Mary Isaac’s Supporters Strike Back
ANOTHER extraordinary general meeting of the Civil Service Association (CSA) has been scheduled for next Tuesday; however, this one is expected to be different from the one held last week in which 124 members voted for President Mary Isaac to resign.
She has since brushed aside the call for her resignation saying that she will not adhere to what came out of last week’s meeting, which she did not attend. But Isaac plans to be at next week’s meeting.
“I will not resign based on that meeting. If I have to resign it will be on my own accord,” Isaac told The VOICE, commenting on last week’s meeting.
Of next Tuesday’s meeting she had this to say: “At that meeting if members want me to go, yes, I will go”.
The back to back extraordinary general meetings were petitioned by different factions within the Association. One hundred and fifty members signed a petition under section 6.7 (i) of the Association’s Constitution for last week’s meeting. Proponents of the petition said that the vote taken called on Isaac to resign from the presidency.
Next Tuesday’s meeting is as a result of another petition signed by about 180 members. At that meeting it is hoped that members will vote to retain Isaac as President.
“We are hoping that at that meeting the situation will get back on track so we could continue the work of the union,” Isaac said.
Also on the agenda for Tuesday is the Union’s position with its negotiations with government and its stance on the proposed 5 percent cut in salaries the government still wants to enforce.
The reason for last week’s meeting was given as Isaac’s decision to join the ranks of the United Workers Party and her acceptance of a senatorial position from the party, two acts which, it is alleged, compromised the political neutrality and independence of the Association.
Members at that meeting voted for Isaac to resign and mandated General Secretary David Demacque to inform her of their decision within three working days.
However this is not the end to the unfolding drama being played out at the CSA. With Demacque now at end of contract leave, Isaac, it is said, is expected to hold on to his position temporarily.
She confirmed that Tuesday saying that a decision to that effect was taken last month at an executive meeting.