Where is the compassion Mr. Prime Minister?

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Dear Editor: As a civil servant it was very disheartening to hear our prime minister propose to pay civil servants in 50-percent cash and the remaining 50 percent in government bonds!

I wondered is he tone dead? Isn’t he aware that a great percentage of the population is deemed unemployed? It means that civil servants are the sole breadwinners in many households. Many civil servants pay mortgages, student loans, and vehicle loans. Can we pay these in government bonds?

Has the prime minister ascertained whether the banks have operationalized the proclaimed moratoriums? Bank of Saint Lucia certainly has not! Therefore, the mortgage has to be paid, the groceries have to be bought and the bills, well….

I am grateful that the TUF (Trade Union Federation) stood out and represented civil servants, particularly those of us who have found ourselves at the mercy of not only COVID-19 but our banks and seemingly our government!

I urge the government to be empathetic to the supposed middle class too! We are among the frontline workers and the teachers who use their devices and internet to reach out to the thousands of children at home.

I would also like to urge the banks to deliver what you so eagerly promised! We need it if we are to survive the uncertainty and challenge of the coming months. Put out there the compassion you promised!

Concerned citizen

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  1. SOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT. IMAGINE IF ALL CIVIL SERVANTS WERE TO GET A LAYOFF LETTER? HOW WOULD YOU GUYS FEEL. SOME PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A SALARY AND THEY DON'T COMPLAIN AS MUCH AS YALL LAZY ASS HIGH HEEL CIVIL SERVANTS. DOING NOTHING ALL DAY BUT SCHOOL WORK AND WALKING IN TOWN. IS THAT WHAT YALL WANT TO GET FULL SALARY FOR? GOSH MAN. THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING, HE IS PROTECTING, HE IS HELPING

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  2. You see those Government workers, I am sick of hearing complaints for money. Everyone is money money money. God is working for his reasons. Let the Minister do what he is suppose to do. I feel he has kept a lot of your butts from getting sick which you deserve. Accept the changes and just keep calm it will be alright. Not one post to give the Minister a little praise to warm his heart from his tiredness trying to fight to keep us safe. You should be blessed you can go to a next door neighbor and ask for green figs or hold a loose chicken and eat. The world is in a state and people cannot drink a glass of water. WTH. I am sick of everyone complaining. God is in control 🙏

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    • When unions successfully negotiate on behalf of private sector workers its all over the news 10% increase, backpay, benefits, better working conditions etc etc nobody says a word, nobody complains but once civil servants negotiate for better working condtions, salary increase etc people complain why? Remember NIC they went on strike they wanted 14% salary increase, BOSL had a sick out they wanted a salary increase the list goes on.

      We all go to the supermakets, obtain loans, have debts are civil servants debts different from private sector workers? We all pay VAT, taxes, contribute to the economy.

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