Immediate resolution called for of government-civil service impasse in St Lucia

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Immediate resolution called for of government-civil service impasse in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia — A statement issued by the Saint Lucia prime minister’s office last Friday titled “John Compton refused to pay civil servants too, do not attempt to rewrite history”, has been described by the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) as lowering the standards of the office of the prime minister by its current occupant, Dr Kenny Anthony.

“To blatantly use the highest office in the land to wage a political war of words with the parliamentary leader of the opposition Mr Stephenson King is not just an abuse of the instruments of power and taxpayers’ revenue but, also an unsophisticated approach to dealing with the current impasse between the government and the striking civil servants,” the LPM said in a press statement.

“These useless exchanges that seek to rehash old arguments for political leverage and subject the citizens of Saint Lucia to a daily comedy hour reminiscent of the old television series Abbott and Costello is something our nation could do without in these trying times,” the LPM continued.

According to the LPM, there are serious issues confronting Saint Lucia that cannot be resolved by politicians and their supporters hurling personal insults at each other and at striking workers whom they perceive might be undermining the authority and longevity of the government.

“What the country needs now are men and women who are capable of identifying what the problems are and are able to provide a series of comprehensive solutions,” the LPM said.

What the citizens of Saint Lucia are currently witnessing through these exchanges, the LPM continued, are the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) deserting its traditional stance (since its founding in 1950) of encouraging workers to protest and demand more; it has chosen instead to align itself with the political reasoning of its nemesis, Sir John Compton, whom they often demonize for being “anti-worker” for his refusal to pay workers when he deemed the country could not afford.

“These inconsistent positions are not only grounded in political hypocrisy but also speak loudly to the political expedience of the constantly shifting positions of the Labour Party since Anthony became its leader in 1996,” the party said.

The LPM insisted that the United Workers Party (UWP) has not fared any better than the SLP when it comes to intelligently discussing the issues that have resulted in the industrial actions taken by the civil servants.

“Therefore, it may be an opportune moment for the UWP to categorically state what its real position on the matter is including, what it hopes to accomplish with the mixed messages that it has been sending. Are the conflicting positions of the UWP driven by politics or a genuine concern with ensuring that Anthony refrains from using clever and convenient methods of bloating his administration and the public payroll with non-value, high paying political appointments and with his refusal to cut costs at our foreign missions and local government controlled facilities while saying to civil servants that they are not entitled to a pay raise,” the LPM asked.

The LPM reiterated its long-held position on the impasse between the government and civil servants: No government should have to pay what the country cannot afford. In addition, no party should mislead workers by blatantly disrespecting and chastising them and their union leaders for taking actions that, if the party were in opposition, would have been described as “right” and “patriotic”.

In the light of the very grave situation that threatens the stability of the nation, the LPM called upon the government to return to the bargaining table immediately, without the preconditions it has set for convening a meeting.

“The people of Saint Lucia are eager to see a resolution of the matter and whether this government is able to fulfil its great promise of ushering in ‘better days’ for a poverty-stricken nation,” the LPM concluded.

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  1. the behavior of the pm is typical employer posturing always wanting to pay the employee the least whiles enjoying the largest & tastiest piece of the pie.the employee from time to time must do what it takes so the employer bring equity into the working environment.

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  2. Couldn't agree more with LPM...stop with the childish political back and forth. Stop the mind games. Stop being so arrogant and be more like what is being asked of the employees.

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  3. His current salary is not fit for the post but the public servant people are? When we talk about the PM salary its not just what is listed on paper but what is not listed on paper. How about the thousands of dollars in perks he receives. He rides in an expensive car, has security guards, maid service, allowances for this and that and many more.
    If Kenny Salary is not enough then no one elese is.

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    • I'm guessing that you want the PM staying home to do his laundry or to clean the house rather than running the country. You must also believe that Obama and all the other heads of government stay home to wash their CALSONS right? Get real.......

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      • The difference is Kenny will never be Obama or close to that. I don't see no reason why he can't do his own laundry. You understand why the country mal? Well here it is.

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  4. Yawn "yea yea yea" this he say she say thing is getting a lil tiring.Imo I think in order to show the country that we REALLY don't have money,Mr.Anthony should take a pay cut & start paying for trips he takes out of pocket in order to pay back the deficit.But when you do stuff like use your allowances to your full advantage & pay medical bills for your press secretary & tell the ppl you have no money to give them a raise then they won't believe you.The tricks of the OLD days are getting a bit too OLD.Kenny should realize that he can trick the some of the ppl most of the time BUT he cannot trick All the ppl all of the time.

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    • Advocating for the PM to take a pay cut would only lead to corruption. When compared to others in managerial positions his current salary is not fit for the post. JUST MY HUMBLE OPINION.

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      • so if csa take the little money the civil service will have more corruption? if you right? you must advocate better pay for all st. lucian and get rid of corruption in fair helen.

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