Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre has accused the current Allen Chastanet administration of firing numerous workers and professionals in the most undignified manner.
Pierre told a news conference today that in so doing, the current government in its first one hundred days in office has shown that it is the most vindictive United Workers Party (UWP) regime ever.
Delivering the Saint Lucia’s Labour Party (SLP) preliminary assessment of the government’s first one hundred days in office, the opposition leader asserted that a number of campaign promises made by the UWP were unfulfilled.
Pierre recalled that the UWP when in opposition assessed the state of the country and offered its “Five to Stay Alive’ which would be implemented immediately upon assuming office.
Assessing what was achieved he noted that nothing has happened to achieve the promise of the immediate reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), while instead of a promised fifty percent reduction in vehicle licence fees, there was a fifty percent reduction of the increase.
Pierre said nothing has changed in the school feeding and transportation subsidies, despite a UWP campaign promise to double them.
He recounted that Allen Chastanet had described as being very dear to his heart, a targeted amnesty on hospital fees owed to Victoria and St Jude Hospital.
“Nothing has been done,” the SLP leader declared, adding that the same was true for a promise to remove personal property tax for a period of three years
“The UWP Government promised that there would be no more STEP in Saint Lucia. The Prime Minister described STEP as disgusting, demeaning and degrading. He claimed that women were ashamed to engage in STEP and would hide when doing so. Yet, the only action that the UWP has undertaken to stimulate economic activity is to undertake a national STEP as the Caretaker Programme,” Pierre asserted.
He declared that what was worse was that the programme has been used by the Government as a tool of political discrimination, with only UWP Parliamentarians and losing candidates allowed to recommend workers.
“It appears that the promised ‘ching ching’ is for only UWP supporters and not all Saint Lucians,” Pierre told this morning’s news conference.
He noted that the UWP made numerous promises and the electorate gave them a chance to deal with the challenges by electing them.
“The campaign is over it is now time for governing,” the SLP leader stated.
He said the Prime Minister cannot continue to lament that these are difficult times.
“The people of Saint Lucia know that. It is time to deal with the business of Government and stop stating the obvious.”