Strike action still on the cards for Fire Service Association

Strike action still on the cards for Fire Service Association

President of the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA) Shane Felix has said that his colleagues are not ruling out a strike, especially since they consider government to be dragging its feet on addressing the SLFSA’s concerns on recommendations coming out of the 2013 Commission of Inquiry (COI).

Felix told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) during an interview today, May 7, that the SLFSA has written the Public Service Commission (PSC) twice on the issue and has not received any concrete response since.

He told SNO that the matter is one of major concern and must be addressed forthwith. Felix reiterated that the discovery made during the COI points to evidence that senior ranks within the fire service were involved in criminal behavior and should therefore be sanctioned.

The SLFSA president related that attempts were made by the association to meet with government officials, but to no avail. However, at present, Felix said that the SLSFA with continue to contact the PSC, which is the responsible agency that could implement sanctions on the officers for their wrongdoings.

The SLSFA head expressed concern over the delay in addressing these issues and said that the slow response speaks to how important or not important these issues are to the PSC and the government at large. Felix alleges that the SLFSA has fallen on deaf ears and despite doubts that they will not go through with taking strike action this is not true.

He however stated that the association is monitoring the situation and will exhaust all means possible before they move towards taking strike action. Members he explained will do whatever it takes to have their grievances addressed.

The COI report into the conduct and management of the Fire Service and senior fire service personnel concluded that the complaints voiced by the SLFSA are well founded.

It also recommended that the government take immediate action to remedy the situation. The commission’s findings against senior officers include, among other things sexual harassment of a female staff member, discrimination and unfair treatment of fire personnel, as it relates to appointment, promotions, insensitivity towards female fire officers who may be pregnant and publicly humiliating fire officers.

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  1. It cannot be the Unions to destroy the country. Fool. The Government employs people. If the Public officers salary are cut could you with you brian the size of a pea emagin the trickle down effect on the economy? How could an economy grow if there is no money to spend. Very soon the Public officers will not be needing much groceries, yard boys, float & tea, fruits & coconuts by the market. The country then won't be needing the people who supply these comodities. Then the banks would now be demanding their moneys from investors in those businesses and the pulic servant who come up short. Then our banks would increase interest rates with less business. Workers would hve to be sent home. Fools analyse before you speak or you wold just be another JA singing for his supper that is if any supper is left.

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  2. The commission of enquiry into the Fire Service revealed undeniable wrong doing on the part of the Chief Fire officer and at least 1 of his senior officers.
    The evidence presented in the enquiry was overwhelming. Frankly, I don't know what the authorities are waiting for. They caught the perpetrators with their pants down. The report went as far as the commission stating to the Chief Fire Officer that "Satan cannot correct sin".
    I don't know if they waiting for these officers to shoot someone before they realize that these guys must be fired.
    I urge everyone to read these report to see the mess that the Fire Department is drowning in.

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  3. The working class in Saint Lucia has been reduced to Dogs. We have no rights, not even our concerns are being addressed. I wonder what struggling St Lucians have done to deserve Kenny

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  4. By the time these get to a fire there is nothing left anyway. These politicians should stop playing games. They did not have money for the pay increase in the first place. The civil service should be happy that job cuts are not being talked about. These unions are getting out of hand. Police welfare infighting....

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  5. Firemen nothing but HOT air. Who do they want to address their greviances La Corbiniere? Think again. They would be better off taking to the streets especially in the dry season and with a 5% pay cut looming. RIDICULUS!!!!

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  6. Hello there its time for this matter to be address.If it was junior members found wanting they all would have been sanctioned.Why waste money we dont have on commissions if we will not implement recommendations?I think the fire officers have been extremely patience.Why must we be at risk if a strike is called just to protect a few who violated the law as was found.The psc must act now,No ifs no buts.

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