The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Fri­day, June 5, 2015, 512 mem­bers of the St. Lu­cia Civil Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion (CSA) called for an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Meet­ing of the or­ga­ni­za­tion to pe­ti­tion for the re­moval of the en­tire Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of the Union.

The pe­ti­tion for re­moval of the Ex­ec­u­tive cul­mi­nated a two week drive by the Save Our Union team to gather signatures, launched at a meet­ing held at the Cas­tries City Coun­cil on Fri­day, May 29th, 2015.

The pe­ti­tion was filed un­der Sec­tion 6.9(i) of the Con­sti­tu­tion of CSA which pro­vides for the re­moval of the en­tire Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil or any of its mem­bers by a two-thirds ma­jor­ity vote of those present and vot­ing at an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing held for this pur­pose.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­sti­tu­tion of the Union, 75 signatures are re­quired. How­ever, within ten days 512 signatures were amassed call­ing for the re­moval of the en­tire Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

Among the griev­ances quoted by the pe­ti­tion­ers are: 1. Pro­ce­dural im­pro­pri­ety in­clud­ing the fail­ure of the Ex­ec­u­tive to hold an An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing for rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the membership of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, and sign­ing of cheques us­ing unau­tho­rized pro­ce­dures. 2. Un­con­sti­tu­tional ac­tion re­gard­ing the re­fusal to con­vene Gen­eral Coun­cil meet­ings as well as the ap­point­ment of mem­bers of the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil. 3. Mis­con­duct and dis­re­gard for the views and re­quests of mem­bers, in­clud­ing the de­nial of mem­bers’ rights guar­an­teed by the con­sti­tu­tion, and the use of dis­parag­ing re­marks to tar­nish mem­bers. 4. In­com­pe­tence in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the af­fairs of the Union, in­clud­ing the lapse of in­sur­ance cov­er­age for five months from De­cem­ber 2014 and the non-ne­go­ti­a­tions of ex­pired Col­lec­tive Agree­ments. 5. The fail­ure of the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil to ef­fec­tively rep­re­sent and unite all its mem­bers in ac­cor­dance with its ob­jects. 6. Fail­ure of the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil to re­main po­lit­i­cally im­par­tial and in­de­pen­dent, re­sult­ing in sig­nif­i­cant dis­sat­is­fac­tion and with­drawal of membership in ex­cess of three hun­dred.

The Save Our Union team calls on all mem­bers of the Union to re­main vig­i­lant and united against such abuse of power and in­com­pe­tence which it says are destroying the im­age and in­tegrity of the Union and un­der­min­ing its abil­ity to ef­fec­tively rep­re­sent its mem­bers.

De­spite the res­ig­na­tion of CSA pres­i­dent Mary Isaac, the in­sta­bil­ity and di­vi­sion in the trade union per­sists.

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