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!