The government of Saint Lucia wishes to place on record its most sincere gratitude and appreciation to the large numbers of public officers who have been turning up for work and rendering service during the current impasse with the Civil Service Association over wage negotiations.
Their selfless actions have ensured that vital governmental services to the general public have not been compromised.
The government of Saint Lucia also thanks the members of the public for their patience and understanding during this period and implores their continued cooperation until such time that all public officers are back at work. The government will continue to keep its doors open for dialogue with the Civil Service Association.
The government wishes to assure all concerned that measures have been put in place to guarantee that all government departments continue to remain open and provide satisfactory levels of service to our many citizens and clients who utilise these services.
Government recognizes the rights, as enshrined in our laws, of all employees and their unions to engage in lawful industrial relations practices to advance their interests. However, employees must be mindful of the fact that our laws also remove the obligation on the part of the employer to remunerate an employee for services that the employee does not render during a strike or lockout.
Government draws attention to these provisions to clarify and correct the mis-impression that has been stated elsewhere and to remove any doubts which may exist. It is a fundamental principle that is enshrined in the term “no work, no pay.”
Finally, government reiterates its call to the public officers who have engaged in industrial action to consider the wider national interest, particularly in these challenging economic times, as their actions will be to the long term detriment of our country and people.