The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has vowed to act by mobilising Saint Lucians should the government not revoke the 2.5 percent Health & Security levy.
Public Relations Officer Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute recalled at a news conference on Tuesday that it had been a while since the opposition called for the levy’s removal.
But the former Gros Islet MP noted there had been no government response.
As a result, Montoute said the UWP wanted to notify the government that they would have to heed the people’s pleas.
“If they refuse to act, then we will act,” he asserted regarding the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration.
“We will have to mobilise the people of Saint Lucia in their own best interests to take action if that is the only way the government will pay attention to their plight,” he stated.
Montoute reiterated the UWP’s call to the government to remove the 2.5 percent levy.
He noted that the measure was creating further hardship for the people of Saint Lucia.
According to the UWP official, the tax was an additional burden, especially on low-income households amid rising prices globally.
He also urged the government to consider the possibility of a further price hike due to the Israel-Hamas war.
“At this time, what is expected of a government with a conscience and compassion is that they take measures to ameliorate the suffering and hardship of our people,” the former MP declared.
Headline photo: Stock image of Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute