Press secretary denies storming out of PM’s office in rage, being the highest paid press officer

Office of the Prime Minister

Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel, press secretary to the Prime Minister

TRY TO GET THE FACTS RIGHT!

“In a recent press release dated November 26, 2012, the United Workers Party once again directed its attention towards me as press secretary to the Prime Minister. The UWP claimed that there was an incident when I “stormed out” of the office of the Prime Minister “in fits of rage”. Then, it went on to say that I am “being paid a salary level higher than that earned by Press Secretaries serving under the last three administrations”.

In previous press releases, the Office of the Press Secretary has repeatedly drawn to the attention of the public that to date, the UWP seems incapable of producing one press release without error or untruths. This Press Release continues the trend.

First, I never walked out from the Office of the Prime Minister in “fits of rage” as alleged. This never happened. Those who know me will confirm that I am not given to rage. I have too much regard and respect for the Prime Minister for this to happen. This is not a Prime Minister that suffers assaults by his colleagues and those who work with him, whether verbal or otherwise, as was the case with his predecessor.

Secondly, it is patently false that I am the highest paid Press Officer, ever. Here are the facts. The former Press Secretary to former Prime Minister, Stephenson King, Mr. Darnley La Bourne, received a total monthly salary as follows:

Basic Salary – $7000.00;
Telephone Allowance – $450.00;
Travel Allowance – $1000.00;
Entertainment – $270.00
TOTAL – $8720.00
In addition Mr. La Bourne received a gratuity of 25% of his basic salary.

My current monthly package is as follows:
Basic Salary-$6218.39
Phone Allowance – $450.00
Travelling – $1000.00
Entertainment – $400.00
TOTAL: $8068.39

My contract also allows me to receive a gratuity of 25% of my basic salary.

As can be seen from the above figures, Mr. La Bourne received $651. 61 monthly, more than I currently do. How then can I be described as the best paid Press Secretary ever, spanning three administrations?

The United Workers Party should be responsible enough to cease from presenting false information to the public as it is injurious not only to the subject of their press releases but also to their reputation as an Opposition.

The writer of the press releases should try to get it right at least on one occasion.”

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43 comments

  1. Better days are coming....OH PARDON ME....
    WHAT DID YOU FOLKS REALLY THINK THAT MAN WOULD HAVE DONE AFTER, AFTER THE 2011 ELECTION VOTERS BUILD HIM UP THEN DROP HIM, NOW ITS THE SHAFT HE UNLEASHING....SUCK IT UP, THAT,S WHAT HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE BELIEVE IN POLITICIANS. BITTER DAYS ARE HERE CRY CRY CRY.

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  4. Ms Jadia. You recently graduated from UWI 2011,with an ECON degree(a grade "PASS").This is your first major public job and you are being PAID to much and bragging to St.Lucians (whether UWP or SLP) about it...

    I have a Masters Degree and you are NOT at that salary level as yet so why is the Govmt putting for their friends( who campaigned for them)

    "Entertainment - $400), My girl who are you Entertaining???..You Man in Bed or someone else.

    "Phone Allowances - 450),Government have a corporate account with LIME (as your cell number states) and there is NO WAY you can talk so much and exceed that amount. unless you calling oversea ppl..

    "Travel - 1000),...we all know you have your person car, so Tax payers have to put gas in your car to travel Back & Forth from V/fort..I know ppl who live V.fort and work in Gros Islet and its their Job to pay their own Gas and NOT their employer.....

    SLP...and Really Shown the General Public hard times. Castries gets all the tourists, all the visitors but our gutters, public toilets, buildings, garbage bin ALL need upgrade at a cost 5000.00. am sure KENNY can increase Tourism (who main Exports) and really beautify ST.Lucia.

    Where is Compton, when you need him. cz that was a Prime Minister, for the ppl, elected by the ppl. and served all the ppl...
    SLP you may be in power now, but NOT for long....(the really Bitter Days ARE COMING)

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    • Who Compton the man for the rich people....come on!!!!!!!!!!!! my bus fare is paid by my Company, I have phone allowance.....and people who live and work in castries need to start cleaning up after them selves. Even if there are proper garbage bins that does prevent the garbage from getting into the gutters! and on that note alot of St Lucians keep depending on the government for every single thing. They keep a political mind about everything. Where is the gratitude towards God who spears our lives each day. It is he who gives all head of states privileges and means to run the country. God never fails no matter who's in government. So that's the reason why I made the comment about Compton. All government will fail us one way other weather we want to admit it or not. St Lucians need to face the truth and the truth is.........things aren't getting better without the intervention of God. So put petty politics aside and be that regardless your circumstance God always provides. There are people out there who don't know where they are going to get the next place to sleep or eat. While we sit here complaining, comparing in all this political storm. Wasting our precious breath on these things when the politicians themselves are hardly bothered. I am a proud St Lucian but i am also a Proud Christian and unless Christ isn't involved in our decisions how can this country be blessed!!! Stop being political and start praying cause all of these things are proof that the end is near!!!

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  6. Jadia i will go to school, and in the next election fight for the post of press secretary..

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  8. we really need to know what is going on in our country alot of things happen and we just sit there we need to be more invovled in what is happening with "our" money

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  10. not because she went all out and posted her figures for yall stupid st lucians to be acting like yallmoney hungry!!! all ah yall knew them big government workers were gettin fat papers from da start so hush it please!!! if u want big money go to school n get qualified...cum back n work...if it ain't enuf...strike!!! u only get wat u want wen u strike at a time dat da bossman cah afford to lose biz...now leave de woman alone with her money n do get red eye on her cheddar...go face kenny or ur boss for ur more money!!! wen king n compton was in charge yall was really silent hmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    • Oh shush! there are many who went to school and are qualified and are not being even half of this woman's salary. It's people like you who will accept any and everything they shove down your throats. Bravo to the St. Lucians who speak out against the ills of this country. Jesus Christ would have seen this as being grossly unfair. Kenny Anthony is no friend of St. Lucians. He is just here to dominate and act pompous as if St. Lucia is his. I am not for any government as none of them give me a bread when I am hungry.

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    • Many happy returns to you for calling us stupid St. Lucians. As I always say there two kinds of stupid people:(1) those who are proud of being stupid and ignorant (2)those who are too stupid and ignorant to realized they're stupid and ignorant. And my dear brother/sister that's exactly who you are with a good bit of mental problems go ask your Doc for a higher dosage of your Prozac great weekend to you and yours.

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      • Well said 'pissed off'. What is his / her justification for calling us stupid unless him / her is not a Lucian which would make him / her even more stupid for inteferring in our business!

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    • uncle-x u must be one of kenny mouth piece.

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  12. FIRE THIS WOMAN!!! No need for a press secretary. People actually working hard to pay some woman to be entertained??? unbelievable!!!
    This is just laughable!!

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  14. Jadia, thanks for the information, however this has just given fuel for me to fight for the 16% the union is negotiating for us civil servant. And your government has the guts to tell us things are hard, and the economy has not picked up, so we will get a 000 % and a one time payment of $1000. What an insult to us hard working civil servants.

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  16. UWP or SLU, this is unacceptable. Phone allowance $450.00 when people can barely afford to have pre-paid phone and $400 for entertainment! How can citizens be working for you to have fun? Are you kidding me! And what makes it worst is that you have basically rubbed this in our faces and still trying to justify that you were paid less. You talk so much that you have out done yourself this time. Everytime someone sees or hear your voice on TV/radio, they will get upset.

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  18. Why is the press secretary being pain from the people's pocket when most of the press releases or addresses are ADs for the labor party. I think that the political parties and not the people are the one who should be saddled with the job of the "Press secretary of the St Lucia labor Party" We already have GIS who do we need a press secretary for the prime minister... Mr. Prime Minister please do the right thing and allow the labor party to pay its press secretary and use the money you paying her to give the civil servants a raise in Salary. You already gave the government a 15% increase.....What are you going to do for the people.

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  20. Just curious how much does a Nurse, Teacher, Police man/woman civil servant on the whole makes monthly? Out of their pittance pay they have to pay their cell electricity bills, buy gas for cooking and their car water,cable, food shopping, medication Oh dear they can hardly go out for a quiet dinner with friends husband boyfriend no travel allowance entertainment ah no no. Okay I'm done do not want to think about it I'm really pissed off.

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    • Very true. The people who risk their lives for us everyday. What about the garbage man who risks his health daily to help keep our island clean? Don't you think Mr. Prime Minister you should give them a better minimum wage? Let's say start $1000.00?

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  22. why dont the persons with these exuberant salaries ie government ministers and ps take a wage frezze and give civil servants what they are askin for they dont need anymore money with all them allowances and stuff they getting. why cant the hard workers of the country enjoy the fruits of their labour ( massa day aint dead ?)

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  24. He received $651.61 more than you. lol that's no big difference. You are getting a damn fat salary lady while poor people continue to suffer in this country.

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  26. This is soo crazy, poor people are suffering in st.Lucia, working hard and their salaries are still below the bread line. The health system in st lucia needs serious adjustments and much improvements, and the press secretary is give entertainment allowance of $400. This comes from tax payers, who work so hard. What a shame on those government officals who give those priviledges.

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  28. Am sure ppl like this don't stretch out a dollar for the hungry ppl on the streets or make a donation to charity. Then again all man is for himself. Everything for yall is a damn money issue

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  30. In an attempt to clear the air Mrs Emmanuel you have justified Civil servants call for an increase in salaries and revealed how insulting that 0.00% offer really is and further more I believe its time that we negotiate to be renamed from "civil servants" to something a little less degrading.

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  32. WHY THE HELL THESE PEOPLE ARE PAID SO MUCH MONEY WHILE THE POOR PEOPLE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES AND THEIR HEALTH EVERY DAY ONLY GET PAID A MEASLY WAGE. THAT FAT SALARY AND SO MUCH ALLOWANCES? THAT'S JUST SO UNFAIR!

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  34. when jadia was campaigning like her life depended on slp's victory i guess he life did depend on it. better days for who? all those in big positions get bigger positions and the poor ppl can only STEP, SMILE or LEAP. lil bounce and draws, is that really employment or are they just fooling the ppl. with a salary like that now i understand why she talks so much. most vocal ps ever. u have $8000 worth of talking to do so parlay tan

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  36. How much "press" is there in SLU for a press secretary to be earning over 8 grand per month?

    What are the job description of a press secretary....it looks like money is flowing in SLU for a press secretary to be earning that much.....

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  38. We really need to see a job description that justifies such a salary and gratuity!

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  40. Smh! That's a damn good salary if you tell me.

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  42. Seriously i never thought the pm press secretary makes so much money....

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  44. OMG if a press secretary makes so much money how much then are Ministers and making.. my goodness...on top of that yall put a 30% wage increase for yall self and offering poor public servants 000? what is this. Ms. Pierre-Emmanual for having such courage to publish your figures from all indications you are one of transparency...

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  46. Wow such big difference in salaries my dear! $400 for entertainment?? Really now?? Whether it be UWP or SLP that is way too much money being paid to these Press secretaries.. Nonsense and the poor will always remain poorer.

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  48. Minimum wage should at least be $1200.00 for the malayway if some people can get such a huge salary in these hard VAT times. These politicians do not care about the average St. Lucian. Both parties are the same. Some people work so damn hard to feed their families. These politicians do not care one bit.

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  50. Ok, my main concern with this is why the hell is any press officer being paid for entertainment, be it UWP or SLP. Why in these hard economic times should we pay one 400.00 for entertainment and 450.00 for phone allowance.. I wrked for one of the mobile companies and to my knowledge there are plans that are much cheaper than said amount. In addition, why is she being given this telephone allowance.when there are co-operate plans offered to most organizations from both companies. It is such a shame that one person can be paid so much for miscellaneous expenses and civil servant who do much more than her in a day, be given 0 0 0 and a shameful 1000 bonus. Tell me if this makes sense and does Kenny and Co care?

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  52. wow i wish i had a salary like that wow now i see weh my vat going!!! what do you need $400 for entertainment for and ppl like me hv to pay $20+ to karib cable for VAT only!!! smh better days only came for you!!

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  54. HERE ARE THE FACTS? RIGHT! MORL LIKE "HERE'S A SLAP IN YOUR FACE". DISPITE THE SMALL DIFFERENCES IN THE SALARIES YOU ARE MAKING MUCH MORE THAN THE AVERAGE CIVIL SERVANT OR PRIVATE WORKER. WE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF NOT KNOWING.

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    • Yes. We would have been better off not knowing ms Press Secretary but you were so intent on justifying that you get paid less than the former PS that you ended up strengthening civil servants cry for their long overdue increase! Civil servants stand by your word and go on strike if need be. Both political parties are guilty of paying a PS so much money while the poor people suffer.

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  56. I hope you all understand why UWP and SLP are not for the us. As long as we allow them to ride our backs, draw big slaries, post it online and in the news, while so many poor people in our country don't know what they are going to eat, St Lucia you have a problem on your hands for voting for them year in and year out.

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  58. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT FOR POOR PEOPLE.
    YOU ALL ARE ACTUALLY GETTING PAID FOR ENTERTAINMENT WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT EVEN MAKING FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH?
    AND ON TOP OF THAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO GIVE
    CIVIL SERVANTS 0.00% INCREASE. WHAT THE HECK CAN WE DO WITH THOSE THREE SPOILT EGGS?
    WITH ALL THAT V.A.T IN PLACE THE PS, MINISTERS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL BE ABLE TO EAT FOOD CAUSE THEY'RE THE ONLY ONES WHO NEED INCREASES. IN MY OPINION EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE FOR GOD AND KICK Y'ALL SORRY ASSES BACK TO POVERTY.

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  60. So childish-both you and the UWP-

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    • Jim you will find it childish but i am sure you have a big job and drive a big car and that is if you are not kenny him self, look there are st lucians with masters and are working for 3000 per month just to put food un the table so get real, people have real problems in this country and that is not funny.

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  62. Not much difference in salary. I would love to get such a salary because that is what the average worker need to survive in this place.

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  64. The opposition need to do their maths right!!!!!! I should get them a calculator....

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