UWP commends CSA for their sacrifice

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UWP commends CSA for their sacrifice

The United Workers Party (UWP) has noted with intrigue, developments surrounding protracted salary negotiations between the government of Saint Lucia and public sector workers.

The UWP has monitored the entire process and is mindful of the challenges faced by both parties at the negotiating table, with recognition of the need for each side to exhibit the key elements of sensitivity, flexibility and to be realistic in both their demands and expectations.

Having recently conducted negotiations during its last term in office, the UWP is fully aware of the rigors of salary negotiations as it too had to exercise balanced judgment by safeguarding the fiscal stability of Saint Lucia while at the same time granting a 14 percent salary increase to the hard-working public servants of the country, which helped offset increases in the cost of living.

It is clear that the likelihood for bringing resolution to the ongoing impasse involving the CSA and the government of Saint Lucia was to a large extent encumbered by the inflexible stance of the current prime minister, which left very little room for negotiations.

The CSA was therefore placed in the position of having to relate to the dictates of the prime minister and his government and the divisive tactics which were employed.

Notwithstanding the obvious negative impact of the strike and the prevailing harsh economic conditions, Saint Lucians have been anxious for overall resolution and a return to normalcy. The current stalemate therefore demanded sacrifices on the part both the CSA and government in the interest of stability and the national good.

With this in mind, the United Workers Party registers its commendation to the Civil Service Association for the decision taken during a general meeting of the organization held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to offer a wage freeze to the government for the 2010 to 2013 triennium. Through this decision the CSA has demonstrated leadership and commitment in putting country first.

The United Workers Party therefore calls on Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, to follow the lead of the Civil Service Association by demonstrating its commitment to a number of sacrifices and cut-backs as they relate to the operations of government.

In this regard, the United Workers Party challenges the Kenny Anthony Administration to demonstrate some measure of leadership by outlining to St Lucians a number of “belt-tightening” measures which it is prepared to undergo during these difficult economic times.

Additionally and of significant note, is the need for the current SLP Administration to clearly articulate a plan for economic recovery, which of necessity, must include sacrifices and cut-backs led by the Government.

The upcoming 2013/2014 Budget presentation provides the appropriate forum and perfect opportunity for Prime Minister, Dr. Anthony to demonstrate to our nation that his administration is prepared to be a leader and active partner in this period of economic adjustment. The St Lucia Civil Service Association has already taken the lead in this regard. It is therefore now left to the prime minister and his cabinet of ministers to follow suit.

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  1. We do not need Politician's approval. What we did, we did without your support!!!! Go AWAY POLITICIANS!!!!

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  2. They demonstrated leadership? And put country first? Where was the evidene of this on the day they decided to march around town on "strike" regardless of the fact that there was already an agreement to sit at the negotiation table again a few days later, making the parade UNNECESSARY?! Where were these qualities when dozens of CSA members did not report to work and basically held the country hostage because THEIR needs were apparently not satisfied? These people are by no means selfless and are only slyly trying to make it APPEAR as IF they care so much about darling st.lucia that they are willing to forfeit their personal gain. LIES. We saw how it all played out...

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  3. Isn't that the same UWP that was pushing the Unions to demand their "rights"? What happen to this suddenly turn around in praise of "sacrifice"?
    The UWP knew they had it wrong when they tried to force the hand of the government. Their lastest stand almost looks comical? Ala comical Ali!!!!

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    • so SLP didn't urge the unions to strike when UWP was in power.....poli-tricks will always have that. don't get caught up in it. people always like it one way but not the next. smh

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    • Wendy clearly is talking about the SLP in 2009. Asking the workers to demand their right to be paid. The evidence is there on You Tube. Go check it out! Who was really trying to force the Govt's hand. Let's not pretend this the 1st time, Opposition parties will always sympathize with Unions when out of power. The present Govt is a classical example! I didn't see King or Spider by the Market cheering on the strikers this time around. Stark difference!

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  4. well said lets what happens now. will they take their 33% increase or cut their very own salaries lets go leaders play your part

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    • The United Workers Party past administration is held responsible for everything that has happened. What you all think it is a plus for your party. You deliberately gave the 14%, when you knew very well that there would have been pain along the way, so shut the hell up.

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