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.