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St Lucia government called on to stop 'reprehensible' attacks on civil service
Published on July 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has called upon Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony to insist that his St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and supporters refrain from their reprehensible public assault on the civil service.

In a press statement on Sunday, the LPM described “relentless personal attacks on the character of the president of the Civil Service Association (CSA), Ms Mary Isaac", as a scorched earth policy by the SLP and its operatives, in an attempt to resolve the current impasse between the government and the CSA.

According to the LPM, the SLP should be ashamed of itself given its historic relationship with the trade union movement in the country, which eventually led to its founding in 1949, and the fact that, for decades, it has been able consistently to rely on union support to cripple and oust governments.

The LPM stated that it was as a result of this support that Dr Anthony was able to rise to political prominence when a victorious SLP changed the constitution of Saint Lucia to accommodate him in the new government, thus making him the youngest minister, and minister for education ever to serve in any Saint Lucian administration prior to 1979.

The LPM said it finds it quite disturbing that the same Dr Anthony, who has personally benefited from the sacrifices of the trade union movement and who has developed an insatiable addiction to power, which today makes him the nation’s second-longest-serving prime minister, would not even lift a finger to intervene in his party’s brutal assault on Isaac and the public service unions as a whole.

The LPM is adamant that that there can be no resolution of the crisis unless there is a serious awakening within the SLP. An ethical leader, the LPM contended, does not trash the very unions that once formed the bedrock of support for his party.
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Look at the pas executive members of the CSA and Teachers uniou and their positions in an SLP goverment and you will see who used the workers for power. Shame on you Kenny and Company. Mary is now trying to rid the CSA of SLP influence and that is a worry for the party so the dogs are at work.


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