Wage negotiations with public servants to take place sooner, says Minister Fletcher

Wage negotiations with public servants to take place sooner, says Minister Fletcher
Minister Dr. James Fletcher
Public Service Minister Dr. James Fletcher

The government of Saint Lucia is hoping to begin wage negotiations with public service unions for the current tri-annium very soon to ensure an agreement  is reached within reasonable time.

Public Service Minister Dr. James Fletcher made the disclosure during his presentation on the 2013/2014  Appropriations Bill on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in the Senate.

Dr.  Fletcher said an earlier start and conclusion to the negotiation is one of the lessons to be derived from the last round of talks between the trade unions and the Government Negotiating Team.

“We don’t want to have the same situation which we had in the last negotiations where the process goes down to the wire and people are agitated and tense on both sides trying to conclude negotiations. Government believes that we should begin the new round of negotiations this year and hopefully we can conclude negotiations in a one-year period to everybody’s satisfaction so we won’t have the acrimony, bad blood and tension that we had during the last negotiations because it didn’t help the country as it was non productive.

“Quite apart from the work stoppages that took place, it gave a sense of siege and disquiet that is not good for the country and am not putting blame on the unions for this. I think it was just a consequence of the fact that these negotiations went down to the wire when it should not have,” the minister said.

Dr.  Fletcher also thanked the staff of the Negotiations Division in the Ministry of the Public Service for their hard work and professionalism during the last negotiations period. He said the staff in that unit is evidence that the majority of public servants are hard working professionals.

“That is why I always defend public officers when they are being maligned. Public officers have to deal with many more problems with less resources than anybody in the private sector. Granted there are issues of accountability and others that we have to resolve, but I will put my leg on the line every single day for the hard working staff in the public sector, and I will say that they are as good or better than anybody you will find in the private sector, and it’s not to say we don’t have staff who are not as productive but they are the small minority. The vast majority of public servants work hard and without any real recognition, no employee of the year honour, and they continue to do their work and work hard, and I believe we have to commend them for the work they are doing,” the minister explained.

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  1. As far as i'm concerned i do not see why it must be automatic for civil servants to get an increase. given the fact that promotions do not take place often in the public service, i believe salary increase should be largely based on performance. So i can sit my arse on the government chair, come to work late, leave early, run my mouth on the phone...(and i can go on) and still get the same increase as john who comes to work on time, deals with the customers, is efficient and goes beyond the call of duty (and i can go on too)simply because it is automatic that everybody get a salary increase every year (when you look at it is every year for true because they say negotiation is every three years, but the incrase in the salary is incremental over that three years)...chuups mwey mem that is why civil servants will do what they want when they want how they want.

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  2. No, it's an election ploy/strategy...they will start it early, give a good raise and hope it'll buy enough votes to keep them in power. Public Servants have always been a political token...a political whore, if you ask me, and it goes way back!

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  3. He does have a point. Has to start sooner for sure. But the process is flawed. So it will take more than just starting earlier to give that mechanism some real value. Get to the root of the problem, and fix it.

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  4. Its true there are very and I mean very lazy public sector workers but kudos to a lot of them who give their job priority, and I do believe that they should be commended because they deserve it. Those who don't do their work ought to be disciplined to that's how I see it!

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  5. john 3:16 wen u in yur bed some civil servants out there late nite and on holidays. some of us don't get pd overtime or anything for xtra wrk. Remember Tomas some of us got nuttin for putiin the country's rd network back in order in record time. Be guided loosha received int'l recognition 4 their performance on the rds. We recommend n the ministers nvr take our advice, datz the problem. Dem hv their own agenda. Fletcher is a millionaire who refuses to invest or perform in his field which is AGRICULTURE. He shud jus shut up n resign.

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    • i hope you're never put in a managers position with your degree in "civil" ASERE ............. you were always and still appear to be arrogant and uncouth.

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  6. in my eyes private sector always has it better than public sector. so gov needs to do better with these sort of issues. coming from what happened this year lets hope something like that never happens again

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  7. Bonuses for lazy Public Servants. Wow! Is there anyone more undeserving. But don't worry suckers. You gonna pay it back. Higher taxes, more gov't debt and higher taxes. No such thing as a free lunch.

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  8. THIS GUY IS JUST TO DAM ARAGANT,JOBS FOR THE BOYS THAT HOW YOU FIND YOURSELF THERE.AGRICULTURE YOU STUDY AND HAVE A DEGREE IN OUR CIVIL SERVANTS ARE NOT PLANTS.GET OUT OF THERE MAN.

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  9. Fletcher who?! I really do not care what he thinks?! In my opinion, mate is a brute of a man.

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  10. Your pay is due reward for your work employee of the year or month is add benefits . When we took the job we agreed for a salary at month end. Bonuses should not be my motivation but my salary.

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    • hmm true bonuses should not b motivation, but they act as incentives & show of appreciation for the employees effort. so both can do a lot for not jus the employee work etiquette but for the company as well.

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