Isaac Va­cates CSA Seat

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Toni Ni­cholas

Mary Isaac, the em­bat­tled pres­i­dent of the CSA, con­firmed her res­ig­na­tion as pres­i­dent of the Civil Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion, the largest trade union body here in Saint Lu­cia. Speak­ing to the STAR on Fri­day, Isaac said that the mo­ment she was se­lected as the United Work­ers Party can­di­date for Cas­tries South, she knew that she could no longer hold on to the post of pres­i­dent. “My main rea­son for step­ping down as pres­i­dent was to reg­u­lar­ize things since I am also the act­ing gen­eral sec­re­tary. So now this al­lows the vice pres­i­dent to move up as pres­i­dent and I will con­tinue to act as the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CSA,” Isaac said.

The res­ig­na­tion of Isaac came on May 26, just five days af­ter she was se­lected in a “con­tro­ver­sial” run-off for the Cas­tries South seat. Doddy Fran­cois, an­other mem­ber of the UWP who had un­suc­cess­fully con­tested the seat dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tions, has said he knew noth­ing about a run-off be­tween him­self and Isaac.

Isaac re­tired from the civil ser­vice last year as chief com­plaints and in­ves­ti­ga­tions of­fi­cer at the Con­sumer Af­fairs Depart­ment of the Min­istry of Com­merce. Last De­cem­ber she was nom­i­nated for and ac­cepted her ap­point­ment as a Se­na­tor by the main op­po­si­tion United Work­ers Party (UWP). At the time the vet­eran trade union­ist said she was quite sur­prised by the nom­i­na­tion. In brush­ing aside her de­trac­tors at the time, Isaac told re­porters that there were prece­dents in her ap­point­ment, re­fer­ring to the largest trade union in Trinidad and Tobago be­ing headed by gov­ern­ment Se­na­tor James Lam­bert who is Pres­i­dent Gen­eral of the Na­tional Union of Gov­ern­ment and Fed­er­ated Work­ers Trade Union. She also made ref­er­ence to trade union lead­ers like Pres­i­dent Gen­eral of the mil­i­tant Tech­ni­cal & Al­lied Work­ers’ Union of Gre­nada, Ch­ester Humphrey, who is also a Se­na­tor.

How­ever, this did not sit well with sev­eral mem­bers of the CSA who sought to dis­pose of Mary Isaac, fu­el­ing much in­ter­nal wran­gling in the union. Will Isaac’s res­ig­na­tion now quell any of the in­ter­nal strife faced by the union in re­cent times? Only time will tell as she is still very much in­volved in the day to day run­ning of the CSA. Isaac has been serv­ing as the act­ing gen­eral sec­re­tary within the CSA fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of David Demacque who pre­vi­ously held that po­si­tion.

The new pres­i­dent of the CSA is Wil­fred Pierre, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent.

Mary Isaac has stepped down as head of the CSA.

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