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Savarin in 2014
|President of Dominica|
2 October 2013
|Prime Minister||Roosevelt Skerrit|
|Preceded by||Eliud Williams|
2 October 1943 |
Portsmouth, British Leeward Islands
|Political party||Labour Party since 2008
Dominica Freedom Party before 2008
|Spouse(s)||Clara Josephine Savarin|
|Alma mater||Ruskin College|
Charles Angelo Savarin (born 2 October 1943) is a politician from Dominica who has been President of Dominica since 2013. He is a member of the Dominica Labour Party and served for a time as Minister for National Security, Immigration, Labour and the Public Service.
He served as General Secretary of the Civil Service Association (CSA) for nearly two decades and almost single-handedly organised public service employees into the most powerful trade union in Dominica. During the public service protest action over a 5% salary cut in 2003, Savarin was at the forefront in defending the government's action. This aggravated the PSU leadership, with General Secretary Thomas Letang threatening to revoke Savarin's lifetime membership in the Union.
Savarin gained nationwide recognition for two CSA-led strikes: the 1973 public service strike over the transfer of radio personality Daniel "Papa Dee" Cauderion, and the September–October 1977 CSA general strike that virtually crippled the island. Savarin grew in stature and was the most notable trade union leader on the island. The CSA's orientation was middle class, not working class. Though its membership came from the formerly disenfranchised Dominican working class, which had gained socio-economic ascendancy through earlier Labour Party reform, most of the CSA leadership was now sympathetic to the Freedom Party. Indeed, the CSA and other local trade union now followed the pro business and neo-colonial philosophy of the US AFL-CIO which had pursued a fiercely anti-Leftwing policy in Latin America.
Charles Savarin has hold the mainly ceremonial post of President of Dominica since 2013. President Savarin was re-elected in 2018 for a new five-year term.
- Foreign honours
- Two Sicilian Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (5 November 2014).
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