The General Secretary of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has highlighted the need for loyalty in the trade union movement.
He spoke after civil servants voted overwhelmingly at a June 14, 2019 meeting to accept the offer made by the Government Negotiating Team (GNT).
Paul expressed the view that because the CSA remained steadfast and kept faith in the umbrella Trade Union Federation (TUF), it was able to carve out a better deal for civil servants than other affiliates who broke ranks with the TUF and went their separate ways.
“So we see the lesson here is that there is strength in collectivity and in future we need to see that as a lesson, that industrial relations is not an easy task and it requires patience, understanding, tolerance and above all – loyalty to each other,” the CSA General Secretary told St Lucia Times on Tuesday.
He said it was only when those principles are exercised that trade unions can work together in the best interests of the people they represent.
Paul told St Lucia Times that the offer on the table that civil servants have agreed to accept is $1,800 plus two percent for the period 2016 – 2019.
He said four percent has been offered for the period 2019 to 2022 which is the current triennium.
“It is spread across one percent for the first year – 2019 to 2020; one percent for 2020 to 2021 and two percent for 2021 to 2022,” Paul explained.
The CSA official explained that the process now is for the individual affiliates to convey their acceptance to the TUF executive, which will in turn present the responses to the GNT.
“After that arrangements will be made for the signing of the collective agreement,” Paul told St Lucia Times.