Saint Lucia’s Trade Union Federation (TUF) has accused the Government of reneging on the agreement reached during recent negotiations.
TUF President, Julian Monrose told St Lucia Times that members met Monday to review the situation and were very unhappy.
“When we met with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) on July 1st, we were of the view that everything had been settled,” Monrose explained.
But he accused the government of having reneged on some of the areas that were agreed upon.
“Further to that even in the payment of the lump sum they have made errors. We have discovered that in many instances people who were due the $1,800 did not receive it,” Monrose told St Lucia Times.
“We had some cases where one of our affiliates was reporting that they paid some people $1000 rather than $1,800 and so we find that it grossly unacceptable,” the TUF President declared.
“We are not happy with the way the GNT sought to bring us around the table to sign the collective agreement,” he stated.
“It was not in keeping with what we agreed on,” according to Monrose.
He disclosed that the TUF has written to the GNT seeking to have the issues ironed out.
He asserted that the TUF is standing firm that public servants must receive their proper salary increases, all settlements of retroactive pay and lump sum by their August salary.
He declared that failure to do so would cause the umbrella trade movement grouping of which he is President to call on its members to take a stand.
Monrose recalled that the government had been given a July deadline which was extended.