Striking Saint Lucia firefighters have agreed to return to work, following a meeting at the Dennery Fire station, St Lucia Times has been reliably informed.
The Saint Lucia Fire Service Association is reported to be in receipt of a letter informing the organisation of the removal of contracts and asserting that firefighters on probation would have temporary employment.
It was explained that they would then sit a probation examination to determine their permanence in the department.
“The fire officers have agree to go to work under certain conditions which will be presented to the Prime Minister in a letter,” a reliable source told St Lucia Times.
The source would not be drawn on what the conditions would be.
He explained that officers on contract had to sign documents every six months, but at times on completion of the contracts some persons would have to wait two months before having new contracts issued.
The source explained that on the basis of the commitment by the Allen Chastanet administration to remove the contracts, the firefighters have agreed to return to work and have other outstanding issues subsequently addressed.
Firefighters went on strike on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, calling attention to ‘decades long’ outstanding matters which have not been addressed.