.
The change in the law was not the making of the CSA, and therefore the CSA does not take responsibility for it. The CSA only wanted its members to be full-time employees of the OKEU.
Members please be guided according.