The Executive Director of the St. Lucia Employers Federation, for instance, has described the decision to strike as unfortunate.
Joseph Alexander contends that the global economic environment is paralyzing the economies of small states like St.Lucia.
He says the troubling times are everywhere, including Barbados, where the government has decided not to grant increases to civil servants.
In Jamaica, the government and Unions agreed to freeze wages to public servants. And Grenada on Friday indicated it could not meet its debt repayments. There are also salary issues in Antigua/Barbuda.
Alexander also believes that the CSA (Civil Service Association) made a wrong move in not considering arbitration as opposed to strike; this he says contravenes the principles of collective bargaining.