BREAKING NEWS: Government agrees to activate GNT

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BREAKING NEWS: Government agrees to activate GNT

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has agreed to a recommendation made by the public sector unions and associations, to activate the Government Negotiating Team (GNT).

According to the prime minister, it is essential that all avenues are explored to continue discussing proposals to cut expenditure in an effort to reach consensus on the way forward.

In a letter dated June 19, 2014, the prime minister explained to the unions that notwithstanding their proposal that the GNT be appointed only to deal with matters related to salaries and the conditions of work, the scope must be broader, to allow for the negotiations of expenditure reduction.

Dr. Anthony wrote: “Despite the fact that the government believes that there is a wide difference between appointing a negotiating team for issues of salaries and conditions of work and a broad consultative process to discuss options that are wide-ranging and go beyond the traditional items of the contract of employment, the government was prepared to accede to the request of the unions and associations. In that spirit, and in an effort to compromise to find a solution to the issues at hand, the government reiterates that it is prepared to activate the GNT, appoint a chairman, commence negotiations immediately, provided that we agree to the agenda indicated above and as suggested by the unions and associations, agree to complete negotiations within two weeks after the commencement of negotiations.”

In his letter, the prime minister listed the two agenda items for the GNT as follows:

1. Salaries and conditions of work;
2. Expenditure reduction and wage adjustment.

Dr. Anthony says he is hopeful that a compromise will be reached at the soonest as the fiscal situation will continue to deteriorate if no action is taken.

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  1. The country is at a juncture where the some hard but educated decisions have to be made. Is this the best way to turn around the economy, maybe, maybe not. I think the PM is just as lost as his advisors; he is experimenting. I must say though that I do not feel sorry for him; what goes around comes around. He marched for 14% when in opposition, he did his best to discourage foreign investment when in opposition. He made promises to the electorate thaheknew he couldn't keep. So yes Mr. PM you are reaping what you've sown.

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  2. I have a serious issue with the proposed salary cut and freeze, if things so desperate why are we asking only the civil servants to carry the burden? There are a few sectors which are constantly getting tax breaks and holidays, the gosl just last year forewent a few dozen millions in uncollected taxes, we also have a hotel sector which is paying around half the vat normal folksare asked to pay.why not put a levy on all salaries big or small no matter which sector you work, therein the burden on one sector is reduced. So intead of cutting salaries of civil servants by 4% you might only require a 1% levy which we can all bear....ever wonder what will happen to spending and the private sector when thousands of consumers are a few hundred dollars poorer? Will that benefit those who depend on the spending of that sector?

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  3. Dr. Anthony, the stimulus package was a major failure. You tried to make the figures work for you but they didn't fool me. I know what I know. You have a NICE program which is necessary but laden with flaws. You have been borrowing and living large...jobs for the boys, at the country's expense. Ofcourse, the fools will settle for a pay cut. Surprise buddy, this is 2014. Wake up. We are far from blind.

    Take away my inconvenince allowance. Take away my entertainment allowance, take awy my travel allowance but do not dare touch my pay.

    "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

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  4. Remember the PM is the one who was on record warning investors against setting up business here. He was in opposition then. Ha! Now he is begging investors to come in. Dr. Anthony, the power of the tongue.

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  5. Coward people.Tell me if a man is abusing you constantly, will you stay because you are afraid of leaving because he may find you and hurt you as he has threatened? Yes, I feel you but usually those are empty threats aimed at giving the man power. Intimidation is a power we give to others.

    Advice: don't give our pm the abuser that power!

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  6. Dr. Anthony, here we go again. The debt to GDP ratio increased during your reign. Do the math. Keep leading in your top down, dictatorship fashion. Your pension and that of your ministers are guaranteed. Remember? After two terms in office, you guys are safe, right? You got thriving businesses too! Aha!

    By the way your press secretary, or should I say your current campaign PR did more bad than good in her sorry attempt at aggressively laying blame in the weekend papers. You should have advised her otherwise, because right now you need to do some damage control.

    She should have had a more experienced and less colourful economist vet her writing. Perhaps, an english teacher too so it could have been toned down. What did she accomplished? Sorry jady, you stirred up more hatred as your humility or lack of was definitely a major issue.

    PM, you need to keep her calm because she has to realise that she is not prime minister.That would have worked well during campaign, but not now when the government is so unpopular. I know her defensiveness means she is singing for her supper. But please, she needs to be a little more mature and less flighty. We expect her to do $8000 worth of talking, but still...

    If you ask me, Mr. Montgomery can give her some lesons. Compare the two articles, now tell me, which weighs more? Childish obsession with politics or calm and mature discourse.

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  7. Like the old saying goes. One cannot draw blood out of stones. The problem is a lack of funds to pay public servants. The best the public servants can do is to accept a pay cut and secure everybody's job. Those who think their jobs are secure will reject that option. To evoke another old saying those who don't have a guardian, ie. a godmother or godfather in their work place should volunteer for a cut which is better than losing all. Just saying.

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  8. My feeling is that someone is not really acting in good faith. The real aim is to cloud the relevant issues with secondary matters then trap the other party into submission on the old notion.

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  9. Why does KDA keep coming across like a dictator at every turn? I will commission the GNT only if these are the issues to be discussed, and with the promise that a decision is reached within 2 weeks? I guess he has also instructed this GNT to be ready to compromise to make this timeline feasible? The last GNT was just as arrogant and disrespectful as the person who commissioned it. Unions also need to come in and check their egos at the door. This is not about Unions only, and definitely not about government or party - this is about St. Lucia's future. Unions, parties etc, at the end of the day all these organizations comprise of St. Lucians. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  10. The man will get his way any how. That is just a nice way of avoiding a all out country shut down. Look at his agenda

    1. Salaries and conditions of work;
    2. Expenditure reduction and wage adjustment.

    #2 tells you he is going to do it anyways. Remember he has already legislate it in the house. He just buying time, IT IS A DONE DEAL 5% PAY CUT!!!!!!!!!!

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    • so what life goes on we must learn to adjust our lifestyles accordingly. As a civil servant the greater good of the country is best.

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