Save Our Union Group locked out of CSA building

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Save Our Union Group locked out of CSA building

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A group comprising some 25 members of the Civil Service Association (CSA) was Wednesday afternoon locked out of the union’s building headquartered in Sans Souci, Castries.

The Save Our Union Group as they describe themselves, showed up to have a meeting to discuss several key issues affecting the general membership of the organisation.

But upon arriving at the CSA building, they met an empty and locked building. This did not, however, prevent them from having their planned meeting outside the main auditorium of the CSA building.

The team which has been very critical of the CSA executive and has on many occasions called for their removal, discussed the alleged misuse of the CSA’s finances and unconstitutional matters.

The CSA executive, however, issued a statement on Wednesday just before the meeting, stating that they are aware of the planned meeting and had urged members not to attend.

“This is an attempt by a group of our members to distract our effort to deal with the problems being faced by our members. Every time we seek to take government to task on a matter facing our members, we are attacked by the Save Our Union Group,” the statement said.

The executive also made it clear that they will not be distracted from dealing with the “unhealthy conditions” which members face at various institutions and is focused on serving each member.

The Labor Commissioner has urged the CSA executive to assent to a petition by the group requesting an extra-ordinary general meeting, but they have argued that it violates the CSA’s constitution.

The CSA executive has made it clear that they do not recognise the Save Our Union Group.

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  1. I believe the current executive is ruffling some feathers and putting things right hence the reason these people are up in arms. From all indication there was lots of wastage among other things taking place in there and now things are being done by the book. It is also clear that this group is trying to by time for the government where negotiations are concern. I heard the young lady made a very striking statement on rci to the effect that all other unions have isgn why dont the csa sign too. WOW. So its quite clear what the agenda is. Also the member who is heading the save the union is negotiating against the very CSA members food for thought

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  2. THAT GROUP IS LIKE A TEENAGE CHILD CHALLENGING EVERYTHING THEIR PARENTS DO. THE TEENAGER THINKS HE HAS A RIGHT TO WHATEVER HE WANTS, EVEN IN HIS PARENTS' HOUSE. BUT THEY FORGOT THEY HAD NO KEY TO THE HOUSE. HAHA

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  3. save the union is NOT a group recognized by the Union. why dont they get that. a few persons who claim to be representing st.lucia cannot go ahead and claim to be dignitaries. there is protocol. i agree they should be out. you cant do whatever you feel just because you are a member. these fellas have shown that they have an agenda.
    BTW they left their job allegedly on union business when the union announced no meeting and their group is unrecognized... to me their supervisors should reprimand them for vacating post.
    WE DONT NEED YOU TO SAVE ANY UNION, WE NEED YOU TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM ITS CURRENT PATH...SAVE YOURSELVES.

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  4. A group of SLP operatives planted to create problems within the CSA. I just hate politics that would destroy a nation just to win an election.

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  5. This group bent on allowing outside political influence to use them to destroy their own home. Where is the thinking. They conveniently forget that the government was planning to reduce salaries and it was the very union that stood firm in defense of all CSA members

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  6. I deeply believe that this group of disturbers are allegedly planted by the SLP to create problems for the union.
    The St.Lucian public has have enough of you.

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  7. How ironic that a trade union has locked out its financial members when that is normally a tactic used by employers against striking unionized workers.

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    • An organization with that kind of an organization is tantamount to mutiny. I agree with the executive. You can't have a union within a union - that's anarchy. If you are unhappy then use the electoral process set up within the union's constitution. The plants who are determined to cause confusion are not interested in the union they are interested in political agenda. This is not a recognized group and therefore they should receive no CSA attention. I was hoping to see at least 1/5th of their alleged 500 signatories. Disappointing and transparent in their motives. Where were they when the government was coming at the members with the butchers cleaver to unilaterally hack off 5% of the salaries of members? I heard that question ask and I think it's a fair one to ask.

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  8. Could we view this as 25 persons out of thousands having a different opinion? Well if so have your meeting by the beach discuss strategy to get more on your side. No sense arguing.

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