IT’S OFFICIAL: More unions sign onto government’s wage offer, three more expected to follow soon

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IT’S OFFICIAL: More unions sign onto government’s wage offer, three more expected to follow soon

The Government Negotiating Team (GNT) has concluded negotiations with six of the seven unions making up the Trade Union Federation (TUF) for the triennium 2010-2013.

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.

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  1. How much longer can government/taxpayers afford to keeping paying the striking workers with not work produced in return? ...............It will be interesting to see if they receive their salary in full at the end of this month.

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    • "How much longer can government/taxpayers afford to keeping paying the striking workers with not work produced in return?"

      For civil servants save teachers and a few stand out workers we have been doing it a verrrrrry long time. Another month won't hurt. Let's continue to pay the least productive members in society the money they don't deserve

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