The General Secretary of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Claude Paul, has disclosed that the trade union has received a number of queries from members, mostly belonging to the Customs Department, about the proposed new Border Control Agency.
Paul explained that the CSA is a worker representative body and if workers have concerns, it is duty bound to listen to those concerns.
He spoke ahead of a meeting with concerned members Tuesday.
“It appears that the workers have these concerns and they have called upon us to meet with them to dialogue so that at least we can engage with government to get the information and the clarity that they require,” the CSA official stated.
He disclosed that the concerns relate to job security.
“You see, the issue is one of trust and credibility,” Paul observed.
“In the past the same government would have said that no jobs would be lost, but we saw what happened with Radio Saint Lucia; before that – the tourist board, and there are other entities that have been targetted where we have members, for example the Marketing Board, the Printery, the Post Office.”
Paul asserted that there is an air of uncertainty and concern.
He said when people are told that they may have to reapply for their jobs, there will be concerns.
In February this year, Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet said that no one will be fired when the new border control body is created.
Last year Chastanet had announced plans for the creation of the Border Control agency, asserting that it will see the Customs and Excise Department absorbing immigration and the Marine Police.