RSL staff concerned about June salaries

RSL staff concerned about June salaries

Radio Saint Lucia (RSL) staff are concerned about the non-payment so far of salaries for the month of June, the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has said.

CSA representatives  including General Secretary, Claude Paul, met with some fifteen RSL staff  members Thursday to discuss their concerns.

He disclosed that at a recent meeting with Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Dominic Fedee, the minister suggested that the state-owned radio station would continue to survive for the next four to five months.

However the CSA official told the Times that  Fedee gave no specifics in regard to what is going to happen to the station.

Paul disclosed that members of the RSL staff are very concerned about the uncertainty over their future.

He explained that there was no telephone service at the station and advertising revenues have been dwindling.

“This could be linked to the fact that the government made an announcement to the nation through the budgetary process that the Radio Saint Lucia would be closed,” Paul stated,while acknowledging that the station has been experiencing difficulty for some time.

But he expressed the view that the announcement of the planned closure had made matters worse.

He asserted that clients of the station have lost confidence in RSL.

“You have a station with dwindling revenue, no salaries and no visible support from government and the staff are in a state of great doubt and uncertainty,” Paul told the Times.

“Imagine persons with their commitments to meet  – not even sure when they will be able to pay their bank loans,  their insurance and things of that nature,” the CSA General Secretary explained.

He said the government needs to become more ‘assertive’ in its decision making and present a position which ensures that staff are properly cared for, either by being relocated somewhere else where their skills can be used, or being paid their terminal benefits in full.

“If the government feels it cannot continue to run the station that is the government’s decision, but there are workers to be considered and people are concerned about their future,” Paul noted.

He recalled that after the announcement of the planned closure of RSL,  the CSA had written to the Minister with responsibility for Information and Broadcasting in late May regarding the future of  the station.

Paul said there was was no reply.

He said instead a public statement was made indicating that the minister would meet with the CSA.

“We have not had the benefit of that meeting to date,”Paul said.

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16 Comments

  1. A voter
    July 8, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Chastanet is a wonderful white man and prime minister.

    1. Anonymous
      July 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

      Your point…..?????!!!

  2. francine
    July 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Chastanet is a mulattoan A…..!!! That’s really what he is. This stranger in the house is destroying our country at his father’s behest.

    1. Anonymous
      July 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm Reply

      Would you like your tax dollars just lining the pockets of RSL employees. Have you ever been inside there?

  3. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Chastanet wasn’t fitted enough to become prime minister.We seen where the speaker of the house couldn’t envisaged Chastanet budgeting plans for the country.This man wasn’t from a grass roots perception to run the country.There is a mess in the way he does things.Things will start to get worst and worst in the country.Radio St.Lucia was the best in the country.They were giving every recording artist a chance to aired their music.For example radio announcers such as Garfield,Tony Paul were very good.Not like some of thee other radio stations who doesn’t get back to you on musical procedures.Like i have always said.We have a culture of fighting other people down.On those prospects of wealth and achievements.I am Mr.Australia MadConrad from my own people who saw me as a mad man.My music are doing very well on Australian Radio than the St.lucian Caribbean Radio Stations per say.Why?Because of fight down.I have eventually cancelled my registration with ECCO.That hasn’t brought me any financial success over five years membership.All our university degrees are going to waste.Can’t managed nor run our country with success up to now.Great thanks to Radio St.Lucia for playing my music.You are surely missed.Original Mr.Australia MadConrad.From the negative to positive. Forward ever backward never!!!

  4. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm Reply

    We thought Chastanet would be able to run the better than anyone else but,he doesn’t have those quality skills.Radio St.Lucia has given me pride as an Artist.Better than thee other Radio Stations who doesn’t get back to you on issues relating to music.Except persons Russell Lake,Dr.feel good,Tony Paul,Michael Gaspard.These other Radio Stations are terrible.When we are talking about making a contribution to society.We should embrace and respond to other people via their emails.Radio St.Lucia is shut but they were a lot more promising to our local music environment.Stopped the fight down within our soul before we can prevent crime.These forefathers we like to relate to in the past.May have taught us how to fight down each other wealth and success.That is why we are unable to run the country effectively.When i see all those Caribbean flags together.I see those flags as fight down Caribbean flags.

  5. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Me ..le..pouyie..say. .sa..hot..tay..vlay.nome ..bla.

  6. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 9:42 pm Reply

    Me ..le..pouyie..say. .sa..hot..tay..vlay.nome blache

  7. Patriotic
    July 9, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    Tried calling Radio St. Lucia (RSL) at 4523959 and a got a response “This telephone number is temporarily out of service.”
    Now the staff at RSL have been disconnected from their salaries.
    Chas pulling the plug on all quasi-Government agencies that have the word St. Lucia in front or behind it e.g. St. Lucia National Trust, Radio St. Lucia, St. Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation, St. Lucia Marketing Board, St. Lucia Jazz (Festival) etc. Which entity is next?

    1. I say so
      July 10, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply

      YOU

  8. Dollar & sense
    July 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Let’s stop playing politics. Take a look at sears/ Kmart they closing stores like crazy. Why because its not making dollar sense to keep then open. Expenses for radio st lucia is way higher than revenue. Basic sense they not just breaking even they are running at a huge lost for many years. Tell me how many of the person who are saying that this I’d not right advertise with RSL.

  9. John Williams
    July 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm Reply

    Every government institution is not established for a profit. I am not sure where some people got that notion. What stupidity!

    1. Anonymous
      July 10, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply

      They are taking their cue from the Prime Minister who insists that Government should be run as a business, with “Ching Ching” at the bottom line. So do not blame commentators if they allude to this notion. Pass on your words of advice to the Prime Minister, who also happens to be the Minister for Finance and Economic Growth. But let me say, in closing, that you are ABSOLUTELY correct in your assertion. Well said.

    2. Anonymous
      July 10, 2017 at 10:24 am Reply

      They got this notion from the Prime Minister who continues to treat Government as a business, with “for profit” being the ultimate consideration. Your comment is a valid one, but please direct it at the PM, who is also the Minister for Finance and Economic Growth. But, once again, you lake a valid point, even though you have misdirected it.

  10. Anonymous
    July 9, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Only now they can’t pay salaries.
    PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    Long before UWP was on power , there were issues with payments.
    This is nothing new.

    The place was not making money. And RSL knows that.

    1. I say so
      July 10, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply

      Well said…Because for many years they couldn’t be bother about increasing revenue because they knew salaries would be paid no matter what. Now they worried???

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