SLP to protect supporters against victimization

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre,  has spoken of the need to protect the persons who voted for the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) in the last elections against victimization.

“These equal sons and daughters of Saint Lucia require that we protect their interest and safeguard them against victimization and other hardships that the government may try to inflict on them because of their political affiliation, or because they reside in constituencies represented by SLP parliamentarians” Pierre declared.

He said however that the SLP intends to be the opposition for all Saint Lucians.

The SLP leader disclosed that the SLP looks forward to the formal opening of parliament.

Pierre made the pronouncement at his first news conference since assuming the role of leader of the parliamentary opposition.

He was accompanied at the conference by other SLP officials.

Former Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, was absent as a result of being overseas, it was reported.

The SLP leader asserted that the party will be vigilant and alert as it observes the government during what is likely to be a difficult and challenging time.

“We are fully cognizant of the weight of the responsibility which we now carry and we have no intention of failing in our duty to the people of our country,” Pierre told today’s news conference.

He noted that after the June 6, 2016 general elections here, Saint Lucia was greeted with the “troubling” news that the people of Britain had voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.

Pierre said the vote was already beginning to have a negative effect on this country’s economic outlook.

He explained that the continuing sharp drop in the value of the British pound will undoubtedly have a negative effect on tourism arrivals and spending by UK tourists.

“It is already impacting the value of pensions and other investments held by Caribbean nationals in the UK,” the opposition leader observed.

He asserted that these were early indications of the challenges that lie ahead and the realities of government after the excitement and promises of election campaigns.

Pierre said the SLP intends to bring its past experience in government as it plays its part in contributing to proper governance in this country.

“We are the oldest mass based organization in Saint Lucia,” the SLP leader declared.

He said the SLP knows and understands the rigours of opposition life.

Pierre disclosed that the SLP has always taken very seriously, its role of defending the workers and the poor, protecting Saint Lucia’s sovereignty and advancing democracy and development through hard work and ethical business practices.

He stated that the SLP in and out of government has always done what is best for Saint Lucia.


  1. Humm
    July 11, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Pierre you SLP guys are sick you employ all your hacks give them contracts on heals of election they should be fired. You all are too dishonest trying to call foul knowing you all give the AG contract till 2018. You all fools have nerve. Try a protest we will have a counter process.

  2. Amen
    July 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Does Pierre have a conscience, talking about possible victimization by the new administration. Victimization is one of the legacies of the Labour Government under Kenny.
    Is it only now that they are in opposition that you realize ALL of us are sons and daughters of saint Lucia?
    Victimization was so entrenched in the Labour Government, that some operatives, on occasions, did not even have to wait for directives from Kenny and the others.

    I have always been disgusted at the extent to which some Public Servants allowed themselves to be used by politicians to victimize even their own colleagues! Shameful!

    Our schools are loaded with ‘principals’ who are no more than party hacks with no leadership qualities, who frustrate teachers who care about their students. These ‘party hack principals’ do no more than kill the schools.

    What is that Pip, a psychological ploy?

  3. concern
    July 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Pierre you talking about victimization? The St Lucia Labour Party victimize so many people especially in the Babonneau communities. If you were a UWP supporter I could not get a job fro slp. Alvina had this lady in her office victimizing UWPS supporters, this lady would say to you , you are UWP and there for she would tell Alvina do not give you a job. How do you call that Mr Pierre? Now tell me the new government must shift those people to a different position and office.

  4. pankaiso
    July 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    i am neither a member of either party and have been vitimize so many times ,once you are a worker in this county be it be it either party in power you will be victimize , St Lucia is not ready yet

  5. Tom
    July 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    You guys were guilty of victimization, you all did ut now you all are afraid that the table will turn . We don’t operate that way. Please use your time to encourage your supporters to focus on building a better country not a party, country first. I recommend if supporter of both sides work as one and not listen to them politicians who are looking out for their interest. Be wise Saint Lucian, one love!

  6. It's time to get out.
    July 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    The same way you all fired the UWP supporters to make way for your people. Don’t you think it’s just for UWP to ensure the people who voted them in to do the Same. You all are to hypocrite. You all are so sick???

  7. Anonymous
    July 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    You know what you’ll did so now you fear it happening to your supporters….unbelievable you!!….I know exactly how you did it so don’t push the wrong buttons Mr Opposition and former Minister of infrastructure for SLP…. Unbelievable you!!

  8. Anonymous
    July 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Slp ministers n supporters were victimizing slp supporters much less….people get to work with this nonsense. …that’s one of the reasons why some people from slp voted against slp….some were riding too high…..hope the lessons are learnt….

  9. Anonymous
    July 12, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Pierre were you asleep for the last past years. Only now you want to work for the people of St. Lucia, I guess you were working for your pocket. I think we should leave you in opposition for the next 50 years to work in that capacity.