PRESS RELEASE – Judging from the relentless personal attacks on the character of the President of the Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac, along with the scorched-earth policy of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and its operatives, in their attempt to resolve the current impasse between the government and the CSA, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has called upon Dr. Kenny Anthony to demand that his party and supporters refrain from their reprehensible public assault on the civil service.
According to the LPM, the SLP should be ashamed of itself given its historic relationship with the trade union movement in the country, which eventually led to its founding in 1949, and the fact that, for decades, it has been able consistently to rely on union support to cripple and oust governments, as was successfully done in 1979.
The LPM states that it was as a result of this support that Dr. Anthony was able to rise to political prominence when a victorious SLP changed the constitution of Saint Lucia to accommodate him in the new government, thus making him the youngest minister and minister for education ever to serve in any Saint Lucian administration prior to 1979.
The LPM finds it quite disturbing that the same Dr. Anthony, who has personally benefited from the sacrifices of the trade union movement and who has developed an insatiable addiction to power, which today makes him the nation’s second-longest-serving prime minister, would not even lift a finger to intervene in his party’s brutal assault on Isaac and the public service unions as a whole.
The LPM is adamant that that there can be no resolution of the crisis unless there is a serious awakening within the SLP which acknowledges how terrible Dr. Anthony has been both as the leader of the party and as the prime minister of Saint Lucia.
An ethical leader, the LPM contends, does not trash the very unions which once formed the bedrock of support for his party and would have intervened from as early as 1997–2006 when, as prime minister, it was clear to him that Saint Lucia’s debt-to-GDP ratio had surpassed the dangerous threshold of 60 percent.