“I think the association is still being undermined” – Shane Felix

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“I think the association is still being undermined” – Shane Felix
Shane Felix
Shane Felix

The St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA) is to some extent still being “undermined” and “disregarded”, according to Former Chairman Shane Felix.

Felix told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the SLFSA is not being seen as a representative body and may be the reason why there are so many issues, confronting the fire service.

He explained that the SLFSA is not a rank in the department, rather it is an organisation created by the laws of the St. Lucia Fire Service, to represent the interest of all firefighters.

“Once we get to that point where the authorities recognizes the association for what it is, I think that in itself, will assist in moving forward with the other issue we have,” he added.

The SLFSA and government are still to discuss a number of issues, many of which have been left unresolved for a number of years. Felix said discussions in this regard have been moving at a slow pace, but noted that a few things have been corrected.

However, despite the obstacles the fire association official told SNO that the recent strike action has been an eye opener for many firefighters. Felix said the workforce now understands the need for an association, what its responsibilities are and the type of representation they can get.

Meanwhile, in providing an update on some of other matters, Felix said SLFSA is now awaiting the management of the Fire Service to sit with them and agree on a date for the next elections. That date is usually decided by the Fire Chief.

The SLFSA is hoping that elections could be completed before the end of this month.

“It’s really the Chief Fire Officer who presides over the elections. He would just seek our assistance, but it’s really all up to him,” Felix explained.

The association has also written to the Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, on the outcome of the meeting with a few ministers of government, during his absence. The SLFSA is awaiting a response from the prime minister and hopefully have the other issues addressed.

“We have written the Ministry of Public Service on some issues coming out of the meeting with government and about several things that were are not pleased with,” he added. Felix however, did not venture to explain what these issues are.

The association has also been able to complete its proposal for submission to the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) since it was given the keys to its new office. The executive is now awaiting a response from the GNT, on a date to meet and discuss better working conditions for its members.

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  1. some people must realise when it's time to give up the fight. You won already!!!.Just finish with that... now you want to take on more authorities..I am now suspecting that the problem is You. YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH AUTHORITY OBVIOUSLY.

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  2. Why is Shane Felix speaking on behalf of all firemen when he is no longer the president of the Association?

    It appears that this guy is a puppet being controlled by someone else. I suggest that he focus on his substantive post and carry on with the government's work.

    Also, the department's image is tarnished right now with the strike and other crminal allegations against firemen.

    Focus!!! Its not about you Shane!!

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  3. for someone who is claiming victimization daily, it is nice to see you posing in ya subordinate officer rank marking. wow,you just kike the dame limelight. Go back to preschool. And may I ask mr. felix is there anything good happening in the fire service. Have never heard you comment on a positive venture.....wow,,,,wow,,,they need to get this man away from such an important department.

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  4. shane felix could u take a break from my living room.........u scare my 6yr old with ya ugliness and your constant negativity of what was such a noble profession till you pop ya pathetic face in the limelight

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  5. the news media should take a break from showing the face of that troll on my television........im sick of seeing that man on tv talking crap every night........that's the only union leader that ensures his ugly face appear on tv nightly.........choops

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  6. shane feliux acts like a child that didn't have love from his mother.....why don't mr felix tell us about the finances of the association.how much money has been spent on legal fees since 2009,(especially the fernando case)how many cases have been won by the association.........I can smell a rat as it relates to the finances ..........y would a chairman refuse to present an audited statement of the finances of a union since 2009.u and your band of indiscipline thugs will soon answer don't worry.

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  7. Have the fire executive submit the financial report as a prerequisite for election.Shane update us bro.

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  8. What does Shane wish to accomplish by always pushing his face in the media. Making it look like the issues are so many. This article just has no substance to it. It seems he is forgetting that like he said, his file is full of issues against him like he has been working in the fire service for 50 years and that disciplinary action is being taken against him. He knows what he is doing wrong and is trying to make others look bad to see if he can make himself look good by using his position as ass. President. He is trying to push his own agenda and not that of the firemen.

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  9. I think that cab and independent need to revamp their thinking. So since when is it wrong to speak up and point out the wrong doing of those who are in positions of power and are supposed to be setting a proper precedent? Since when must a work force sit back and take bullshit from those in authority? Do you understand the meaning of a democracy at all? Since when must workers be silent in the face of injustice that has been perpetuated for decades? And by some of the same people who when they were on the association tried to change some of the policies they are hell bent on implementing up to this day! And since when is this a war between Shane Felix and the government or Shane Felix and the fire service management" The fire service association represents the interest of ALL fire personnel. It is not a separate entity from the general fire service membership. And to those who don't understand the struggle have you ever wondered why management is trying so hard to silence the voice of those trying to create better working conditions for the subordinates who do all the work? It's 2014, massah days are gone! I for one applaud Mr Felix for having the testicular fortitude to bring the issues to light. He is the voice of everyone of the fire officers who are still to scared to air out their grievances about management for fear of reprisal. And Mr C stop leaking out information about your staff to media houses. It just makes your leadership look bad. Stop putting up stupid signs all over the place like we are in preschool and realize is big men and women and not fireboys and firegirls you are working with. Put the signs up at your homes so maybe your wayward children will listen to you or maybe even your animals.

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    • Wasn't it S leaking out what is supposed to be confidential information and documents to the media. It begs the question where and how he was getting his information. Was he in collusion with other persons who have a duty to keep information confidential? He has never spoken about better working conditions for the firemen. All he has done is try to manage management.

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  10. If one is seeking promotion in this country we all know how it's done. Sit quietly and accept shit. Those at the top do not want ppl who could challenge them. They promote those who just say yes sir to everything. So I do not get your point. As a matter of fact he is doing himself a dis service by speaking out. We need more ppl like Felix in the work place cuz all we have are a bunch of cowards who only have a voice depending on which party is in power.

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  11. Why is this gentleman getting so much air time....he has his own agenda..he willl soon forget the other officers...he is the for promotion by bullying...not merit and discipline.

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