Petition challenges CSA’s recent leadership decisions

Petition challenges CSA’s recent leadership decisions
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac

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.

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  1. cib and all others who was not at the decision making meetings. The lesson is you all should be there to vote.

    You stayed away and hope the same 300 members would fight your battle for you now you crying like little babies. what you get hold now next time chart your own course don't let others do it for you.

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  2. What's the lesson in that?...it seems like those who were at the meetings were either misinformed or under some kind of influence cus they seem to be the ones who are more confused over this whole situation...and stop with this "country first" crap..u guys caused the country to lose millions in revenue....to prove what? We all know that it was a poor decision.. end of story..quit trying to justify it

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  3. All those LAZY CSA civil servants,who were way to LAZY to come out to a meeting in other to voice their opinions and guide their very own union in deciding to strike or not to strike to accept 4% or or 0% were elsewhere being hippocrate at the time when my self and others decided not to put our country further in debt and ease the burden and accept 0%. Now those same hippocrates who were at work calling us who were on strike greedy are blaming Mary Isaac, in that case you have about 300 mary isaacs to blame and no 4% or back pay, TAKE THAT AS A LESSON.

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  4. U know what's the saddest part about all this ... the majority of the 300 are the ones that are hoping and praying for some kind of increase and back pay while the ones who stayed away are carrying on as usual if sumting come they will gladly accept if nothing comes they won't be as disappointed as the "Spartans".

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  5. where wa all of you now pointing fingers at the lady. You stayed away and hope the same 300 members would fight your battle for you now you crying like little babies. what you get hold now next time chart your own course dont let others do it for you. i was not in favour of the wage freeze but if you guys had come out and vote you could have stopped it sad day for labour realtions, some of you was making over time and hoping the 300 odd would fight your case. sorry to disaapoint

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  6. @me.....how will that back pay be calculated since y'all ask for a wage freeze..last time I checked 0x anything is still zero.....speaking of democracy didn't it occur to ms isaac and the other 300 members that maybe the other members were not in favor of the strike...I guess u're one of the bandwagonist thats hoping that the gov't will give csa sumting.....why should u expect a back pay when u requested 0... I see so many of y'all calculating that back pay 1-1-2, 2-1-1..did y'all accept the 4%?..The only thing csa accomplished was to put their members at a disadvantage...4% of a loaf is better than starving any idiot knows that...

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  7. trust me this has got to be the worst display of leadership ever shown. the decisions made were so confusing to me. yes I didn't vote but I am a civil servant lookin for betterment in this hard economic times. to strike, then ask for nothing. ridiculous.
    and what back pay mate talkin bout comin in June when civil servants didn't get any agreement. hmmmm is now yall go hear. when police & everybody get their lil $$$

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  8. I find this is pure hogwash and hypocritical!!!!! where was the ¨general¨ membership when we needed them to make those decisions?...at work, by the beach or at home. So the ¨general membership¨ who were present expressed their decision, so all the detractors and roadside mongers have to live with that decision and stop blaming the woman. We all knew the battle was futile, we all knew that this thing had political overtones but everybody went into there cocoons looking for revenge later. We all knew that this was democracy at work and not the executive´s decision, we all knew that the membership was determine not matter what, we all knew that the head table tried to provide guidance in so as to asked that we return to work, what happened?? they were rebuked! So, that so call petition is a little to LATE!. Out of a membership of 2000, a mere 300 members have chartered our course today. I will feel my belt tightening too but that´s the lesson we have to learn and stop being a bunch of cowards the next time around. Viva wage freeze!!!!!Besides the back pay coming in June and not MAY.

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  9. Is that the same Mary Issac the likes of Rick Wayne and some other usual suspects were singing praises to some time ago? Even hinting @ a political career 4 her with all her 'leadership' skills. SMFH. Wat a frigging moronic country!!!!

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