On Saturday, March 30, 2013, the Medical and Dental Association, the Saint Lucia Teachers Union, the Saint Lucia Fire Service Welfare Association, and the Saint Lucia Correctional Service Welfare Association all affixed their signatures to the collective agreement with government.
Chairman of the GNT, Vern Gill, said it is a relief to have gotten this far in the negotiation process, given the rocky start the GNT was faced with.
According to Gill, he is expecting the Saint Lucia Nurses Association, the National Workers Union and the Vieux Fort General and Dock Workers to follow suit shortly.
However, he noted that there are still outstanding issues to be addressed with the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association. The GNT’s chairman revealed that the CSA has brought in two new parties to mediate on its behalf.
Gill said the GNT’s last conversation with the CSA was via the TUF. At that time, the GNT indicated it was willing to continue talks on condition that public workers return to their duties. Unfortunately, members of the CSA voted to continue their industrial action.
This signing brings to the total five members of the TUF who have already concluded and signed their respective collective agreements with government.
The Police Welfare Association was the first on Friday, March 22, 2013.