“I am free to meet with whomever I please” – Isaac responds to SLP; denies diplomatic passports report

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“I am free to meet with whomever I please” – Isaac responds to SLP; denies diplomatic passports report
Mary Isaac
Mary Isaac

“My allegiance is to the members who elected me to my trade union.”

Those are the words Civil Service Association (CSA) President Mary Isaac has used to respond to a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) press release, issued on June 25, which called on her to state whether she was interested in representing civil servants or her own political agenda.

Isaac has brought some sharp criticism on the SLP government in recent times as the administration tries to institute a five percent wage cut on public sector workers in order to address a fiscal deficit of $76 million. Isaac has openly stated her disapproval for not only the manner in which the government has handled the matter but for the reduction in her members’ wages.

In today’s press release, the SLP questioned what it said was “a rather unusual coziness” between the CSA president and the United Workers Party (UWP), questioning her motive in expressing similar sentiments to the party regarding wage negotiations on more than one occasion. The release also pointed to various meetings it said Isaac had held with the UWP, particularly its leader Allen Chastanet. The SLP in its release also criticised Isaac for not attending “critical” meetings with the prime minister and cabinet on the economy which were directly related to the wage cuts.

“It is becoming obvious that Mary Isaac has all the time to meet Allen Chastanet to receive his counsel but has no time to meet the prime minister and Cabinet ministers to discuss the very serious financial situation which faces the country and has implications for the members of her association,” the SLP said.

But speaking in an exclusive interview with Saint Lucia News Online (SNO), Isaac said that while she is dedicated to representing the civil servants under the CSA, who she chooses to meet is her business.

“I am a citizen of St. Lucia and I am free to meet with whomever I please…I am free to do so. So is anybody else in St. Lucia,” she told SNO.

With regard to her non-attendance at certain forums with the government on the economy, Isaac said many of the meetings resulted in no general consensus being reached and that “trade unions who went to the meetings did not get anything from the meetings, neither did the government”.

“The government was looking for consensus, up to today, the government has not had any consensus from anybody. And if they were being genuine, even about those meetings, they would have gone ahead and taken their decisions regardless because we are only one union. Now they are talking about going back to the drawing board,” she said.

She added, “We have an issue of a fiscal deficit. That is a national problem. It is not a trade union problem per say. While the trade union may volunteer to assist, it is not required, it is not mandatory that the trade union resolve this issue for government.”

With regard to the allegation that the CSA had discussed a memorandum of understanding with the UWP to have its executive given diplomatic passports if the party comes into power, Isaac said such discussions never happened.

“That never happened and I am hoping that Mr. Chastanet has lawyers he can use to fight that allegation. … they made some striong comments about that and that is not true, that is an outright lie coming from that level. I believe the people of this country deserve better than that. And all of these people who are using public funds and public office to spread all this innuendos and lies should cease and desist from dong that because really and truly they are utilising public funds to destroy the country themselves because they are spreading lies,” Isaac stated.

“We never had a meeting with Mr [Chastanet]. How can Mr Chastanet as political leader of the opposition go into any memorandum of understanding with anyone offering to give diplomatic passports? There is a process to get diplomatic passports. Nobody knows whether Mr. Chastanet is ever going to be in any political party in any kind of significant way. So how can Mr Chastanet give out a memorandum of understanding? How can anybody in their right minds or any intelligent person sign off on a memorandum of understanding with the leader of a political leader of a party?” she asked.

Isaac further brushed off the SLP’s press release, stating that it was merely the party “just playing old politics”.

“Those things don’t hold anymore because we have the electronic media. We have all kinds of ways and means of justifying or finding out whether something is true or not and verifying information,” she stated.

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  1. I a begging for the IMF to step in.
    And see if the Very Mary Issac who is talking all the Rubbish of late will have a chair at the Helm of the Civil Service Union.
    All the idiots who supporting her today, will all turn against her if the IMF steps in.
    Because they will out of JOB and they will have NO one to Blame but her.

    The Chickens will come home to roost, Lady.
    Becareful what seeds you are sowing today.

    Because life has a way of hitting us hard.
    And one more thing, do not always believe everyone who supports what you say or how you say it, has your best interest.
    They could be using you as their pawn in Mischief building.

    I would suggest you sit with your members like adults and explain what is at stake including the "Pros" and "Cons"

    And to be honest, you sound very illiterate and uneducated.

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  2. Madam I wish you were representing my association. You are doing well do not allow this nonsense silence or discourage you. They have no other choice now but to try their best to destroy your character. Good job madam well done. wish other union leaders would be more like you.

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  3. While all the mud slinging is going on the country is slowly sinking. Will the real captain of the ship please step forward? My advise to the politicians is to cease from finger pointing and name-calling, gather the passengers and crew alike, and together we can move this ship "Helen" forward sooner rather than later.

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  4. While all the mud slinging is going on the country is slowly sinking. Will the real captain of the ship please step forward? My advise to the politician is to cease from finger pointing and name-calling, gather the passengers and crew alike, and together we can move this ship "Helen" forward sooner rather than later.

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  5. JEFF FEDEE IS THE THIRD YOU KNOW THAT DAM WELL. AT CIVIL SERVANT YOUR FINGERS ARE THE ONES THAT SHOULD NOT BE TYPING BECAUSE IT'S CRAP PEOPLE LIKE YOU TALK ALL THE TIME. YOU ALL LIKE TO PUT POLITICS IN EVERYTHING THAT IS WHY YOU WILL ALWAYS STAY BACKWARDS. GIVE ME A BREAK. CIVIL SERVANT MY FOOT.

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  6. Look at the bigger picture, ask yourself what's more important. My job? or keeping the 5%. The PM needs to make a bold decision on this issue especially if the unions what to play politics and start sending people home. He will see how fast the civil servants will fall in line. This is simply ridiculous!

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    • Are u forgetting that the civil servants proposed a 0% increase and he forced the 4% on them?

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  7. Tell them Mary. No one can sew you Mouth or Tie your feet. The labour party and government is run by a bunch of F-ctards

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  8. Mary do your f...g do. Kenny wanted sooseres like montrope in there. Stand up for us. All the time monrose, Cumberbatch and co. Protesting on SLP's behalf - nothing for that. Now if Mary Isaac speaks to Chastanet it's a problem. ...HYPOCRITES.

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  9. I HAVE BEEN WARNING LUCIANS FOR YEARS ABOUT THIS BLAME AND SHAME ATTITUDE OF SLP. THEY HAVE DONE ALL THEIR STUDIES TO VALIDATE THAT MOST ST LUCIANS ARE RORO DRIVEN MORONS WHO DON,T EVEN GIVE A SHIT THEIR EXISTENCE FARLESS THEIR RIGHTS. I HOPE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT CONTINUE SPITTING IN YOUR FACE UNTIL YOU CANNOT STAND THE MENTION OF THEIR NAMES. BY THE WAY ISN'T "LORD HELP ME" EMPLOYED IN THE UNION? ALL WHAT CIVIL SERVANTS GET THEY DESERVE IT CAUSE ONE CANNOT BE SO MUCH OF A MORON TO EMPLOY SO MANY PARTY HACKS IN A UNION. BY THE WAY WHERE IS MS AUGUSTE? OH SHE GET HER NICE JOB ALREADY. YOU ALL ARE FOOLS. PATHETIC

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  10. St. Lucian workers are lazy but out of the thousands you get a few hundreds hard working St. Lucians. So stop passing the blame. When all Ministers are seating comfortable in Executive chairs, air conditioned offices with fridge, free food at Hotels the little 4 - 10 Grade staff are in offices without proper chairs or desk, some places some office assistants do not have a desk, some employees have to take 3 buses to work while Ministers and the PM have a driver to drive them from home straight to work in air condition, privately. Transportation is being paid by Tax Payers, Fuel by Tax Payers. 5% from these persons salaries = their bus money for the month and their water bill. What will they do now leave their children home, no water at their house, frustration, use their loan money so that the bank can seize their houses. Stop the medical insurance coverage for their children. Who will pay their medical bills??? Mary Isaac is doing what the members of the CSA desire of her. The PM can meet with all races of people in different positions which means he is sleeping with them so is Mary Isaac free to meet with anyone she desires to. What is important is what she brings to the members - Positive information - thanks. It is high time the SLP stop involving Government issues with SLP issues. Government is mix colours RED YELLOW BLUE GREEN, while SLP RED and UWP YELLOW. Stop being hypocritical of the Civil Servants. If the PM did not care about his family which is small he will not care about Civil Servants which is a larger group. No wander he is treating the largest group St. Lucians on a whole with this stinking attitude. I hope we obtain groceries from the big mall being built in Trinidad.

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  11. St. Lucian's stop putting politics in everything. To Kenny I say when you match with civil servants for the increase it was not political. It was a open forum Chastanet attended it, he was not invited. MR PM stopping hiding the truth from the begining of the year you been trying to take the 5%, but Ms Issac problem with you is the manner in which you did it. The deduction was in the budget before you even discuss it with the union or civil servants. AND ACCEPT THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE!! However in my option I would take a 5% cut instead of going at my home but if I just see my salary is less of course I would react differently which was you approach.

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  12. I dont understand the argument , would most of you agree most civil servants are good for nothing? The only solution is to adapt the Singapore policy to move st lucia out of this quagmire .sack at least 60% of the civil servants cause they are not good value for money.

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  13. Just as are still in the Pacific Rim, some people living on islands today, who believe that Japan is still fighting and is at war with the United States. It would not be all that surprising to learn that some born and raised on plantations in villages in Saint Lucia have not yet heard about the Declaration abolishing slavery!
    Shyster and country bookie, in 2014, human beings in these parts are no longer chattel. We are no longer chattel. Nobody owns nobody! People are free to go where and whenever they please!
    Moreover, the constitution of Saint Lucia country bumpkin guarantees, just in case, as there seems to be the case, grade inflation because they regarded you as eventual paymaster, the constitution guarantees freedom of association.
    Like Chastanet, unlearn your slavery plantation model of government. It looks like that this country bookie model without a view is all that you know and not much else. It is your reference point and falls quite nicely with your Cuban Castro Communist pals. You are totally irrelevant to as a minister of finance. It is not surprising that as a country bookie, YOU DO NOT KNOW THE VALUE OF MONEY. You only know the value of chattel slaves.
    You belong to the VERY DEEP country, away from normal civilization. Go back to the country! Square peg in the wrong hole! Stop pretending to be what you are obviously not.