The Trade Union Federation (TUF) has agreed to accept a wage freeze for the period April 2013 to March 2016 following negotiations for the triennium 2013-2016.
The TUF has described the wage freeze offer as “a huge contribution” to national development. It said in a statement it hopes that others will follow their footsteps, in making a sacrifice for country.
TUF President, Julian Monrose said, “The Federation conveyed to government its understanding of the current economic situation facing the country, and was ready to assist by making certain sacrifices towards alleviation of the situation.”
Government had proposed a wage cut for public servants. This has caused some problem during the initial stages of negotiations with several trade unions and associations refusing to accept a wage cut.
The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) is currently in discussion with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT).
Government had proposed five per cent pay cut for public sector workers aimed at reducing the country’s EC$76 million fiscal deficit.