Negotiations between the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) and the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association or CSA are at a standstill. The CSA General Secretary Claude Paul is blaming the GNT for its failure to complete negotiations on the 2016 to 2019 Collective Agreement.
The CSA wants negotiations to be completed and members are accusing the government of stalling.
Members of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association protested silently through the streets of Castries in March against the stalled negotiations with the government.
According to CSA the negotiations should have been concluded since 2016. The Union is accusing the the GNT of deliberately stalling the process.
According to Mr Paul, the CSA receives many calls on a daily basis from its members requesting an update on the status of the negotiations.
He says the situation has serious implications for the industrial climate in the country.
The CSA gave an ultimatum to the GNT in a March 11, 2019 letter suggesting that the GNT respond to requests for the recommencement of negotiations no later than Thursday, March 14, 2019.
It warned that failure to respond would cause the union to consider ‘alternative means of resolving the impasse.’