Under pressure from several unions on the island over the slow pace of salary negotiations for the 2016 to 2019 triennium, the Allen Chastanet-led administration has said it is in fact listening to the concerns of public officers.
The matter has ignited disruptions in the public service earlier this week with teachers and students staying away from school on Monday and Tuesday.
Furthermore, firefighters have informed the government that they are taking industrial action on Wednesday if issues confronting them, including salary negotiations, are not addressed.
In response, Senior Communication Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole McDonald, said the government is giving public officers its ears, concentrating on the education sector.
“I want to say too that the government of Saint Lucia places emphasis on our education sector and ensuring that, you know, we create better conditions for our students and for our teachers as well,” she told HTS News.
She said last year the government allocated over $10-million towards the rehabilitation of schools around Saint Lucia.
McDonald said in the next budget cycle there will be more investment in creating better working conditions in schools.
She stated that the government was able to “manage the situation” caused by the disruptions.
Meanwhile, unions are encouraging their members not to back down and to keep the pressure up.
The negotiating period for 2016 to 2019 ends in March but it has grounded to a standstill.