Customs Officers are ‘dead set’ against the proposed new Border Control Agency and voiced their opposition to the idea at a meeting Tuesday afternoon, a reliable source told St Lucia Times.
An estimated close to one hundred Customs Officers attended the meeting at the headquarters of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), according to reports.
“The officers were determined to oppose the agency,” one of the persons who was in attendance at the gathering explained.
The attendee told St Lucia Times that the main concern of those in attendance related to job security.
According to the source, the Customs Officers are unsure of whether a statutory body will be created, asserting that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s public denial does not harmonise with a cabinet conclusion on the subject.
Published media reports this week indicated that Cabinet conclusion No 247 of 2018 on April 16, 2018, approved the establishment of the Saint Lucia Border Management Authority as a Statutory Corporation.
“We are confused,” the St Lucia Times source declared.
Prime Minister Chastanet has said that the goal of the proposed new Border Control Agency is to strengthen this country’s borders.
He disclosed that as a result, there will be the integration of immigration, customs, quarantine and the Marine Police to create the new body.
The PM met last week with representatives of the CSA to discuss concerns over the proposed new agency, after a letter from CSA General Secretary, Claude Paul, requesting a meeting.