Firemen reject wage cut proposal; no negotiations until COI issues are addressed

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Firemen reject wage cut proposal; no negotiations until COI issues are addressed
Firemen at a scene. * Photo credit: St. Lucia Fire Service Fire Prevention Dept. page
Firemen at a scene. * Photo credit: St. Lucia Fire Service Fire Prevention Dept. page

Members of the St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA) unanimously rejected the government’s proposed 5 per cent wage cut during a meeting last Thursday (June 26).

SLFSA President Shane Felix told St Lucia News Online (SNO) today (June 30): “The members were unanimous in their decision. They voted against the wage cut and I am going to make that submission to government today.”

While, the SLFSA has agreed to join in discussions with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT), Felix told SNO that he will be pressing to have issues relating to the Commission of Inquiry (COI) addressed.

“We are saying that the concerns are way too serious for the authorities not to be dealing with them and further to come to Fire Service officers and talking to them on a wage-cut proposal. So we would like to see that those issues are dealt with before we look into wage cut,” he added.

The SLFSA had proposed to meet with its members earlier this month based on a recommendation from government, but was barred from doing so by the top management of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS), hence the reason for the late decision.

SLFSA members had voted in favour of industrial action as they sought to get the authorities to pay attention to a number of outstanding grievances. While they were successful in taking industrial action, it only lasted one weekend.

After that move, news surfaced that the Fire Service had fire officials from St .Vincent and the Grenadines as a backup in case of further industrial action.

The SLFSA members say they are fed up with the management of the Fire Department and are concerned that the recommendations of the COI into the Fire Service have not been implemented. They said that a number of complaints, dating back to several years, have gone unheeded by successive administrations.

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  1. All good was born out of revolutions. Our money, Our fight, we do what the hell we want with it. If we decide the country must come to a standstill on principle then it will. We that putting our money on the line, not no politician and his hacks who continue to profit at our peril when things staying the way it is.

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  2. Hello ppl. let us punish Kenny, by rejecting the 5% cut. St.Lucia belongs to Kenny. IDIOTS.
    Do you all hear yourselves?IDIOTS again.

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  3. I betting my life all those saying cut cut they ain't workin for government ..... The nerve of some idiots

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  4. What's about the contracted civil servants, will they take the 5% too, will they forgo their gratuity and the ministers and others too be willing to do the same? So far there have been no mention of these persons

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  5. stop being an labour party asshole will u AB. its plain at this pt u have no understanding of economies and trade union negotiations

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  6. Oh no the government should never appoint a new ps now.Its bad timing. If its a replacement i see no problem.The firemen are correct these outstanding matters should have been addressed a long time ago.

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  7. Mr. Prime Minister, no more time and games with those Unions.

    Do what you must do to save this country.
    Use your Constitutional Power and cut their salaries NOW!

    No time to play with children.
    This ship must be salvage.
    And we want NO massa telling us how to run our affairs.

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  8. if the money is not their what do u want the pm to if he dose nothing and the country goes down under we will all blame him I think Kenny is humbling to st lucians to much in sir john days he would do what he has to do and that's it who don't like it toof well some of them will have to go home the biggest thing I think most of dnt watch the news to see what is going on around the world cause a lot of u would not be talking shate

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  9. Did all u expect any better from those arrogant people.? SMH. Nadia has a degree in economics and all she does is talk shate. Do you firemen really think Kenny n his boys give a damn about all you? Well think again.

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    • na, your wish will soon true. Cuz, that is Kenny's plan, to fire public servants, so that he can bring in his hand-picked, hand puppets.

      That way, he will be answerable to no one and he can waste the country's scarce resources anyway he pleases. Then you and everyone else will be satisfied, when Kenny succeeds in dragging the country down with people like you in the forefront

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  10. The shoe is on de other foot now so why de haste from govt to settle deal wit de issues at hand BRAVO fire service. Govt want to play hard ball wellits fire service turn now to play more than hard ball. On de issue of bringing fire personnel from another island is it free to de govt purse. Jadia please answer me that

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  11. Another PS appointed from outside the ranks of the Public Service. Allison Plummer (Kenny's flower girl) has been transferred to the Ministry of Infrastructure to make way for Dawn French. All the while it is the rest of us in the Public Service who must take a salary cut, so that Kenny can continue to appoint his people.

    What, Dawn French was bored with Disaster Management?

    Go ahead Kenny, better days must come

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  12. the amazing about this government when questions are ask of them they do it in their own time, no you'll ass is hot water, you will want to force these measures down our throat. Can someone answer for me , Can the prime minister legally go ahead and approve the 5% wage cut without getting consensus?

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    • Yes he can. We lso have the right to shut down the country. That is including the private sector. We have no money, the private sector won't make money.

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      • And cut of St' Lucia's nose, to spite Kenny's face, right? St. Lucia you love? Eh?

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