The United Workers Party is calling on the Government of Saint Lucia to clarify the status of Mrs. Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister and Mr. Winston Springer (Ag) to the Prime Minister. Saint Lucians have the understanding that Mr. Springer was hired to the post of Ag. Press Secretary to the Prime Minister due to the sudden illness of the holder of the substantive post.
In a August 29th Press Statement issued by the Party in which we extended goodwill to Mrs. Jn. Pierre we expressed the wish that: the Press Secretary would respond “positively to the medical treatment being administered so as to enable her to return to her official duties as soon as is humanly possible”.
The United Workers Party understands that Mrs. Jadia Jn. Pierre, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister has been hosting a Government Program entitled: “In Touch” on Wednesday evenings on a radio station based in the south of the island. During this program Mrs. Jn Pierre conducts interviews with the Prime Minister. Mrs. Jn Pierre served as host of the weekly program during the latest program of Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.
Considering the fact that Mrs. Jn Pierre appears to have returned to official duties, we are forced to ask on behalf of the tax payers of this country for clarification regarding the continued retention of Mr. Winston Springer in the post of Ag. Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. The notion of an acting appointment in this context was understood to be a temporary appointment conditional on the recovery and return to work of Mrs. Jn Pierre. The fact that Mrs. Jn Pierre is now hosting a weekly Government program suggest that she is back on the job.
Therefore the United Workers Party is seeking clarification on why it is that the Government continues to pay two salaries for the execution of the duties of one position. Further why is it that Mr. Winston Springer, a political appointee has been placed within the offices of the Government Information Service? Clearly, the potential for contamination of the work of the Government Information Service is glaring. This concern is justified in our knowledge that Mr. Springer recently attempted to have a story of a political nature carried on a GIS news program. His attempt was rebuffed by GIS staffers who insisted that the item should not feature in the GIS news.
Mindful of the current period of economic adjustment we expect that the Government of Saint Lucia will see the need to clarify the status of Mrs. Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel and Mr. Winston Springer as Press Secretary and Press Secretary (Ag) respectively. It is our hope that the Government will do the right thing and relieve tax payers of burden of having to pay two salaries for the same job.
Government cannot continue to call on Saint Lucians to make sacrifices while it continuously indulges in blatant excesses.