Discussions between the Civil Service Association (CSA) and the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) are “moving smoothly” but could take more than two weeks, CSA President Mary Isaac has said.
The two parties met for the first time last Tuesday to commence talks about wage negotiations and better working conditions for its members.
Isaac told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today, September 1 that the discussions so far have been good-natured and is likely to continue sometime later this week.
“Both parties have some things we have to work on, so most likely we (CSA) should receive a call soon to meet again,” Isaac explained.
The CSA president reiterated that two weeks is not enough and said discussions are likely to take longer. This, she believes, will help for better discussion at each level of negotiation and in the end, both parties can leave the discussions with something.
“I am very confident this time around; we are negotiating as just CSA. We hope we will have very fruitful discussions and the results are most likely going to be very positive and in keeping with our economic situation right now. We can arrive at a good compromise,” Isaac said.
The CSA has already publicly rejected the government’s five per cent wage cut and remains firm on its position.