Ministry staff down tools over mold infestation

Staff of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Development were of the job today, after being instructed by the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) to leave their posts.

Asserting that sick employees cannot be productive, the Acting General Secretary of the CSA, Mac Stephen Aubertin, told reporters that the workers took the action as a result of mold infestation at the workplace.

Aubertin disclosed that on Friday he received a report of an assessment that was conducted by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on floors one and three of the building housing the ministry.

He revealed that the CSA, on the basis of the report, wrote to the Permanent Secretary requesting a meeting to discuss the document.

The CSA official stated that he was not sure whether the letter had been received.

He recalled having been summoned by the ministry employees who this morning said that they had discovered scratches on the walls of their workplace.

“I called the P.S in Public Service who informed me that an expert had gone in at weekend to do remedial work,” Aubertin said.

He noted that it was explained that the scratches were an indication that the walls had been treated and would take 24 hours to repaint.

While asserting that the ministry has started work on the mold infestation, the CSA Acting General Secretary expressed the view that there was a problem of communication.

He noted that the CARPHA report had cited “massive” mold infestation in the building.

Aubertin declared that since the particular type of mold can cause illness, the ministry should have summoned its employees to update them.

“Nobody told us anything so we instructed our members who are directly exposed to remove themselves from this hazardous environment,” Aubertin observed, adding that the CSA has the authority to do so under this country’s labour laws.

He said that the CSA is seeking a meeting with CARPHA and the Ministries of Planning and Public Service to discuss the problem.

Aubertin told reporters that he expected the problem could be rectified by the end of the week.


  1. concern
    August 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Yes Lord help me, it is three months since this government is in power and you expect them to fix molds infestation already? Is it in three months that the mold infestation came into this building. Where were you and the past government when the mold came about. You party hack Lord help me. SLP government was there and you never ask the workers to put down their tools. Hypocrite as you are.

    1. Boujon Guiyave
      August 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Remember the UWP match over the price of fuel during the SLP administration? All you hacks never minded he was lying to you all at the time. It was explained that over time you paid no more than you would otherwise pay for fuel. You all still came out in droves. Today the shoe is on the other foot you want to scream. Well that’s happen when we allow our heart to rule our head. Politicians don’t do that. They think with their mind. So should you!

    2. Anonymous
      August 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      I am really tempted to respond to you Sir/Madam but I do not honour persons who hide behind pseudonyms with my time.Have a coulour-free night.

  2. Anonymous
    August 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Let them barks,that’s all they can do nothing more

  3. Anonymous
    August 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    ZAP if was labour in power would u have done the same? Instruct the workers to leave… knowing you are a strong LABOUR BOY

  4. Anonymous
    August 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm


  5. john
    August 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    AA AA zap you still working at CSA? But all these years I NEVER hear you. You just wake up zap?

  6. Sad-But-True
    August 22, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Lol…They should ask their White Slave Master to donate some of their business earnings or Lavish (doing Nothing) Trips monies (all sponsored by the State,) to take care of it.
    Lol, after-all, they were the ones swinging like Apes and Monkeys at the Windows of their Convoy Inferior UWP. Lol

  7. Sad-But-True
    August 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Convoy Inferior UWP RALLIES

  8. Anonymous
    August 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Wow..zap just acting cause Mr Pierre on sick leave he so aggressive. This new executive is on an a mission to fire Pierre because he not labour. They kept him out of meeting they make decisions without his put..they even want to get rid of him… Mr Pierre as an economist did a lot for CSA
    .. Its programs he developed has help so many members all his students did very well in CXC

    Mr Pierre please leave CSA to these people you much more important than any of these executive that have done nothing of success in their life thus far..I hear you getting on the public service commission soon … Well if they bite you I hope you bite them

  9. Anonymous
    August 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Why don’t you get you facts straight before you open your mouth.And by the way why are you hiding behind a pseudonym?

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