Saturday, August 13, 2022

CSA Concerned About Public Service Workplace Safety Amid COVID-19 Spread

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The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) is concerned about the current spread of COVID-19 in the country and is urging its members to take protective measures.

CSA President Cyprian Montrope issued the following message Tuesday to members of the trade union group:

Let me extend best wishes to all of you and your families for the year 2021 on behalf of the newly elected CSA Executive Council and the staff of the Secretariat. May God bless and protect all of you, as we traverse through these troubling times with Covid-19.

I urge everyone to keep safe and follow the advice of the professionals in the medical field and do what is necessary to protect yourselves and your families.

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We have seen a continuous increase in the spread of Covid-19 throughout the length and breadth of our Island with no end in sight.

We have also seen a number of COVID related deaths being reported. This situation, if not brought under control quickly, will have wide ranging negative effects on our lives and country.

In light of the rapid increase in the number of positive cases and the possibility of further death, we as CSA members must play our part in containing and reducing the spread and bringing the situation under control. 

The CSA Secretariat has been made aware of infected cases within some work places in the Public Service, Statutory Boards and other areas which we represent.

  In some instances, workers have not been provided with all required personal and protective equipment (PPE) required to reduce the exposure to the hazards; some workers are being asked to work every work day despite the obvious risk to their health and safety.

Situations such as these cannot be allowed to continue without the required attention and action being taken by various employers and those in authority.

The CSA reiterates that our country cannot thrive without its people and calls on the Government and other employers to give priority to preserving the lives of our workers, their families, friends and neighbours.

As a responsible trade union, we will continue to pay close attention to the developments over the next few days and will provide guidance to our members as we deem necessary to ensure that the health and safety in the work place is not further compromised. 

Once again, I call on our members to act responsibly, strictly observe the protocols and do what is necessary to preserve your lives, the lives of other workers and all the citizens of this country.

May God continue to guide our actions and protect us always.

Headline photo caption: Cyprian Montrope – President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association

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