The General Secretary of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Claude Paul, has said that several members of the Island’s largest trade union have expressed concern that their pensions may be at risk.
“We have received a number of calls from our members,” Paul disclosed.
His comments come against the backdrop of a controversy over a request by the Government of Saint Lucia to the National Insurance Corporation (NIC), for a $100 million bridging finance facility.
“Our concern here is with the NIC board, to ensure that they exercise the necessary due diligence to make sure that things are in order and that they are not taking unnecessary risks with the pension fund and the benefits of our members,” the CSA General Secretary explained.
Paul, in an interview Friday, declared that the CSA would not be drawn into a discussion of government policy.
“Where it is possible for us to comment on matters affecting workers, we will do that. We don’t necessarily get involved in the politics of the state,” he explained.
According to Paul, the main concern of the CSA relates to matters impacting its members and workers.
He observed that the CSA will remain vigilant and urge its members to keep on the watch to ensure that their rights are protected.
This week, the NIC issued a statement expressing concern about public misinformation regarding the bridging finance request from the government.
“ We would like to assure all stakeholders, including contributors, pensioners, employees, and other service providers, that we would not take any decision that would either impair the Corporation’s ability to discharge its obligations in the normal course of business, or adversely impact the long-term viability of the Corporation,” a statement from the NIC said.