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Mary Isaac Urges Unions To Cooperate In COVID-19 Crisis

Health and Wellness Minister Mary Isaac has urged Saint Lucia trade unions to cooperate with the government and people of this country amidst the current COVID-19 crisis.

“We are in an emergency and at this point in time our prime concern is protecting the people of Saint Lucia,” Isaac told reporters Tuesday.

She spoke one day before the scheduled official transition of Victoria Hospital to the Owen King European Union Hospital (OKEUH).

Isaac, a former trade unionist, disclosed that the transition is expected to be complete by Friday.

Victoria Hospital (VH) will be used as a respiratory hospital.

However the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) of which the Health Minister was once President, has raised concerns about the employment status of staff who will move from VH.

“Our position has always been and will always be that given Sections 34 of the principle Act, Millennium Development No. 1 of 2015, the staff currently employed with Victoria Hospital, the National Wellness Centre and Turning Point Rehabilitation Center be absorbed into OKEU as full time employees and not on contract,” the CSA asserted in a recent statement.

However  the Minister of Health believes that protecting the health of Saint Lucians should now be everyone’s concern.

“I have unions that are much bigger than the ones we have in Saint Lucia in other developed countries actually calling the government and informing them that they are going to cooperate,” Senator Isaac observed.

“So I want to call on the unions to cooperate with the government and people of Saint Lucia so thatwe can arrest this problem that we are having,” the former CSA President said

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Mary my lady why do all your workers have to live under the tremendous stress that you might not have caused but you are part of the team that has caused all this disaster.You should stand up and asure all the workers that they will not be put to work under contracts.Be honest and take the bull by the horns and if it dosent come out your way the right way then throw the towel at what ever minister may be give him the finger and walk out Be loyal to your workers first dont play politics.

  2. MARY, MARY, as usual you are so contrary. Please explain to me how worker protecting themselves from the evil deeds of the government amounts to not helping in a national health practice. You should be the one in Cabinet (given that you were President of a Union – never mind you almost destroyed it) to explain to Ministers the need and responsibility to protect workers’ rights and livelihood. Rather than making your appeal to Unions, you should seek to encourage your colleagues to do the right thing.“We are in an emergency and at this point in time our prime concern is protecting the people of Saint Lucia,” Isaac told reporters Tuesday. Yes, and that includes there livelihood. You get it Mary? Stop being contrary.

  3. Mary just like the Prime minister said that the SLP has lost all moral authority to participate in governing the country. You have lost any ability to advise the unions in Saint Lucia, you used the CSA as a stepping stone to achieve personal gain. You are the last person people want to hear from when workers right are involved.

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