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.