CSA ready to resume wage talks with GNT

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CSA ready to resume wage talks with GNT
Mary Isaac.
Mary Isaac.

The Civil Service Association (CSA) said it is ready to resume talks with the Government Negotiation Team (GNT) now that the St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA) members have returned to work.

President of the CSA Mary Isaac told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the association will be available for the next available date, once the GNT issues one.

Isaac said the intention was to resume talks, only if the issues facing the SLFSA are properly addressed.

The CSA, she said, shares a good relationship with the GNT and that there shouldn’t be any difficulty to resume discussions.

The CSA had written the GNT to suspend all discussions on Monday, September 8. A meeting was scheduled for September 10, but did not pull through, based on that decision.

Isaacs said it is hoped that the SLFSA will be able to make representation for its members and commence its own wage negotiations with the GNT too.

The CSA was the first trade union body to publicly support the SLFSA since the commencement of its strike on September 1. The strike action ended yesterday, September 11.

That decision was made after the SLFSA executive met with the Acting Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre and other government officials to iron out the issues.

The CSA had met with the SLFSA and offered its advice, as well as facilitated meetings being hosted by the SLFSA at its office in Castries.

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  1. Already spent way too much time and expense negotiating. Just cut the 5% and move on. It's obviously needed. Unions always pandering and over-exaggerating. Mary a good actor but NWU wins the Oscar every year for their dramatics. Sad but SL's reputation for having crazy unions is driving away good companies and keeping others from starting.

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  2. Well, now one person has become a union. Last time i check, Mary was representung a body, and she can do nothing except what is mandated by members of the union. So all these comments about mary want to destroy country, is gabbage and propagated by these SLP hacks that sees nothing but red. St. Lucians wake up from this SLP AND UWP THING znd pledge alligence to God Almighty and his skn Jesus Christ the Righteous.

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    • I wonder whether you thought before you wrote this. You need to ask Mary, was the decision one of consensus (of the execitive). The answer will be no. Is there any minutes showing her decisions? The answer will be no. Therefore, it begs the question . . . what is Mary's agenda?

      The Mad Cow wants an answer!

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  3. I wonder what is Mary's agenda? She is so hell bent to disstablized this country no matter what the cost to Saint Lucians. She looks so evil in this pic.

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    • She is hell bent on getting whats right for workers. What is wrong with you people of this country? When someone fights for what is right, no matter the issue, the majority only see things from a red and yellow perspective. This is pure ignorance and that is exactly the way government would have it if it wasn't for people like Mary Issac and Mary Francis, Julian Monrose, Shane Felix etc... I for one am a supporter of workers rights and its high time the workers of the country stand up for what is right! and for the weak among us Mary is our voice!

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      • So far, the comments above yours never mention anything with regard to SLP or UWP. You did! So, what is your agenda?

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      • Did you support CSA in our (note I said our . . . yes I am a CSA member and I have supported all strikes and other actions before this disaster) struggle previous to this Welfare Association fiasco?

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  4. Let's not forget that there is a collective agreement signed by the GNT and the TUF, the agreements high lights the conditions under which both employer and employee should operate......conditions of work, salary increases, efficiency and so on, for the minister of finance to come now and dictate and impose 5% deduction is improper to me, the TUF and the GNT must go return to the negotiating table look at what's in the binding agreement and make the amendments, if that can't be done then MARY should eat his arse for dinner, learn to respect employees and honour the collective agreement.

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  5. Mary Isaac is not a Trade Unionist... She does not understand the basic trade union laws.. She make herself look like a foul at all times. I do feel sorry for the people she represents.

    I came from this CSA union with strong leaders like Bro.Calixte George,Bro.Cryil Matthews,Bro.David "De Mark" and many others.

    What has the CSA come to now????

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  6. This lady keeps referring to other people as being arrogant but among all the players in these negotiations, no one has shown more arrogance than her. She decides when or which meetings she attends, that she doesn't want to be part of TUF, but conveniently she takes action to stand in solidarity with a member of the same TUF.

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  7. You go kick some boulders. Mary is doing a damn good job. You'll are so used to accepting crap that when someone opposes you'll try to shut them down. We need more Marys in Saint Lucia.

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    • choops,

      I guess helping bring the country to a halt is good business. And people who need help/ service, like the person who died bcuz the firemen/women were on strike is good business also. If that was your relative or parent(s) who needed the help, but no one was available, you would be singing a different tune.

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  8. Someone needs to tell Mary Isaac to 'kick rocks'. She should not be piggy-backing on something else trying to bring the Gov't to it's knees. They formed a GNT specifically to help discuss the issues, namely the 5% wage cut, yet as the firemen/women were stiking for something which had nothing to do with the 5% cut, she suspended meetings with the GNT to show support for the SLFSA strike. I woul dhave scheduled meetings for the timeframe the strike was taking place and when she didn't show up, refuse to negotiate with her any further.

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    • This woman is overplaying her hand. Soon enough she will vilify herself enough that she will lose the public support. You need to know to quit while you ahead.

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