The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Castries Constituency Council (CCC), asserting that he has been in the trade union movement long before the General Secretary of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Claude Paul, has criticised what was described as Paul’s ‘attack dog approach’ in recent remarks about the CCC.
Paul was critical last week of the CCC over late-payment of CCC monthly paid workers.
CCC CEO, Wilfred Pierre, told a news conference Tuesday that he was surprised and taken aback by Paul’s attack dog approach.
“I am not saying that ‘Popie’ is a dog you know,” Pierre made clear.
“The attack dog approach that Mr. Claude Paul is actually using – I mean,when you are dealing with trade unions and employees and employers, you have to assess the situation first. You have to ask yourself ‘Well, is there a situation – especially as it relates to lateness of pay’,” the CEO told reporters.
“Is that a common situation? Does the organisation bend backwards to assist their members? Do they give for example, loans or advances? You take all of that into consideration before you make a decision,” Pierre asserted.
He declared that the CSA General Secretary has an attack dog approach that he uses in every situation.
According to Pierre, Claude ‘Popie’ Paul needs to understand that there are very different types of management.
He explained that one of the styles used by most trade unions is the contingency style where each situation is examined, assessed and then approached differently.
“So you have a situation here where two years – I used to be the General Secretary before ‘Popie’ you know, representing these same members that he talks about. We never had that issue as it relates to pay – lateness of pay.”
Pierre disclosed that he has a list of advances that persons have asked for.
“We don’t necessarily have to be giving staff advances. Every day you get situations that staff have – somebody is sick, they need an advance. We do it. There is never a time when we don’t do it. So for ‘Popie’ now to use a situation where I explained to him you know ‘Yes we have a situation, we don’t have a specific day of paying like government where you have a legitimate expectation because government says you pay on the 25th of the month.'”
Pierre said he explained to the CSA General Secretary that there was need to set the pay day and Paul agreed.
“But the next day he comes back again and accusing the CCC of a lot things – that we cannot pay; he knows that we approached a financial institution; they’re not going to give us the money and a whole set of lies,” an obviously incensed CEO told reporters.
He asserted that Claude Paul is not in a position to tell the CCC how to run its business.
According to Pierre, who is a trustee of the CSA, the CSA General Secretary is becoming very reckless.
He made the accusation in relation to statements made by Paul about the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC), statements which Pierre declared were in contravention of section 392 dealing with matters that are before a tribunal.