Senate president suggests returning firefighters should not be paid

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Senate president suggests returning firefighters should not be paid
Claudius Francis.
Claudius Francis.

President of the St. Lucia Senate Claudius Francis has suggested that firefighters, who participated in the recent strike action, should not be paid for the days spent away from work.

Claudius made this statement Monday night on the “In Touch” show, hosted and presented by Press Secretary to the Prime Minister-Jadia Jn Pierre Emanuel, on Choice Television.

“Personally I have a fundamental difficulty with anyone going on strike and getting paid for that period. I don’t oppose the government, if the government decides not to go that way,” he stated.

Claudius noted that from the 390 firefighters employed, nearly 100 of them were on strike. This meant that 290 of them were filling a huge gap because of that strike action.

“You are now telling the 290 that remain… God bless their hearts…that not only are they being rewarded, but that for those of whom they worked are going to get the same remuneration as they did? I think that is a slap in the face to those who stayed on,” he added.

The president of the senate is however of the view that there are cases to be answered on both sides.

“This is a discipline force and you cannot have people breaching rules, regulations and deciding which one is to fall and which one should not,” he said.

“I don’t subscribe to any witch hunt. Disciplinary action has to be taken where breaches of staff order and management have occurred on both sides,” he added.

Touching briefly on the Commission of Inquiry (COI) that was set up to investigate allegations of abuse of power and other matters within the Fire Service, Claudius stated that there were breaches on both sides, and the matters should be resolved in an amicable manner.

A petition was signed by members of the St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA) and it was agreed to immediately withdraw their services (stay home), until they were positively engaged in action aimed at speedily resolving the existing issues that continue to plague the fire department.

The firefighters commenced their strike on September 1 and ended it on September 12 after meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre and other government officials.

The SLFSA was promised to have promotions looked into and an election for a new executive conducted.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony had also announced the secondment of Fire Chief Leslie Fontenelle.

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  1. THIS IS COMING FROM THE MAN WHO SAID THERE WAS A HITT ON HIS IDIOTIC ASS BACK IN 2011 WHICH NEVER MATERIALIZED. EVEN IF IT IS IN THE BOOKS THAT THEIR MONIES SHOULD BE WITHHELD I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM COME AND DO IT OR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY. HE ALWAYS SAYS HE HAS THE BALLS TO DO THINGS WELL I'M PUTTING THIS TO HIM SINCE IT'S ON OUR BOOKS COME MR. FRANCIS PLEASE COME AND DO IT.

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  2. A political fool. I don't know why he is allowed a platform to spread political propaganda. He cannot be objective, why are people even listening to this fool. I do trust lucians can see right through his red self.

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  3. Alot of ppl saying don't pay firemen for da 11 days they didn't wuk.but do u know dat firemen work more than da stipulated hours DAT one shud wuk on a monthly basis..and da lil allowance given to dem for dat isn't enuff to cover da hours wuked..do u guys know dat.so the govt is always in debt to them..so why not pay dem?wat if u don't pay them and they decide dat they want wat is owed to them for all da yrs they have wuked?wat happens then guys?tink bout it before yall make y'all comments.tink bout da huuuggggee loan da govt wud have to take to pay them against da lil it will take to pay them for the 11 days.

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  4. By 2016, if we ever get smarter than this, will have gotten rid of some of the political clowns in office today that makes this man and this statement possible and realizable.

    We really need coalition government to get rid of the dictatorship of future prime ministers -- constitutionally and otherwise.

    If we had this, we would not have this one in office that habitually loses millions upon millions of dollars at nearly twice the rate of the previous stupid financial error.

    In full public view we have had, $46 million lost to Roachasmell, $86 million as the value of the lost Black Bay lands plus another $86 million plus if we have to do the buy back at Fair Market Value, after the default, and $500 million for the potential penalty on the constitutionally illegal Grynberg deal.

    Now we have an ecological problem with tyres that could have been sold to TNT making worse

    our mosquito-borne problem. We could have more simply retrofitted the main electricity generating plant to accept SEVERAL different types of fuel inputs to convert into electricity. Every day we are witnesses to penny wise (e.g., 5% wage cut) pound foolish (millions going down the "financial black-hole") by a strange brand but financially clueless government.

    What a litany of SLP financial blunders this has turned out to be, passing for a government!

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  5. Well the next time your collegues go on strike, you stay on the job and then it will be alright in the morning. Claudius is a smart guy doing a dirty job. Everybody knows that the fire officers who did not go on strike had their particular axe to grind. This is the nature of yard fowl politics being played out in an uncivilized country. Where else would there be a strike and you still have people who are loyal to a political party and are less concerned about their rights?

    We do not need new politicians we need new citizens. A citizenry that will care more about their rights and the rights of their neighbour than the welfare of a few big belly guys running a corrupt organistion for their own benefit. Fools wise up.

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  6. Soo but they thought for the rights of everyone they are the reason the decision to so long wat ever we must get paid choooops tan !!!!!

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    • I agree with him too.....cause we have a higly paid individual with a pretigious job make a shit out of it, do nothing for the country, fail his bar soooooo many times, doing nothing with his time but spread propaganda on the radio (cause he can't open a lawer office), and still getting paid!!!! Claudius should be the first to have his salary revoked

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  7. the man is 100% correct,in a democracy,you have the right to withdraw your labour,but you will not be paid for the days you refused to work,simple as that,no country in the western world would accommodate you,otherwise it would be open to abuse.

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