The Police Welfare Association (PWA) membership Monday voted overwhelmingly to reject a $1,500 bonus being offered by the government and part ways with the umbrella Trade Union Federation (TUF) in salary negotiations, reliable sources have said.
According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the intention is ultimately to move away from the TUF.
“The TUF has done nothing for the police,” one source declared.
The source suggested that in time, the PWA could join with firefighters and correctional officers to form a new bargaining unit.
Just recently PWA President, Travis Chicot, denied reports that there was division in the ranks over whether to accept the government money offer.
It was reported that the government was offering the $1,500 as a one-off payment, with the stipulation that after the payoff there would be negotiations, but not with regard to salaries.
“They find that if they are giving a one-off payment, they cannot then give a salary increase which would be too much on the back of the government,” a well informed source had told St Lucia Times.
The negotiations are for the period 2016 – 2019.