The new President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Cyprian Montrope, while expressing the hope that members of the trade union would begin to recognise that they have a constitutional right to associate with any political party of their choosing, has nevertheless stated that on the job, they are not working for a political party.
“They are working for the same employer who employs persons with all different political affiliations and the problems that would emerge in the work place are not a political party issue, they are workers’ issues,” the trade union official explained.
Montrope made the remarks while responding to assertions that the CSA has become a political ‘football’.
“The question of whether the union remains a political football will always be there,” Montrope declared.
But he explained that for him as CSA President, every member of the trade union matters.
“I don’t see red, I don’t see yellow, I don’t see purple – all I see is the grievance and the matter in front of me and that is what I would address,” Montrope stated.
“For me, moving forward is only to deal with the issue. Criticisms I know will continue and I am prepared to accept those criticisms. As long as what I am doing is in the best interests of workers, I will pursue it.”
The new CSA President disclosed that his first priority is education.
“I believe my organisation has been hurting without education for some time, that’s why our members are so disjointed.”
He explained that education would run in parallel with industrial relations.
Montrope and a new CSA executive were elected on Wednesday 25th April, 2018.