Government and union deadlocked over new border control agency in St Lucia


Civil Service Association General Secretary Claude Paul (L) and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

By Melanius Alphonse
Caribbean News Now associate editor
melanius@caribbeannewsnow.com

CASTRIES, St Lucia — Following initial protests by the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), the largest worker representative union on the island, over a proposed new border control agency, the union and the government appear to be deadlocked on the way forward.

In a letter to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on August 15 (see below), CSA general secretary Claude Paul expressed “grave concern about the manner in which government is proceeding to form a border control authority (BCA)”.

Paul wrote: “The CSA is the duly recognised trade union which represents Customs Staff, yet neither…

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