Former President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Yvonne Edwin, has asserted that a semblance of normalcy has been brought to the Island’s largest trade union group.
Edwin made the comments when invited to speak on the successes of her tenure in office.
“We were able to bring a semblance of normalcy to CSA – CSA was in the media, in the forefront, a lot of back and forth between the membership. Obviously the perception of CSA by members – each hold their own personal views. But we feel as an executive we were able to bring some semblance of normalcy,” Edwin told St Lucia Times.
She spoke as members of the trade union met for its conference of delegates Wednesday, during which the new executive of the organization was officially installed.
Edwin explained that the outgoing executive would present its plans and vision to the incoming one.
“Hopefully they will be able to incorporate it into their new plans moving forward,” she said.
“An organization requires continuity. It should never be about what I can do or what you can do, but what the members want.”
Edwin said one of the setbacks for her outgoing executive was the commitment and participation of members.
“A lot of members are of the view that the executive or the president moves the organization, but this is one of the fundamental errors that members make, because if you do not come out to meetings and if you do not involved in the organization, then maybe your queries and concerns cannot see the plans of an executive,” the outgoing CSA President stated.
She encouraged members of the trade union to make membership worthwhile by coming out, participating and being committed.
“That’s the only way CSA can move forward and become even better,” Edwin declared.