PRESSURE MOUNTS: CSA plans to take to the streets

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PRESSURE MOUNTS: CSA plans to take to the streets
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac
Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac

The Civil Service Association (CSA) is moving to intensify its pressure on the government in the ongoing wage dispute as it has announce plans to stage a placard-bearing protest on the streets this Thursday, April 4, 2013.

The move to hit the streets is a departure from the stance that the CSA took in the beginning.

In an earlier media interview, CSA President Mary Isaac had said the union is not interested in disrupting the country and would not take to the streets.

However, it appears that Saturday’s signing by other public sector unions has pushed the CSA into action as the pressure mounts to have the negotiations on the 2010/2013 triennium concluded as the new period, 2013/2016, begins.

Yesterday, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, marked the third week of strike action by the civil servants.

Meanwhile, there has been no significant shift in the negotiation process since the intervention of former top level government officials.

While the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) initially rejected sitting with the duo of Mark Louis and Matthew Roberts, Prime Minister Dr.Kenny Anthony, in a letter to the chairman, officially recognized the two ex-civil servants as intercessors.

The CSA president said she is confident that Louis and Roberts can represent their interest.

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  1. hey calling civil servants won't change the facts on the ground; that they get paid no overtime when they are expected beyond the call of duty, did you hear of Forestry workers getting extra pay after working 15 to 20 hr days after Tomas. What about the livestock and research departments of the min of agriculture when they have to be out at all odd hours performing government tasks. where are the risk payments for those who walk the forest risking snake bite and other hazards. what about those who bring work home so that things run smoothly, what about the workers who work in conditions that are basically illegal according to the labour code? the truth is civil servants perform all the dirty and unseen tasks which keep this country ticking, yet they usually operate with outdated materials, have no means of getting extra compensation when they over achieve, practically banned by conflict of interest clauses from participating in private enterprise in areas where they may be specialists. i think the view of some of the people who comment here is tainted cause they simple don't know the scope of work or the daily requirements placed on government workers, and choose to only see short comings of a few, while they themselves who condemn may be in the private sector and give us substandard service and are always quick to exploit opportunity to gouge

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    • Yes they worked 15 to 20 hour days for a few weeks after Tomas. But what about the 0 - 1 hour days prior to and after Tomas. And the 3 hour lunches every day. There are some hard working Civil Servants no doubt. Very Very few of them. Most of them are lazy and suck the life blood out of tax payers.

      Hazards of the job my friend. If you don't want snake bites go be an accountant. DO NOT GIVE THEM THE RAISE

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      • yea john is your kind of thinking that have us producing way too many lawyers and accountant and not enough people who can produce and solve the problems we actually have. stop being one tracked and myopic and just stuck to some political mantra or the other. the problems we face shows that there are some big issues which need to be solved the CSA strike and the current state of the economy are just symptoms of the foolish thinking, yours not excluded, which has brought us here. that is why dinosaurs like you need to pushed aside and more free thinking youth given a chance to make a difference, by the way you speak i can tell that you are someone who is resigned to the struggles that real people face. news for you though, you can't dictate to us, you will get a better listening ear if you actually spent time talking about realistic solutions as opposed to just being small minded and of another time.

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  2. that strike shows poor leadership on the part of CSA. If you are still in negotiation then why are you striking??????? But then again who doesn't enjoy paid vacation.... in this case I'm all for no work no pay.

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  3. If the Public Servants are lazy I would like to know how the hell the country running. We ran the country. Nobody knows our pain nobody knows how long we have been sitting on old chairs that gives us bad backs. Nobody knows ppl come to work everyday and have no place to sit. Lazy dam. Those ppl who call us lazy will not. Be able to spend one month on board.

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    • So y dont urll strike for newer chairs, more desks, better working conditions. The 9.5% wont make the chairs seem more comfortable.
      I worked in a ministry and believe me i used to be bored to death cuz i didnt have much to do. But unlike some of my fellow colleagues who spent whole day online i actually went around learning other persons desk just to pass the time.
      yes there are some persons in the ministry that work very hard and there are others who i downright LAZY and i know that for a fact. Their customer service sucks. I actually heard a government worker tell a customer who complained about the customer service "go ahead speak to my supervisor, u ever hear government fire anyone" smh

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  4. CSA Members Laziest?

    Customs Dept. & the treasury handle the country's money and they're getting no further benefits than a measly 4% increase. And we say they're lazy and do not deserve the increase!

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    • Makes absolutely no sense. So because customs and treasury department handling the country's money they supposed to get further benefits. That's ridiculous. That's all tax payers money. Your'll may see the money coming in but what about what's going out. Do u see when all the country's debts are being repaid? It's time the government start that no work no pay strike cuz as far as i see urll just enjoying a paid vacation and other people business on a standstill. choops

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  5. The laziest u say, because they don't have the public presence of police, firemen, teachers, nurses, doctors & prison officers does not mean that most of them aren't hardworking. All other unions will be receiving 4% plus allowances whereas the CSA members will only receive 4%. Is that fair?

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    • that's what negotiation and arbitration is for. Strike on the other hand has no reasoning other than to continue making the Civil servants look lazy...... I'm all for the increase but not the strike. Stop the paid vacation and get back to work.

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  6. The laziest of all Public Servants aiming to get the largest reward. Whilst I do agree that the Labour Gov't is ridiculous in its overspending and consultants and other policies, the laziest Public Servants really can't be the moral authority on this.

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    • It's not all of the civil servants that are lazy. Some of us are productive... and give our best. There's an underlying reason for all of this - don't just read on the surface.

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      • I personally do not see the point of the strike other than to hurt the countries economy. If you are still in negotiations then why are you striking????.......... You cannot fault people for calling you guys lazy when you are currently on paid vacation/strike.

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        • You all are the laziest set of people. Day ban awarjae. Custom Officers are the most corrupt set of people.

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          • Crow, why don't you shut your hungry mouth. Every one is entitled to write what he or she pleases to say, so if you have a problem with that it's your loss. I guess the blogger hit a nerve of yours.

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