The President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Yvonne Edwin, has said that the union, although hearing talk about it, has received nothing official regarding salary cuts for civil servants.
“We have heard and members have been indicating individually that they are aware of these talks, because they are merely speculation,” Edwin stated.
She explained that like everyone else, the CSA is awaiting the budget presentation.
“At the soonest, once the budget is presented and these are the strategies that will be used – I mean this is something that we have heard from previous governments, this is something that especially when the budget is about to be delivered , there is always these speculations that play themselves out,” Edwin said.
“We will await an announcement through the budget and then we can meet with our members so that we could indicate a clear mandate as to how we move forward,” the CSA official told reporters.
She asserted that every government would have a different policy direction.
“Because we may not always agree with what a government may propose, it is something that you have to be open to dialogue and ensure that whatever it is, none of our members will be disadvantaged,” Edwin said.
She observed that the CSA will take its mandate from its members based on what they deem is best for them.
“The union will continue to monitor, keep our ears to the ground as to what is happening, but of course we can only give out official releases based on official correspondence,” the union President stated.