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NWU strongly objects to 5% wage cut

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PRESS RELEASE – The National Workers Union (NWU) strongly objects to the inclusion of non-establishment, town and village councils, daily and hourly paid workers employed with government in any proposed five percent wage cut on their present salaries.

While the NWU feels that the exercise of engaging government administrators on Saint Lucia’s deficit and the economy is healthy, government must move without further delay to have the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) in place. This process is the correct machinery that will enable the parties to forward proposals for discussion and reach agreement on matters of an industrial and economic nature to cover the period June 2013 to May 2016.

The NWU is wary of individuals who keep posturing on national television as experts blowing hot and cold and without any authority, who want to instruct trade unions what to accept in difficult times. While the union is not against persons who continue to enjoy luxuries in life, should an attempt be made to erode that standard they would put up a hard fight.

NWU members employed with government are already worse off and therefore any proposed wage cut would result in family dislocation, more poverty and economic hardship.

The National Workers Union will be meeting all daily paid shop stewards next week to apprise them of the current situation.

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26 comments

  1. The unions especially NWU are the biggest cause of decline in SL. They turn employee against employer... they eliminate individual motivation in favor of a "one size fits all" communistic wage increase... they are drunk on the $millions being collected in dues... they drive out good companies or bankrupt them... etc. Other Caribbean nations have been attracting scores of foreign investment and new manufacturing plants thereby diversifying from tourism. But SL hasn't attracted any due to reputation of having unions that are completely out of control. Maynard threatened to shut the entire tourism industry. If there's an industry to be shut down, it should be the unions at least the corrupt ones.

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  2. St Lucia should take a hint from bigger countries to see how well the unions have worked. The unions are a turn off for any company who would like to invest in St Lucia. Get rid of the useless paracites.

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  3. The unions make St Lucia less attractive to any one who would like to invest in StLucia. Take a hint from bigger countries to see how well the unions have helped. Detroit is a good example.

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  4. anonymous, i agree the benefits Barbados has we sure don"t have.I work in the private sector and i can tell you Kenny really FOOL st lucians. remember that crap BETTER DAYS!!!Mate wish here was a communist country!!!

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  5. We refuse to hold the "Bulls by the horns" and do what we need to do and understand our situation collectively as a people.
    We allow our emotions to take the best of us, because we want to please those that we are representing even if when we are aware that we need to do the right thing.
    We believe that we should not take in consideration what one who looks like or lives among us.

    But the day could come when the greater earthly economic power( through the IMF,) will dictate to you and ask you to jump, and you being a very well behaved slave, will understand and listen without flinching or "Bat" an eye.

    Saint Lucia belongs to everyone who resides in it.
    Times are hard. But let's do what we must do as a people to save her.

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  6. These unions will be the death of our country! Government workers need to offer St Lucian tax payers more for their money. Better service to start with. Even the police welfare is in a power struggle.
    SEE DEM FIGHTING FOR POWER, BUT THEY KNOW NOT THE HOUR.

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    • I agree with you Joe Cherry. The unions will cause the decline of St Lucia and discourage foreign investment. Unions are being rejected in many states in America .Take a hint StLucia.

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  7. "In Town Too Long" you are desperately trying I don't know if you are Jadia in disguise but I will tell you 1 thing . You can walk from town to sulphur springs lucians won't pay for a government BAILOUT or for the next campaign. This Prime Minister knew the state of the economy before he came to office. You forgot that he encouraged Public Servants to go on strike for their other 7% uh? If you want to party hack do it somewhere else. Touch people salaries and this whole administration will come down and you my friend will come tumbling after. We take enough shit already from this admin. La Corbs none of them eh doing their work all they can do is call shot about who should be allowed to speak an idea perpetuated by mouth pieces like Jadia, Claudius. Continue making Jazz budget bigger that that of a Ministry of Agriculture. Why implement STEP and a second Civil Service NICE to spy on public servants. This is costing the country millions. You have never criticized not 1 of this administration's failed policies so we all know that you are associated with this party. THink you can fool all the people, think again

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    • I agree, we have two people running de country. Kenny give 4% raise, Anthony take back 5%. That raise should have never been offered. Each party encouraging civil servants to go on strike to unstabilize the country for their political gain. A sad state of affairs.

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  8. i think if a 5% needs to be cut off the salaries of public servants let it be done round the board... im hoping that its inclusive of the ministers.. prime minister every single government worker... two) i think the government can itself cut on alot of expenditure and all those useless positions persons have sitting on their asses drawing thousands of dollars ... there is no denying that the economy is really tough and boy its tough.... st lucians need to stop wasting their f****** money on bullshit and economize .... ppl rather drink a bounty than pay their light bills... pay their monies to go to jazz than send their children to school with lunch...take loan upon loan to pay for carnival outfit and complain things hard .. smh

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  9. In Town Too long

    Too many of our present trade union leaders trumpet mantras devoid of patriotism, laced with egotism and self-serving. They, who as leaders should be mobilizing their various membership towards uniting in the choppy waters of these perilous times, thereby keeping the ship stable and retaining some chance of survival, cowardly opt for the line of least resistance, being led, instead of leading. Sadly for the interests of our homeland, they find it easier and safer to cater to the least common denominator, instead of working to elevate the awareness and consciousness of their people! Alas!

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  10. In Town Too long

    Why are some of us so bent on cutting off our (national) nose to spite our face? Is the practice of hating Kenny Anthony, as well as any ideas that may emerge from him or his side, so necessary, so urgent, that even if it means pushing our country deeper into the mire, you think it your duty to keep on hating, with increasing intensity?
    Whether you all want to admit it or not, it is a fact that during his final, marathon budget speech, Sir John Compton complimented the financial stewardship of Dr. Anthony, noting that he had left the treasury in a much better state than when he took the reins in 1997!

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  11. Kenny Anthony you not listening , drag out Ausbert Regis , Vaughn lewis, Chritohper Hunt, remove some of the many P.S in finance, your partner from DA you paying to represent the government, cut down the cabinet size, cause if you dont this will be the last nail in the coffin along with your political career.... you have been warned because by next week St. lucia will become a pressure cooker for the govt. Jazz is not a big enough distraction.....

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    • In Town Too long

      Yeah, throw some spanners in the works! Make the country even less attractive to investors! Rant and rave and display mindless tantrums! Have you thought of the effect of this kind of thinking, if it gains traction, on our national economy. Don't you realize that the performance (or under-productivity) of each and every one of us impacts the whole economy? It is high time we learn, instead of asking what government (the country) can do for us, to ask of ourselves what we have to do for our country!! "One one cocoa full the basket ..." (Bob Marley)

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      • In Town Too long

        It is high time we learn, instead of asking what government (the country) can do for us, as individuals, to ask of ourselves what we have done and still have to do for our country!!

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  12. Kenny an Anthony to serious

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  13. Barbados, did not layoff workers. They GAVE THEM A PACKAGE, in lieu of losing their jobs, that's the difference.

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    • In Town Too long

      Are you serious? You think is joke when the IMF tells a country that to be able to borrow more money to run things, you must do this or that? Barbados was forced to reduce her recurrent expenditure by cutting the public service by that number - no lay off. Naturally certain severance benefits accompanied the terminations!

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  14. First what they need to do is fire all the useless consultants they have in all the various ministries. Don't try to make the poor poorer.The unions need to stand together on this matter but the politics has infiltrated the union body that they can no longer operate as a united front. kudos to Mary Issac and her team and the NWU for taking a firm stance on that matter. Kenny and Tony cannot run this country. He has pushed us into so much debt that he feels that the only way to take us out of the bondage is to over tax the poor working class. Am madddddddddddddd.

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  15. Bravo for this position. It's a good fight on behalf of the non-establishment workers in the public service. However it will be good to extend the NWU's fight to include government's overt manipulation of unions.

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    • the benfits that barbados has, we sure dont have it................ bet you were not saying that when the unions demanded 14.5 for the entire civil service and statutory boards when the world was going through the economic crisis... go figure

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    • oh and u can resign from your post, there will be 2999 left to go.

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  16. If they cannot agree on a 5% cut in salary then the government of SLU should LAY OFF more than 3000 employees just like the government of Barbados did..#foodforthought

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