NOT TRUE: Gov’t ministers accept 30% wage increase

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NOT TRUE: Gov’t ministers accept 30% wage increase
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony’s office has dismissed as “untrue” reports that government ministers have accepted a 30 percent wage increase.

Below is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister

The attention of the Office of The Prime Minister has been drawn to widespread allegations that ministers of government have decided to give themselves a 30 percent increase in salary.

Indeed, the Trinidad Guardian, in a story dated December 5, 2012, cites a CANA/CMC report that workers have refused the offer of the wage negotiating team for government “particularly in light of plans by government ministers to accept a recommended 30 percent wage increase”.

The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to make it clear that such statements are mischievous and untrue.

The facts are as follows: During its tenure in office, the former UWP Government appointed a Salaries Review Commission to review salaries of numerous officials and parliamentarians. To date, the Commission has not submitted its final report to the Government of Saint Lucia. Indeed, the life of the Commission had to be extended to allow it to complete its work. However, the former UWP Government proceeded to increase the salaries of senior public officers by as much as 30 percent in some cases before the completed report was laid in parliament.

It is a little surprising that these allegations could surface when the public sector has a representative on the Commission.

In any event, the report of the Commission would have to be laid in Parliament as required by law, so it would be available for public scrutiny.

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  1. NO SERIOUSLY PEOPLE,U THINK THE COUNTRY CAN AFFORD TO PAY CS A 16% INCREASE,THE WORLD IS GOING THROUGH A RECESSION AND IT AFFECTS US AS WELL SINCE WE DEPEND SO HEAVILY ON TOURISM,GAS PRICES AND AIRFARE ARE ON THE RISE SO LESS PEOPLE ARE TRAVELLING SO IT IS UNFAIR FOR CS TO DEMAND SUCH A HUGE INCREASE AT THIS TIME.AMAZINGLY CS HAVE THE BEST JOBS ON ISLAND U WALK INTOTHE VARIOUS MINITRIES THEY ACKNOWLEGE U ONLY AFTER FINISHING THEIR PRIVATE CONVOS WITH COWORKERS,THEY SPEAK TO CUSTOMERS HOW THEY PLEASE,TAKE EXTENDED LUNCH BREAKS AND CALL IN SICK VERY OFTEN,THIS DOESN'T DESCRIBE ALL CS HOWEVER,FOR AN INCREASE OF THE AMOUNT SOME REVIEW OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE HAS TO BE DONE AND EVEN SOME TRIMMING OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED WITHIN THE SECTOR.

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  2. These civil servants got a 14% increase under the king administration who bent over for anyone. Less than four years later they want another 16%. I say if kenny give himself 30%, then strike. If not gov't need to review the number of civil servants and send their asses home. There are ppl who still work below minimum wage. Does anyone care? The vat is for everyone not just civil servants. This bull dog guy who speaks as if his mouth full, needs a wake up call. Mon....

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  3. Not only the business houses. What about the hotels. Some of these workers work so hard with split shifts and no transport to take them home after a 3 - 11pm shift. Young ladies are seen by the side of the road at all odd hours of the night after work trying to get home.

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  4. so many business houses that pay their workers like slaves...and the pm never bothers to check that out...but ure in nego 4 increase....ok eh

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  5. In the Meantime....thousands of young people languish in the service with Degrees and are still at lower grades!!! Choops!

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  6. Time to relieve this chick of her duties. Those press releases are so lame.

    But on another note, why is Kenny Anthony pretending like he don't want the raise. We all know they itching for it. They just too ashame to take it now because they are nego with the civil servants. Once this is over they wil take it--

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