Below is a statement from the Saint Lucia Labour Party circulated to all media houses
Six days after Prime Minister Kenny D. Anthony revealed in his address to the nation (February 27) the huge numbers of persons employed by the King administration without the approval of the Public Service Commission, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) calls on the Leader of the Opposition to provide a justification for this unprecedented inflation in government’s wage bill which took place under his watch.
The SLP contends that King and other UWP spokespersons have introduced the name “consultants” to describe all persons who were not employed through the Public Service. Using the UWP’s own terminology, Prime Minister Anthony revealed that over 141 such persons were employed by the UWP administration while Stephenson King was prime minister. In the Ministry of Finance alone, 42 such persons were employed at salaries as high as $20,000 and $16800, placing their basic salaries well above $12,831 which is the maximum allowed in the government’s salary scale.
Since Opposition Leader Stephenson King was leading the charge against consultants, the SLP calls on him to break his six-day silence on this matter and provide the public with an explanation of his double standards, and what can only be described as reckless behavior while he was the country’s minister of finance.