Now that the dust has settled following a major industrial relations clash between the government and the St Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), the cracks within the membership of the trade union are starting to show.
It appears that members of the central services, as well as members of the statutory boards, are questioning whether CSA President Mary Isaac gave the union’s membership full disclosure on the implications of the decision to settle for a wage freeze.
The CSA held out for almost one month in a standoff with the government demanding a 9.5 percent salary increase, before eventually announcing that it had accepted a zero increase for the triennium 2010/2013 in an “all or nothing” bid.
Despite numerous claims by Isaac that she has been acting at the behest of the general membership, a petition is reportedly in circulation declaring outright rejection by the general body of the decision to accept a wage freeze.
Information suggests that by foregoing the 4 percent salary increase, the CSA has put its statutory board members of the union at a serious disadvantage, excluding them from receiving any increases that their counterparts from the central service would receive.
The situation has now reached boiling point, prompting members from both the central services and the statutory boards to make what is being seen as a last ditch effort to save the union.
In their petition, the members are requesting an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the way forward and ways to save the union from what is being described as the destructive path that it is heading toward.