She has stuck to her WhatsApp message.
Civil Service Association (CSA) President Mary Isaac has said that while she believes that her privacy was violated when a post she sent to her CSA executive Whatsapp group chat members was used in a press release, she stands by her words.
The message, sent on Sunday, July 6, read: “Good morning. Remember to watch Chastenet’s (sic) Program on DBS tonight at around 8pm. Licks in Govt tail.”
The Saint Lucia Labour Party, in a press release on Monday, July 7, and as it has done in the last few weeks, questioned Isaac’s motives as the CSA president. Referring to Sunday’s message, the party accused her of being politically motivated and not working in the best interest of her organisation.
The SLP labelled the CSA president’s message as “unbecoming of a senior civil servant and clearly breaches the rules and traditions of the Public Service”.
“Despite the customary angry retorts from Mary’s newfound UWP friends, the Labour Party still believes it is reasonable to ask whether Mary Isaac is pursuing her own political agenda or representing the interest of the hundreds of civil servants who continue to be worried about the future of their jobs,” the SLP said in its press release.
But in an interview with SNO on Monday, July 7, Isaac repeated her words: “I really think that the government needs a lot of licks with a big, big stick… for mismanaging the economy.”
Isaac, while stating that she does not see the issue as something that is newsworthy, sought to explain the reason behind the WhatsApp message.
“The message is just saying to members in my chat room – a group of members who I know would not spill it out – that they should watch for it (the show). It was just a reminder for them to watch… So I do not see anything wrong with the message. But I am saying, it is wrong for somebody to be in my chatroom without me inviting them in. It’s an invasion of privacy…” she said.
Isaac further accused the government of mismanagement.
“It [the message] doesn’t say anything that anybody doesn’t know. I think everybody knows that the government is mismanaging the economy… Somebody ought to be straightening them out,” she added.