Saint Lucia is in need of a modern pension system for public servants, according to United Workers Party (UWP) Senator and candidate for Castries South Mary Isaac.
Isaac said the current pension system does not adequately cater for public servants and as such, some further plans should be made to modernise the system, which will ensure that everyone benefits.
“We have a pension’s programme where you have three different types of pensions within one country. I am saying that we need to look at something that is more equitable,” Isaac said at a UWP press conference held today (Dec.3).
The UWP politician is not open to the idea that someone should have worked for a certain number of years before they can get benefit from a pension. Rather, Isaac, who is a former President of the Civil Service Association (CSA), believes that there should be a social safety net for everyone.
She also touched on the increment system for public servants that previously existed.
Through this system, individual employees and groups were rewarded for their extraordinary performance annually. This was however suspended a few years ago by government.
“In the past increment system, you would do an appraisal and based on that, you would get something. Right now public servants have no reward mechanism in the public service to look forward to,” she added.
Isaac said that this issue was brought up at two different negotiation meetings between the CSA and government, but on each occasion, they refused to even look at the proposal.