UWP denies austerity plans

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia –Saturday, May 21, 2016 – The United Workers Party wishes to alert the public, particularly our civil servants to be aware of a propaganda correspondence from an operative of the Labour Party, aiming to create panic among them.

The propaganda claims that the UWP will take austerity measures against them when elected. This is nothing short of heartlessness by this callous Labour operative to use our hard-working civil servants in their political mischief and is patently untrue.

The Labour Government has never been nice to our civil servants.

They will remember that it was Kenny Anthony’s Labour Government that recently attempted to secretly cut their salaries by 5 percent. They were then subsequently forced to accept a salary freeze.

Further, it must not be forgotten that it is the Labour Government that constantly overlooks career civil servants for senior positions within the service and parachutes their political operatives into these top positions.

Again, it was the Labour Government under the leadership of Kenny Anthony that made civil servants entering the service after 2003 non-pensionable.

Further still, our police officers have been demoralized; thanks to Kenny Anthony and his reckless statement concerning them in his public address on the IMPACS Report.

Finally, let us not forget that it was Kenny Anthony that referred to civil servants as being unproductive.
This is in direct contrast to UWP Governments that have always sought after the interest of our civil servants.

We provided them with a 14.3 percent salary increase – the highest recorded increase they have ever received. And we are on record as filling the top civil service positions with our career civil servants.

We want to assure all civil servants that we will continue our distinguished record of looking after their best interests when we form the next Government.

Finally, the UWP calls upon the operatives of the Labour Government to stop harassing our civil servants in your scramble for political gain.

The UWP believes that this latest Labour propaganda should be the last straw to break the little trust that our civil servants have left in this Labour Government and is further proof that the SLP is desperate enough to resort to anything to hold onto to the reins of power. –

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