REJECTION: CSA plans to “shut down the country” if next round of negotiations sour

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REJECTION: CSA plans to “shut down the country” if next round of negotiations sour
Castries Waterfront showing the government buildings.
Castries Waterfront showing the government buildings.

Members of the Civil Service Association (CSA) have rejected the four-percent wage increase with conditions proposed by the Government Negotiating Team (GNT), saying they want 9.5 percent or they will strike and “shut down the country” if the results of their next meeting with government are not favourable.

The decision was made during the CSA’s meeting held today, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

According to the minutes of the meeting obtained by St. Lucia News Online, the CSA rejected the officer because the “conditions highlighted by the GNT was more of a ‘smoke screen’”.

According to the minutes of the meeting: “There was nothing concrete in their proposal that satisfied the members. It was more like ’empty’ promises presented to civil servants.  Also, the members noted that accepting the 4 percent increase will not be beneficial to officers in grades 1 to 5. Yes, the teachers and police may be willing to accept this offer but bear in mind that these officers’ salaries start at grade 7.”

It added: “Another point to note is that all members, which fall under the TUF (Trade Union Federation) umbrella must all agree to a common decision in order for negotiations to come to closure.  The information provided by the media by certain individuals were used as scare tactics so that the other unions accept the 4 percent.

“Finally, we the members of CSA moved a motion that we are willing to settle for 9.5 percent increase without conditions this time around.  The GNT and TUF are to meet some time tomorrow to consider our proposal.  On Friday, CSA members plan to meet again to discuss the outcome of the said meeting (GNT/TUF) and if we are not satisfied with the result we strike (shut down the country).”

According to the minutes of the meeting, conditions which “we initially requested will be negotiated at the next round 2013/2016”.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Kenny should do like Regan did, Fire all those who do not want to work and hire new workers.

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  2. What?????????? In my country we asked for 5 percent we only got 1.5 and you all getting 4 and declining. Better I was living St. Lucia

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  3. CSA : St lucia or Myself...hmmm
    F*** ST Lucia , i choice Myself.
    so sad. Just Blame the grovenment after our economy drops. Good Luck Lucia!

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  4. One word...Karma, you shut down the country and something else will eventually shut you. The greed of mankind is the source of all Evil. Our Fair Helen will not be proud of you people. I mean what happened to 'Love the land that gave us birth?' That's MADNESS...

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    • son of helen i am sure your kitchen is well stock with food and your bills are up to date and your bank account is good as gold , like lester once said, son of helen is kenny wife.

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  5. make it 300 percent and let sweet st.lucia go to th dogs! Lets see how many people will be jobless when the IMF steps in after a year!

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  6. Great CSA Members. Kenny is a bully, you are so correct What happens to grade 1-5, are they not workers. The rest of the unions have sold their members out. Any other meeting CSA go first not teachers. I am Thinking was it a case of a behind the scence for police to accept and the rest follow as a ploy? only asking not accusing. If the security force goes the thinking is the rest will go. CSA members Bravo. Stand up for you rights. Stimulus package what a waiste, buy caribbean metals or brice roofing, but vat on accessories one cannot go with out the order. Tell Kenny he is a bluffer.

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    • They’re not standing up to Kenny. This isn’t about kenny. They’re asking all non public sector St. Lucians to pay the price when this cripples our economy. If they cared about the country and not their pockets they’d ask for the 9.5% increase for only grades 1-5....... LEAVE THE POLITICS OUT!!! COUNTRY FIRST FOR ONCE

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  7. Apparently only the CSA has the balls to stand up to Kenny. I am saddened and ashamed of our teachers.

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    • They're not standing up to Kenny. This isn't about kenny. They're asking all non public sector St. Lucians to pay the price when this cripples our economy. If they cared about the country and not their pockets they'd ask for the 9.5% increase for only grades 1-5 but they won't cause they just GREEDY!!!!!

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  8. finally one of those unions are showing some 'cahonnes' the others didn't have, we really need to send a clear message not to this government only but all past and future gov'ts. REMEMBER NO PRIME MINISTER OWNS ST.LUCIA. 2011 elections you'll will see that mistake was made.

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