STATEMENT – In several interviews appearing in the evening news on Monday, June 23, 2014, both Allen Chastanet, Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) and Ms. Mary Isaac, President of the Civil Service Association (CSA), told the nation that wages and salaries will be cut in July.
Mary Isaac went further to say that an “order” has been given to the treasury to cut wages and salaries in July and that if salaries are cut in June/July, public servants will protest.
The Government of Saint Lucia wishes to state that the statements by Allen Chastanet and Mary Isaac are false. No such order has been given to cut wages and salaries.
Currently, the Government is seeking to engage public sector unions, civil society and members of the public to inform the nation of the economic situation, what has been done to address the fiscal deficit and the options available to deal with this untenable situation. The Government will continue to update the public on the status of discussions and Government’s actions to deal with the crippling fiscal imbalance.
It is now clear that Allen Chastanet and Mary Isaac are on a campaign to stir up discord and confusion among public sector workers and the nation. Given that the future of Saint Lucia is what is at stake, the Government urges the Opposition and the CSA President to cease from spreading false information to the public.
Only on Monday, a Press Release was issued by the Office of the Prime Minister, advising the public that the Government has decided to yield to the requests of public sector unions and activate the Government Negotiating Team (GNT).
It is puzzling that such statements would be made by Allen Chastanet and echoed by Mary Isaac. These comments are untrue, irresponsible and misleading and should be withdrawn.