CSA unhappy with planned SLTB terminations

The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has said that it is unhappy with the planned termination of 28 staff members of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB).

The SLTB is transitioning to a Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.

CSA General Secretary, Wilfred Pierre, told a news conference this morning that the union has sought the intervention of the Labour Commissioner in the matter of the impending SLTB staff terminations.

Tracing events dating back to last month, Pierre explained that CSA members at the SLTB had informed the union in November of the intended transition to a Tourism Authority and the effect of such a move on them.

He explained that the CSA wrote a letter to the Tourist Board on November 9, 2016, outlining the union’s concerns.

The CSA General Secretary said the SLTB responded on November 11, 2016.

“All they did was they noted our letter – they noted what we had indicated in the letter,” Pierre said.

He told the news conference that the union heard nothing afterwards and tried its best to arrange a meeting with the Chairperson of the STLB – without success.

“We had an indication that the members would have suffered because of the transitioning,” Pierre stated.

He said the CSA received a letter from the SLTB on December 6, 2016, indicating terminations at the body.

“We were not happy about that situation because we would have expected dialogue to take place since it is a serious matter when you have people being terminated, especially in this current environment,” the CSA General Secretary asserted.

He said the union wrote to the SLTB on December 12, 2016, indicating the union’s concerns.

According to Pierre, the letter was a very strong one, indicating that the CSA would meet with the Labour Department to arrange dialogue between the two parties.

He revealed that the Labour Commissioner indicated that he would try to have a meeting today.

Pierre said when persons are terminated, the labour code indicates that every effort should be made to see whether the situation can be reserved and employee losses can be mitigated.

He noted that it must be ensured that employee benefits are obtained.

“The members are agitated because their income will be lost during the festive season; they have commitments – so we are taking that matter very, very seriously,” Pierre declared.

CSA President, Yvonne Edwin, expressed the hope that the SLTB staff being targeted for termination could be absorbed.

“We still feel there is room for dialogue,” Edwin said.



  1. Anonymous
    December 15, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Aa…..but Mary was suppose to give the CSA more teeth! What happened?

  2. Sandra G
    December 15, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Whats going on in this country..

  3. Cyril Peter
    December 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    When will St.Lucians demand that a law be enacted to prevent the revengeful termination of its citizens after they exercise their Constitutional rights in supporting the political party of their choise. When will you people realise that Politics is the worst demoralising and degrading vehicle ever created that should be rejected esspecially when it used as a discriminating tool by your ignorant politicians.

  4. Anonymous
    December 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Every body going to complain now. Now everyone have bills to pay. Now the vestive season is coming for everyone. When things was booming at the tourist board no one complain. But because the new government changing things around. Suffleing the new deck of cards .now All bills have to be paid.
    The unproductive people are the ones who’s going to make the most noise. Trust me. It’s just like the vendors in the arcade when ever to pay any bills.. even what they ohing the City Council for rent .they never making money things bad things hard the tourist not buying but check when they go out what they wear. Some of Saint Lucian people are just what they are.

  5. Anonymous
    December 16, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Pierre I know you are force to make a statement of the facts . the executive do not want you cause they think you not labour like them …so my bro just resign and let them labour run the CSA ..you have had enough.. I here they trying to frustrate you