Civil Servants Must Not Go on Strike
The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture, notes that the Civil Service Association has rejected the last offer of the GNT and that the Civil Service Association intends to take strike action effective Monday the 18th of March, 2013. The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture, categorically condemns this decision and does not support this action. As before, the Chamber strongly believes that the parties must work to resolve this impasse.
The Chamber has noted that all other members of the TUF have arrived at an agreement with the Government and we applaud the negotiators on this success. We are confident that the CSA and the GNT can conclude an agreement as well and we encourage the use of the Arbitration process as part of the continued negotiations. Neither strike action nor the backtracking on offers previously on the table are helpful in arriving at a conclusion.
The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the entire private sector of St. Lucia wishes to remind the CSA that St. Lucia, like many countries globally, faces difficult and unprecedented economic challenges which call for reasonableness and responsibility at this time. The economy cannot afford the impact of industrial action, nor should we subject the citizens and the economy to such action.
Since the CSA believes that an impasse has been arrived at, the logical next step is to go to Arbitration. It is unacceptable for a small group to hold the entire country hostage to achieve their narrow interests. The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture urges to CSA to do the responsible thing and call off the strike and return to the negotiating table.
Our Country is in a precarious position and needs men and women of goodwill to step forward and put Country before self, especially in this most sensitive matter. Once again the Chamber places its good office at the disposal of the parties to bring this matter to a peaceful and amicable conclusion.
—Brian Louisy, executive director of Chamber of Commerce