END STRIKE NOW: Chamber says it’s unacceptable for CSA to hold country hostage

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END STRIKE NOW: Chamber says it’s unacceptable for CSA to hold country hostage

Below is a statement released by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture in response to the ongoing industrial action by government workers who are members of the Civil Service Association

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture notes that the Civil Service Association (CSA) has rejected the last offer of the GNT (Government Negotiating Team) and the Civil Service Association intention to take strike action effective Monday, March 18, 2013.

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture categorically condemns this decision and does not support this action. As before, the Chamber strongly believes that the parties must work to resolve this impasse.

The Chamber has noted that all other members of the TUF (Trade Union Federation) have arrived at an agreement with the government and we applaud the negotiators on this success. We are confident that the CSA and the GNT can conclude an agreement as well, and we encourage the use of the arbitration process as part of the continued negotiations. Neither strike action nor the backtracking on offers previously on the table is helpful in arriving at a conclusion.

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the entire private sector of St. Lucia, wishes to remind the CSA that St. Lucia, like many countries globally, faces difficult and unprecedented economic challenges which call for reasonableness and responsibility at this time. The economy cannot afford the impact of industrial action, nor should we subject the citizens and the economy to such actions.

Since the CSA believes that an impasse has been arrived at, the logical next step is to go to arbitration. It was unacceptable for a small group to hold the entire country hostage to achieve their narrow interests. The St. Lucia chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture urges the CSA to do the responsible thing, call off the strike and return to the negotiating table.

Our country is in a precarious position and needs men and women at goodwill to step forward and put country before self, especially in this most sensitive matter. Once again the Chamber places its good office at the disposal of the parties to bring this matter to a peaceful and amicable conclusion.

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  1. well said chamber of commerce It is unacceptable for a small group to hold the entire country hostage to achieve their narrow interests

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  2. while i do know the PM arrogant i support him 110 percent this time Them Civil Servants too darn lazy and complacent they also vex when you come to Government Dept to do business all they do is chat and lime except for a few committed ones

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  3. The CSA has all the right to believe that the government can pay because week after week the government continues to misuse our hard earned money with careless and reckless spending. Our leaders show no sign of curbing the excessive spending....they keep behaving like the country's coffers are overflowing with monies.

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  4. I believe that the CSA is being unreasonable in this instance. St. Lucia is NOT the only island suffering from an economic crisis. When we look at our sister islands, they are no better off than us. Does the CSA prefer that the Government borrows the 9.5% as opposed to the 4%? Which would mean that our debt repayment would be higher, and the ENTIRE country would be made to suffer for the sake of the civil servants? Are the union leaders REALLY concerned about the country? Are CIVIL SERVANTS really that GULLIBLE and downright STUPID???

    We should not ALWAYS think of dollars and cents. There are serious LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES for paying out a 9.5% salary increase in these HARSH GLOBAL ECONOMIC CLIMATE.

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  5. People need to see the bigger picture...civil servants is the group where some of the employees make less than $1000 a month. 4% on those persons salary is almost nothing. Before vat they could barely scrape by, with some having to work two jobs just to survive. There are those who make more than the 1000 and still can barely manage. Unlike some members of the other unions, civil servants at the bottom of the grade scale have no allowances, they have to make do with a basic salary that isn't nearly enough. We need to look at the wider picture and not just one point.

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  6. Labour supporters want the strike to stop.Lmao Better Days...Kenny should put the VAT @ 80% for Labour supporters alone because they alone are not crying.

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  7. I believe in strike or cuz the country needs examples the rich getting richer and the poor will always suffer such a small country yet still there is no stability, all that agriculture yet people suffer for what politics. Now vat where is the taxes going shud at least go toward healthcare, everything gone up except wages.

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  8. I agree with the chamber 100% and I hope they continue to speak up....... we are not savages and should not behave like children and stamp our feet when we don't get want we ask for........ CSA should know better and act in a more CIVIL manner!!!

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    • Though I may not agree with the manner in which you've addressed the topic, I do believe that in this century our union leaders should be more civilized. Negotiate and if you are not satisfied then take the matter to court. We may be a small island but we do have a court system.

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  9. Hahaha smh I really don't believe my eyes everything is politics for these ppl u ppl shud not even b against the strike

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  10. It is not only the Government suffering, it is the whole country. They will not get any more than the 4%. Those at the bottom of the pay scale will suffer the most because they are not getting paid for being on strike.

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  11. Is the chamber really concern about the workers or themselves? Stop playing politics being Pro Government.

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