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Wednesday, October 05, 2005 – Chairman of the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) Mr. Victor Poyotte has expressed concern that six of the nine Unions and Associations representing government employees are yet to submit new proposals for consideration. Mr. Poyotte made these observations following a preliminary meeting with the workers representatives on September 26th 2005. He noted further that of the three groups submitting proposals none quantified their wage and salary requests.

The September 26th meeting was set to review proposals submitted for the new round of negotiations covering the triennium April 2004 to March 2005, April 2005 to March 2006 and April 2006 to March 2007. At that meeting the unions and associations agreed to submit their outstanding proposals by October 7th, 2005, for a general wage and salary increase for both the established and non established workers.

The GNT stated that the deadline date is necessary to facilitate costing of the various aspects of the proposals and to avoid any delays in the start of discussions.

When discussions on the new round of negotiations begin the parties will discuss general wage and salary increase for the next triennium. The Government Negotiating Team will hold separate discussion with each Union/Association on non financial matters relating to terms and conditions of service.

Formal negotiations between the Unions and Associations and the Government Negotiating Team commenced on September 28th 2005. At that first meeting the GNT met with the Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union.

Other meetings set for October are as follows:

Wednesday 5th October Civil Service Association
Wednesday 12th October National Workers Union
Wednesday 18th October Nurses Association
Wednesday 18th October Fire Service Association
Thursday 19th October Police Welfare Association
Thursday 19th October Prisons Service Association

In September the Cabinet of Ministers appointed a new Government Negotiating Team for negotiations on Working Conditions for the 2004/2005 and 2006/2007 triennium.

Chaired by a Management Consultant and former Secretary to Cabinet in Saint Lucia Victor Poyotte other members of the team are Mr. Henry Phillips Human Resources Management Consultant, Mr. Ivor Daniel of the Ministry of Finance and Mr. Mark Louis Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour Relations, Public Service and Cooperatives.

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