CSA protest march begins at 10 this morning

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CSA protest march begins at 10 this morning
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac

President of the Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac said the protest march by the union organisation will take place this morning, Monday April 8 at 10:00.

Isaac said the police commissioner approved the march on Friday, April 5.

The march will begin at the CSA Centre, proceed on the John Compton Highway, right onto Jeremie Street then to Bridge Street, left on Brazil Street, continue left onto Chisel Street, back onto Jeremie Street, then the John Compton Highway and end at the CSA Centre.

Protesters will carry placards and some are expected to wear the union colour, which is red.

Isaac said the purpose of the march is to demand respect for public workers and indicate that what they are asking for is not unreasonable.

The CSA is pushing for a 4.5 percent wage increase with benefits or 9.5 percent increase without benefits.

The Government Negotiating Team has however refused to budge on its offer citing the harsh economic conditions facing the country.

The CSA remains the only public sector union which has not signed onto the government’s four-percent wage offer.

The march was initially scheduled for last week Thursday, April 4 but was postponed after the police’s disapproval of what it describes as the union’s incomplete application. The union was invited to resubmit their application addressing the omissions.

Isaac told St. Lucia News Online this morning that applying for permission to protest was not necessary but she thought it was “prudent” to do so for protection.

“We didn’t have to get permission but we did because you want to inform them that you’re going to gave a large amount of people marching through the city so that they (the police) can provide protection,” she said.

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