PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has noted a Press Release issued by the President of the Trade Union Federation, Mr. Julian Monrose that the members of the Trade Union Federation have offered “to accept a wage freeze for the period April 2013 to March 2016.”
The Government welcomes this decision and applauds the members of the TUF for their willingness to sacrifice wage increases at this time.
However, as the Government has explained, a wage freeze addresses future increases in public expenditure but does not resolve the immediate situation of the fiscal deficit.
For that reason, the Government agrees with the Trade Unions that other measures will be necessary to improve the “Government’s fiscal position and the economic situation in the country.” In that regard, the Government will continue to dialogue with the Federation.
The Government shares the hope of the Federation that “other sections of the country will follow the good example of [the] members [of the TUF] in making a sacrifice for country in times of need.”