WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: Government committed to the welfare of civil servants – PM Anthony

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WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: Government committed to the welfare of civil servants – PM Anthony
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.

Prime Minister Honourable Dr Kenny D Anthony says the Government of Saint Lucia is committed to the welfare of public sector workers.

Speaking on on-going public sector wage negotiations, Dr Anthony says while he understands the position of workers, requests for wage increases at this time are to be tempered with caution based on the seriousness of the tough economic situation of Saint Lucia.

He explains that any increase in wages to public servants will have to be borrowed resulting in the widening of the budget deficit of about $255 million.

“Whatever wage agreement that the government comes up with the Unions, at the end of the day will cost this country and we will have to borrow the money because we simply do not have the revenue to cope with it. Today this economy can sustain so much, tomorrow if  we go along with the demands and the economy collapses then the blame will be right at my feet and at my door,  so I constantly have to ensure that I take decisions that are in the interest of the country. This is not about the Saint Lucia Labour Party, this is about Saint Lucia and protecting the public interest. ”

However the Prime Minister says government welcomes the on-going negotiations between public sector unions and is committed to an amicable resolution.

He says the ongoing dialogue is essential to democracy.

“These are very difficult circumstances and theses negotiations will be difficult but neither party must move away from the negotiating process;  we have to stick to the negotiations and talk, exchange views and ideas until we come to a solution.”

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  1. The last increase given to public servants in 2008, although welcome was one I don't think we could have afforded. However since it was given, the public servants had a legitimate expectation that they would receive a similar increase this year, particularly with the introduction of VAT.

    But lets be fair. Does this rate of wage increase seem like something that St. Lucia can afford with the state of its economy?

    How many private sector companies in St.Lucia or anywhere are giving salary increases of 4-5% per year across the board like what the government is being asked to do.

    St. Lucia Government is made of up of a mix of very hard workers, persons who do the bare minimum, and persons who do no work at all. Does EVERY public servant deserve an increase?

    The Government should replace the non-productive public servants with some of the young people in St.Lucia who have been waiting ages for a job and give increases only to those who can show that they have worked hard.

    If we could do this without messing it up with party politics, then we can actually make some progress.

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  2. So you didn't see that coming when you were in opposition telling the then Prime Minister King to bite the bullet and pay them instead of asking your Labour ran unions to ask for less instead of the 14.2 they got. No you didn't because it benefited you and your cause at that time so now you must bite the bullet and pay. Because once the beast has been let loose it is very difficult to tame so deal with your beast that you let loose in 2008 ok.

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  3. you say the country don't have money, well that can always be solved if the ministers give back some of the money to help the economy. all the ministers that getting extravagant salaries and doing nothing and their press secreteries that getting a salarie of too much money for just running their mouth and all the perks that comes with it and also all the unnecessary travelling that the mnisters do wih all their plus one, two and three.the ministers dont pay for gas like the hard working people that put them there. If he so want to help the economy help the poor man because the ministers dont complain nor their press secretaries because they already have all the increase that we the REAL HARD WORKING people need

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  4. If it is not about the Saint Lucia Labour Party, then stop wearing the Star on your jacket and tie because it really makes you look partisan. You're suppose to be the PM of all the people.

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  5. You and your party promised hope and better days and i voted for you. Now i am asking for a salary increase to cushion the effects of VAT on an already struggling economy, and you insult me with a ZERO percent and refuse to budge. I do not see where you are in my best interest when you know whatever increase you offer, it will be reverting right into the government's account via VAT. Thanks for nothing.

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  6. Typical politicians! U n ur ministers were not aware of the global economic crisis when u were chanting better days are coming? The ppl who voted for better days are pregnant with hope so help them and deliver?

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