The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has called on its members to be ready for action if necessary as the trade union faces challenges in the New Year.
“”Members should not lose hope but must stay focused and ready to respond to calls for action if and when it becomes necessary,” the President of the organisation, Cyprian Montrope, declared in a New Year’s message.
He asserted that the CSA has regained its rightful place as the biggest and best Union in the island.
According to Montrope, the CSA’s membership has grown steadily over the last two years, due to renewed confidence in the organization and the perceived threat of job losses given the current socio-economic climate.
But he observed that in recent times, there have been attacks on the union and its officers on many different fronts.
Nevertheless, the CSA President made it clear that the trade union will not be discouraged and will continue to represent the interests of its membership in the various branches and workplaces in Saint Lucia.
Montrope noted that during the last year, the CSA had its fair share of challenges, and the coming year is expected to be even more challenging.
He recalled that last year, the CSA was able to settle at least seven collective Agreements and is in the process of negotiating several others, including the one with the Government of Saint Lucia, which is due to expire in March 2019.
“We remain committed to the Trade Union Federation (TUF) and will continue to work collectively and collaboratively with the remaining affiliates in our quest to arrive at an amicable settlement,” Montrope stated.
He observed that the trade union’s issues with LUCELEC remain on the front burner and the CSA will continue to pursue all available legal options to secure what is ‘just and right’ for its members.
“We cherish our track record of operating as a democratic and transparent union that places the interest of the membership at the forefront of our activities. We look forward to securing a better deal for members in 2019 and will continue steadfastly in our pursuit of social justice and in securing a safe, healthy and productive working environment for all workers in this country,” the CSA President said in his New Year’s message.