Fired, But What Will Mary Isaac Do Next?

Senate nominee, Mary Isaac. [Photo: Stan Bishop]
Senate nominee, Mary Isaac. [Photo: Stan Bishop]

ST LUCIANS are anxiously awaiting the next move in the ongoing controversy in the Civil Service Association over the fate of President Mary Isaac.

One hundred and twenty-four members of the Association late Wednesday afternoon voted to remove Isaac from the presidency, a move she had condemned as illegal and not sanctioned by the Association’s constitution.

This follows a petition among members over her acceptance of a senatorial appointment from the opposition United Workers Party which some claim constitutes a conflict of interest on her part.

However Isaac has remained steadfast in her resolve not to quit the post stating that the meeting was not in order and in line with the CSA’s constitution.

“The meeting was not in order and as a result the general secretary should not have allowed it to take place. The constitution called for 75 members or more to hold a meeting, however, they must have an agenda. The agenda they had was not constitutional and as a result the meeting should not have taken place,” Isaac said.

“The meeting was called seeking my resignation. I will not resign. There is no reason for me to resign. Now we have to see what they (CSA members) will do,” Isaac said.

The last remark may be in reference to the widespread support Isaac received from C SA members only a few months ago, when she retained the presidency comfortably.

Some of those who attended Wednesday’s meeting did speak of preparing a legal defence should Isaac decide not to recognize the decision taken to replace her.

BarthelmyFedee, general council member and spokesperson for the CSA faction which voted her out said that members are already prepared for whatever Isaac will come with, in her bid to hold on to the presidency of the CSA.

“We have met with the attorney representing us. We are prepared. She has to go,” Fedee said.

Ironically, while Barthelmy speaks of her “going”, Isaac would still remain on the CSA executive as Immediate Past President should the move to get her out of the president’s chair be successful. Meanwhile, Isaac has everyone guessing how she will react to this week’s meeting and what will be her next move.

Just 150 members of the CSA membership of some 3,000 signed the petition to get rid of the president. Before the meeting, Isaac had publicly announced that the meeting would be “unconstitutional” and urged members not to attend.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...


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    ACT I SCENE I A desert place.
    [Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches]
    First Witch When shall we three meet again
    In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
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