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Is Mary Isaac ‘in bed’ with UWP?

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Mary Isaac, CSA president. * Photo credit: Voice newspaper

STATEMENT – The Saint Lucia Labour Party with due regard for the seriousness of the economic challenge confronting our country has remained quiet while the government tries to engage the public service in discussions on a way forward, however from recent observations it has become necessary to call on CSA President Mary Isaac to decide whether she is representing the interests of civil servants who elected her or the political interests of the United Workers Party.

For some time now, the Saint Lucia Labour Party has observed a rather unusual “coziness” between the United Workers Party and Mary Isaac.

Prior to her election as president of the Civil Service Association, a delegation of the CSA met the United Workers Party. Sources close to the CSA have confirmed that one of the items discussed as part of a memorandum of understanding, was the granting of diplomatic passports to members of the CSA executive by UWP should it return to government. On Monday, June 23, Allen Chastanet met the executive of the UWP and then attended the prayer meeting of the CSA. Is this a mere coincidence madame president?

This is also not the first time this president has brought the integrity and legitimacy of her office into question. When the trade unions disagreed with the government over wage negotiations in 2013, the St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) led by Ms Isaac unilaterally went on strike for a few days, despite being provided with information on the state of the economy; the closeness of the UWP behind this CSA president was very visible, and in fact St. Lucia heard very similar statements issued by Ms. Isaac and representatives of the UWP.

The SLP says that once again we are hearing distinct similarity between statements made by Allen Chastanet and Mary Isaac. Should we continue to believe that this is a mere coincidence?

Allen Chastanet, UWP leader

It is becoming obvious that Mary Issac 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 asssociation.

The SLP believes that in the first place, the failure to attend meetings called by government, the employer, to discuss a matter which affects employees who are represented by the CSA, is irresponsible and a serious violation of the norms of good industrial relations.

A refusal by the government to attend a meeting requested by the CSA would surely have been met with outrage from the CSA president. Of course, in that case the outrage would be justified and no doubt would find support among the government’s detractors.

Yet Mary Isaac seems bent on preserving her collaboration with Allen Chastanet and the UWP, instead of meeting with government to negotiate a way forward which will help avert the disastrous prospect of the country going into the hands of the IMF under which the austerity which will be prescribed will be 10 times worse than what is being offered by the government.

The SLP calls on Mary Isaac to tell the country and the section of civil servants who are not connected to her seeming romance with Allen Chastanet what is in it for her and public servants? And since Allen Chastanet is yet to state publicly how he would deal with this country’s deficit situation, what is the remedy that he (Chastanet) has whispered in her ears?

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38 comments

  1. "What!!" I see that 3 of those you mentioned are on that post. That is why you have 3 thumbs down. That is what THEY DO. STAY IN THE BACKGROUND AND THUMB DOWN EVERYBODY THAT SPEAK FOR THEIR RIGHTS.

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  2. AND WHO IS JADIA IN BED WITH ?

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  3. Reasonable Thinking

    I do not care whom is in whosoever's bed. But when they said there was no proposal to cut civil servants salary it was in the estimates. Time will tell if they touch the salary of civil servants because the current trend is to lie to the public bold face, without shame or apology and we the public accept this mediocrity. We do not have to wait for elections we must demand that the leaders of this country account to us the public and force them to do what is right. Politicians respect the people of Saint Lucia and perform your duties ethically.

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  4. St. Lucians continue to give the PM power. The man, his cabinet, his family and his associates are all well off, pension and all. Stand up to this dictatorship people. The man is deceitful, secretly sneaking wage cuts into the budget. The PM as a lawyer should know what it means to act in good faith. I didn't major in law but I have a fair idea of what this means.

    With all the consultants and advisors being paid to fo a job no one can tell the doctors in gov't what to do. Simply laughable my friends. I am willing to accept vat on my electricity. Those of you who want civil servants to take the pay cut are scared of vat. We are all in this together. He wants to cut salaries to fund his NICE, SMILE and whatever else. Ofcourse, he has to because those are sure votes. PM makes figured lie and the gullible believe. I am happy though that the gullible are in the minority.

    I will put country first and accept vat on my electricity. Bring it on PM!

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    • Perhaps Saint Lucians will learn not to put country bookies in charge, especially those whose backgrounds are from the former slave plantations. How much does someone like that have to offer regarding modern government, when their background is set in the backwoods of a village!
      What we have proven to date is that country bumpkins are unsuitable to lead. They only know slave plantation government.
      Some are even known in their youth to play games by tying people darker than themselves to trees. We always get the government that we deserve!

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  5. Is not Mary Issac that's in bed Chastanet but the likes of Alvin Landers, Danny Stephens and Hubert James that is in the pocket of Chastanet.

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  6. Ok, so some propose a 2% increase in VAT. How would the unemployed manage to survive? Or those working for really low salaries? St. Lucia has one of the highest number of civil servants per population. I think it's only fair that we accept the 5% wage cut, but beginning with the PM and all the Ministers.
    Also, regardless of whether Kenny did this before or not, the situation has just become very real...IMF will come if we don't act swiftly. So forget all that political nonsense and lets work to save ourselves. Now I must go roll a fat one right about now...

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  7. The Labour Party do not believe in prayers and what better way to demonstrate it. SLP has gotten to a new low.

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  8. Goodness me. Is this Jadia's sorry attempt at deflecting attention from her beloved PM? Money you have failed again. This time drastically. Keep dividing the nation. I don't care about colours but at least the public servants have someone who can stand up on their behalf. The man would have sold us to the dogs if she was not there.

    Was king in bed with kenny anthony when he ran to the post trough meeting? Hmmm...interesting. I realise someone singing for money to go to study. Is she in bed with the pm?

    With the way things are going I'd rather be in bed with Mary Isaac than with anyone else.

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  9. I wan to know the devious asshole from the SLP camp that published this nonsense to fool st lucians again with their petty low ass poltics

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  10. Was kenny anthony in bed with monrose?

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  11. Isaac is using her position to fulfill the opposition's agenda. The poor members are unaware of the consequences of a refusal to accept a wage cut. An employer has every right to reduce it's workforce if it is unable to pay it's employees. In the private sector you may be cut off because of a loss in profits. I believe every member should search his\her soul and decide what is best for me and my country. Isaac is after her own selfish interest. She would be one of those receiving diplomatic immunity not you. Make sure (on paper) that the union will your bills in the event you lose your job.

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  12. I think that the "Caption" of this article is disrespectful to Mary Issac.

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  13. The Members of the CSA would like to have a meeting with the PM directly. Let me know in advance whether this means sleeping with the PM. The SLP should be hiding their faces to know that they are criticizing one person for attending a prayer meeting. SLP can only attending meetings dealing with blood. When the PM sided with CSA for the 14% salary it means he was sleeping with the CSA so do not get jealousy over Chastanet. SLP? SLGovernment who is building a big shopping mall in Trinidad is it a St. Lucian??? When teh PM decides to touch a persons salary without their approval it is time for action, now he is dealing with more than one person. Mary Isaac's reponse via the media is what the members of CSA decided her response should be it is not her personal reponse, so if anyone tackle her they are tackling all of the members of the CSA and beyond. Be very careful what is said or done to Ms Mary Isaac. Everyone should be made responsible for the debt of this country since no one stopped Kenny not only the CSA so he should add 2% on the 15% VAT to make it a level playing field. Not one set to suffer the consequencies of his wrong doings.

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  14. Miss Isaac and all others in leadership position know very well that you will never please everyone. So all this attack on the PM, referring to him as a dictator is uncalled for. There are people in your organization who are not happy with some of the position and decisions taken by you. In fact during your last term, senior members of your executive spoke openly against some of your actions. As a leader you took the action you thought was best at the time. Are you always right? Are you a dictator? I think not. You are a leader. Besides, your responsibility is to a small group compared to the Pm who has the entire nation and has to also take into account the international community

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  15. Hmmm...maybe I'm mistaken but wasn't Dr. Anthony,when in opposition in 2009, parading the streets with union leaders and their members offering words of wisdom and encouragement in their bid to get an increase? I guess when the shoe is on the other foot it doesn't feel so good,huh. Our politicians are sinking to lower levels every day with these ridiculous and quite frankly childish press statements..for a minute I even thought I was reading a prepubescent teen's Facebook post.Grow up Lucian politicians,please!!

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  16. I don't care who she chooses to be in bed with. In fact I believe that all public servants have the right and should be allowed to openly affiliate with which ever political party they want to. After all, politicians can put on their red or yellow shirts, go on a platform and talk all kind of foolishness one night and in the morning they are Prime minister or minister to every St Lucian. So why can't a public officer put on their shirt and go on platform to share their views on matters of public interest and still do their work? The problem I have is her refusal to attend the meetings. All this back and forth over the media does not address or resolve our problem. I hear some calling for the resignation of the PM on account that public servants don't trust or like him. I wonder which one of us has the trust and admiration of all the members of our immediate family or those who are supervisors, their subordinates. Should you give up on your responsibility because of that? Miss Issac, Mr PM and all the other union leaders, please get to the table and resolve this thing and stop all this roro in the media. We grow up in a house with parents and siblings and we have disputes.

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  17. Who wrote that rubbish????? Kenny was urging workers when SLP was in power. Chewps

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  18. For an administration acting as the official representation of a nation... this is low.

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    • But SLP smartasses gave a real country bookie from deep within the heart of the countryside as the head of SLP for life! What else did you expect?
      For years some of us have been holding our breath. The wait is now over! The masque has fallen of the face. Only the 'Yeah! I fool them again' smirk is still there.
      With this one, once a country bookie always a country bookie. You can take the man out of the country, but you can never take the country out of the man. Each of us has just one vote. Some of us sell that for a piece of chicken leg or $100. Saint Lucia they say is idiot country.

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  19. hmm was it the PM press secretary responsible for this one??? I am sure she is.

    and it was not jus CSA that didn't meet with the gov to discuss the matter. other unions didn't show as well.

    Kenny try all the tricks u want but I think atleast people are seein u for what u are after all these years. a liar, a thief, a communist and so much more I cant say here

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  20. While you all fighting sweet Helen is burning.How can we save Sweet Helen that's my concern.Is it yours???.Poor Helen.

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  21. If she is in bed with UWP what's wrong with that? She may have taken a page from all other pro labour presidents who have sided with SLP from 1979. The only thing that is wrong here is the shoes is on the other foot.

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  22. Ask Kenny: Henry Charles, Martin Satney, Doxerie, Demark .Monrose, Cumbabatch, Montroupe. Virginia Poyotte, Former police welfare president. LABOUR PARTY go hide your face.

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  23. Couldn't even read all of that crap. Choops SLP focus on our country eh with these childish statements.

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  24. Yes, in the same way that Kenny was in bed with Dosserie, Demark an others in 2009

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  25. Wasnt Mr. Demark a member of the SLP and contested the by elections in Ansl La Ray against Lansiquot. There was nothing wrong with that then, was there?

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  26. Wha wrong wit that?? SLP has all the union heads in their camp and no one is commenting about that. Is was about time someone step up and expose the wickedness the SLP government is doing to us St. Lucians. Typical Kenny to cry fowl when the shoe is on the other foot. Tell him to continue jumping up with his SLP supporters when they refuse the 5% cut. STEP DOWN KENNY... WE ARE READY FOR CHANGE!!

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  27. Mary is looking after the interest of her members....n if its convenient to use the uwp so what.....slp did it too

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  28. Wish we would stop with the juvenile politics and focus on St. Lucia. For love of country. Stop embarassing our nation please? Please rise above this nonsense on focus on nation building. The only thing 3rd world is our mindset! Elevate ppl! Geez.

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  29. Who has always been in bed with the unions? Ask some present and past union leaders who have gotten high paying jobs and other perks. I guess as Kenny said in Parliament he is a politician, this is politics people just must try to sift through the lies and innuendo.

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  30. This is a papishow statement. Mere speculation. Is it because the CSA is challenging the government Mary is being accused of being in bed with the UWP? That is so stupid. Are the head of the other Unions in bed with Chastanet?

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  31. Bullshit, and present government tried to infiltrate unions. Now the pot boiling they Gov't trying their same old dirty tactics, smfh

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  32. Do not play doltish and lying to the public. All leaders were invited to the prayer session. This was to observe Public Servant Day and it was appropriate to invite leader of governments. Most religious denominations were represented.

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    • So what do we say to Dr Bertin sitting to the front

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    • All those talking about this and that, Kenny and his government (its our government) why don't you look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself one question "I'm I honest with my country? or I'm I just playing mere politics.Tell all public servants give a fair days work. I don't care if government takes 5% from my pay check, its my country I helping. Civil servants god sees and hears everything you do, and to end man proposes, but GOD disposes.

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