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Past President’s Message

President of St. Lucia Civil Service Assc.

 

Welcome to the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) website. The website is expected to provide a range of information about CSA to members and visitors.

It has been a tremendous honor to serve as president of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) for the period 2016-2018. This opportunity provided a platform to understand the dynamics of the organization from a different perspective.

I can attest that CSA has a rich history laced with years of struggles, tribulations and footprints of memories left behind by its founding fathers and resolute members. CSA in light of its many challenges continues to remain resolute despite the industrial climate and pressures of the labor movement.

As the organization prepares to celebrate another milestone of 67 years of existence it stands strong and steadfast knowing the issues of today are not the same as they were in 1951. The issues today have evolved and become even more complex.

Members must never lose sight that the labour movement is always evolving.  Barack Obama said it best “It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, social security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union labels” Therefore, CSA needs  an  organized  and  structured  approach  to continuously and effectively address  the problems confronting  public  officers  and  its members.

The Association needs to revamp its organs and generate fresh new ideas from its membership to sustain its growth. It needs now to position itself and become more resilient in light of the current economic and social issues that plague our society and workforce. In this current environment we need strong, consultative leaders that can take hard decisions that will propel the organization to attain realistic goals. As Rikki Rogers said ……“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t” …..

In the true spirit of our Motto: “Optimum Dare, Optimum Expectare” All members must continue to be supportive of CSA “Do the best, and expect the best”

We take the opportunity to express gratitude to the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) for making funding available to create the webpage and providing a valuable platform to our members.

Causes

  • Decent Work Poster
  • Economic & Trade Issues Poster
  • Occupational Safety Health Poster
  • Regional Integration Poster