Minister meets with Fire Service Association executive

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Minister meets with Fire Service Association executive


After almost one week of protest by a group of firemen, National Security Minister Victor Lacorbiniere is now seeking to have a meeting with members of the St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA), a source said.

The source told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the minister made contact with the association and had set a meeting for this morning.

A team of executive members of the SLFSA have agreed to the meeting to discuss their issues. Based on the outcome of that meeting, the association will decide whether it would continue the protest. However, the firefighters are very passionate about the issues facing them and plan to make them known, the source said.

Several firefighters met yesterday with the executive of the Civil Service Association (CSA) to seek solidarity and its advice. During that meeting, they discussed at lengths the issues that they want addressed and how they hope to get them addressed. The firefighters remain firm that something must be done this time around to address the situation.

Former SLFSA President Marcus Paul said yesterday that the issues facing firefighters are “on the wall and clear for everyone to see”. He said the SLFSA demands that the issues be addressed in a country that preaches democracy.

“We are not going to disregard the law,” he noted.

Paul alleged that the entire senior management of the Fire Service is paying a blind eye to the SLFSA and continues to display inappropriate and unlawful behaviour towards members.

The Public Service Commission have been heavily criticised for its move to sanction the former President of the SLFSA Shane Felix over his alleged disrespectful behaviour towards a senior fire official, instead of acting on the recommendations made in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) which found that a few senior fire officials were involved in unlawful behaviour.

The firefighters have said they are fed up with the management of the Fire Department and are concerned that the recommendations of the COI into the fire service have not been implemented. The association has complained about this issue frequently, without any answers.

The SLFSA claims that because of the failure to act on the recommendations, the senior management of the fire service continues to take advantage of firefighters in many ways.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. fire service is an essential servise and should be declared so by the govt. thereby making the strike illegal the guys would go back to work and some other solution should be found

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  2. No pen is safe, they know the pen is mightier than the sword, so they trying to disarm us, taking our pens even when they pockets filled ,

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  3. Let me clarify sumthing.......that picture is not from the meeting with Lacobinere today. The minister has only asked to meet with the executive of the Association.

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  4. I don't enjoy being out of work. I want to return to my station to do what the tax payers are paying me to do.
    However, we can't continue to operate in an environment where senior officers perpetually disregard the roll of law.
    The illegality, nepotism, discrimination and disrespect has had a free rain for too long. It must end here and now.

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  5. Well better late than never. This situation could have been diffused ever since if the Minister had simply shown a bit of leadership and goodwill. It's not always about who is in charge who is right/wrong. We don't need pompous statements, excuses and press releases while the country burns.

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  6. I think that things in this country are just to easy for the people who we put to manage our affairs. We do not demand accountability and make certain that it is delivered. We as a people allow ourselves to be bullied by those who we entrust with the management of our national affairs. Why do the issues hanging over the Fire Service have to get to crisis proportion before someone of substance intervenes

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  7. I hope this meeting is not called by the invisible Minister, in an attempt to have the fire fighters go back to work for the weekend, based on a promise from him, that will not be kept.

    The weekend is the most active period for the fire Service. Most accidents happen on a weekend. The Airport is most active on a weekend.

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  8. Victor Lacorbiniere now alone you see it fitting to meet with the members of the fire service after all the damage is done, why you people don't stop playing politics with the public servants and St. Lucians on the whole. Mr.Lacorbiniere you should go.

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  9. The Commission Of Inquiry (COI) was as a result of information received by the Prime Minister of pending industrial action by Fire Fighters because of unresolved issues in the Department. The COI 'a means to avert this present situation' was agreed to in good faith. Oblivious on how to handle the situation, the COI Recommendations were ideas shared, resulting from the information gathered. It is not written in stone.
    I find all who had no idea of what to do before the COI,to be opinionated NOW criticizing the report, to be of poor taste. You have now been given an idea for action, expound or edit the suggestions. Things cannot continue the way they are.

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  10. If ya'll knew that ya'll would ignore the recommendations of the COI y pay so much money wasting tax payers money to get it done

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