AN attempt is underway to throw out the current executive of the Civil Service Association.
This is one of the results of recent feuding within the CSA over the decision of former President Mary Isaac to accept a position in the Senate as a member of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP).
A group of members calling themselves the “Save our Union” team say they have amassed 512 signatures from members calling for an Extraordinary Meeting of the organization to petition for the removal of the entire National Executive Council of the Union.
The group says the signatures were collected over a two week period following a launch at a meeting held at the Castries Town Council on Friday, May 29.
The petition was filed under Section 6.9(i) of the Constitution of CSA which provides for the removal of the entire Executive Council or any of its members by a two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting at an Extraordinary General Meeting held for this purpose.
According to the constitution of the Union, 75 signatures are required to call for the removal of the executive.
Among the grievances quoted by the petitioners are:
1. Procedural impropriety including the failure of the Executive to hold an Annual General Meeting for ratification of the membership of the Executive Council and signing of cheques using unauthorized procedures;
2. Unconstitutional action regarding the refusal to convene General Council meetings as well as the appointment of members of the National Executive Council;
3. Misconduct and disregard for the views and requests of members, including the denial of membersrightsguaranteed by the constitution and the use of disparaging remarks to tarnish members;
4. Incompetence in the administration of the affairs ofthe Union, including the lapse of insurance coverage for five months from December 2014 and the non-negotiation of expired collective agreements.
5. The failure of the National Executive Council to effectively represent and unite all its members in accordance with its objects.
6. Failure of the National Executive Council to remain politically impartial and independent, resulting insignificant dissatisfaction and withdrawal of membership in excess of 300 members.
“The Save Our Union Team calls on all members of the Union to remain vigilant and united against such abuse of power and incompetence whichis destroying the image and integrity of our Union and undermining its ability to effectively represent its members”, said a spokesman for the protesting group.