RCI St. Lucia
posted on July 29, 2015 11:56
A former President of the largest trade Union here says the dispute between the CSA and a group of drivers who are owed outstanding overtime payments for almost three years has been mishandled.
The CSA pulled out its members on Tuesday, when the Ministry of Health failed to settle the outstanding payments after an ultimatum was issued on Friday last week.
In a heated exchange on Tuesday’s Newsspin program, Mr Kingsley St Hill insisted that the CSA’s process of dealing with the industrial dispute is flawed and that protest action is always a last resort when all other alternatives to resolve industrial relations disputes have failed.
Mr St Hill explains that the decision to take strike action was not only wrong but illegal.
Mr St Hill also compared the CSA’s handling of the matter to what he believes is a similar case with the National Workers Union.
He says that union has chosen to take the proper course of action in seeking the intervention of the Labour Commissioner as it seeks to settle outstanding overtime payments for a group of security guards who are members of the NWU.
The drivers attached to the Ministry of health who began protest action on Tuesday are into the second day off the job.