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LUCELEC and CSA sign collective agreement for Grade 1 employees

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(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and the Civil Service Association (CSA) signed the collective agreement for the period 2011-2013, on Friday, November 15.

The CSA represents the Company’s Grade 1 employees (Junior Staff). The signing took place at the CSA Centre in Sans Souci in the presence of Labour Officer Kissenger Smith.

Six years ago, after the parties had signed off on all the clauses and exchanged letters confirming they had reached agreement, a dispute arose, which eventually went to the Labour Tribunal for review. It was over the CSA’s insistence on the inclusion of 15-point grade structure in a schedule to the agreement that it says was agreed to. The matter was eventually resolved earlier this year when the Labour Tribunal ruled that the 15-point grade structure should be included in the agreement.

The company had previously paid to its Grade 1 employees all increases, benefits and retroactive payments negotiated for the period while the agreement was being prepared for signing in 2013. That includes the wage increases of 4%, 2% and 2% agreed to. With the implementation of the grade structure, LUCELEC will immediately make all outstanding payments to its Grade 1 employees.

Speaking at the signing, LUCELEC Managing Director Trevor Louisy welcomed the closure of the matter. He says it had been a trying period for the entire LUCELEC Team and expressed the hope healing could now begin. He noted, too, that LUCELEC continues to be a responsible employer in ensuring that all employees are adequately compensated for the position they hold.

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