Chastanet: “I am not going to fire anybody!”

Chastanet: “I am not going to fire anybody!”

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has declared that a proposed re-engineering of the public service does not mean that people will be given their marching orders.

“It’s not about firing people. I am not going to fire anybody,” Chastanet told reporters today.

But he asserted that there is need to get more out of the $450 million that is being spent on salaries for public servants.

“The only way you can do that is by reorganizing and by training so that people are better equipped to perform their duties,” the Prime Minister said.

He disclosed that what he is looking to assess where the talents of people are and put them in the best possible locations.

“Things that we believe can be better done by the private sector, let the private sector do them,” Chastanet stated, adding that this country cannot continue to maintain entities that are losing money.

According to the Prime Minister, if any money is going to be borrowed it must be ensured that the cash contributes to economic growth.

He also underscored the need to resolve the matter of Saint Lucia’s debt, explaining that the highest expenditure issue that the country has is debt.

Chastanet told reporters that this country is spending some $180 million annually in debt financing, a sum that continues to grow.

“What makes that difficult is what you have borrowed the money for has not generated growth, so it’s a double whammy – you are not getting anything back for that money, it’s just an expense,” the Prime Minister told reporters.

“We have a situation at St Jude, we have a situation at Owen King in which they are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars of expenditure that we are going to have to incur, so there is no fiscal space,” Chastanet explained to reporters.

 

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20 Comments

  1. Express please
    February 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Sooooooo he say

  2. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm Reply

    except step and nice workers

  3. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    qnd RSL and TOURIST BOARD WOKERS

  4. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm Reply

    express please i so agree, .

  5. E
    February 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

    M

  6. L12
    February 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm Reply

    O

  7. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm Reply

    So what is going to happen to the nice programe couse ppl a working under presure not knowing what will happen come april

    1. The Crow
      February 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply

      Bloody right! They too were celebrating. Take that!

    2. Anonymous
      February 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply

      You guys atill asking what will happen to nice and step???really someone has to tell u???

  8. The Crow
    February 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply

    This statement makes absolutely no sense! The fact is the public purse has gotten bigger with this government . . . employed more ministers and consultants and PS’s. The public sector has not shrunk at all and so our spending for salaries are uncontrollably high.

    The Chas has stated “I am not going to fire anybody” and he continued ” . . .there is need to get more out of the $450 million that is being spent on salaries for public servants . . . Things that we believe can be better done by the private sector, let the private sector do them.” Additionally, he stated “. . . that this country cannot continue to maintain entities that are losing money.”

    If you are not going to fire any one, but what does he mean by “Things that can be done by the private sector, let the private sector do them”? Does it mean departments will be shut down or persons within departments be retrenched? Thereby allowing the private sector to perform the duties?

    If you are not going to fire anyone, how is the government going to cut on the spending on salaries? Even though persons are retrained so government can get optimum performance, the fact still remains that these persons will have to be paid. Maybe with the training persons may even be promoted and given raises.

    Mr. Chas, tell us how is your government going to tackle our debt. Your campaign promise was to cut debt by HALF. HOW are you going to accomplish that?

  9. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

    Nobody gets fired, your post is made redundant through restructuring!

  10. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm Reply

    Things hard. What is the plan? Do you think there was one? Not in my wildest dream, only his dream came true to help his associates who had lived lavishly and is now feeling the crunh of the world economic crisis at the expense of the middle and lower class, but then that is what St. Lucians wanted.

    He has no answers or solutions but speaks whatever comes out of his mouth. Time is already telling if we have not been listening or watching.

  11. Concerned Mother
    February 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm Reply

    Things hard. What is the plan? Do you think there was one? Not in my wildest dream, only his dream came true to help his associates who had lived lavishly and is now feeling the crunh of the world economic crisis at the expense of the middle and lower class, but then that is what St. Lucians wanted.

    He has no answers or solutions but speaks whatever comes out of his mouth. Time is already telling if we have not been listening or watching.

  12. Mercy
    February 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm Reply

    Double edge sword Chas

  13. Mercy
    February 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Good for the nice workers. They fought against the government that put food on their plates. Some of them were relieved from their stress. Remember the story of the greedy dog? They bit the finger that was feeding them. Choopzz tan. Now they scratching their heads and biting their nails.

  14. giffren
    February 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Explain to the public what u are currently doing to the slaspa staff persons are losing their jobs in the name of politics u listen to a bunch of consultants they will help u ruin the country the more degree holders the worst the economy go on lord have mercy I won’t be surprise this country have major migration

  15. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 11:14 pm Reply

    At some point, the Prime Minister will have to sit quietly and calculate the cost of his administration: the number of Cabinet Ministers, the number of ambassadors, etc, and the number of special appointees. One of the issues that will plague his approach to governance, is his failure to appoint a Deputy Speaker, in favour of appointing a Minister in HIS Ministry, with responsibility for Foreign Affairs. All of this adds up to dollars and cents. A Deputy Speaker is already an elected MP and does not receive the salary of a Minister. Rationalisation is necessary.

  16. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm Reply

    One of the things we have to watch is the behaviour do self promoters and unprincipled individuals who crowd any new Prime Minister after a general election, in order too seek personal favours. They do so boldly and under a subtle threat that if they are not favoured, they will “screw up” the Government. Some of them jump from one political side to another in order to be “in it”. When this happens, there is always a cost to the tax payers. Now, we suspect this Government want to privatise certain services. Look to see who are the “tarzans” involved. And we broke. Yeah right!

  17. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Should read: the behaviour of self promoters……

  18. Bulldog
    February 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Not firing people huh! So why is that your Mayor of Castries victimizing people by sending them home for no reason. First he sends people on leave and when they return they are given their marching papers. Tell me if this is right Mr Chastanet

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