SLP wants recall of NICE termination letters

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) wants the recall of termination letters that were issued to National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) workers, until adequate employment can be found for them.

SLP leader, Philip J. Pierre told a news conference this morning that his party considers the termination of  the workers at this time to be wicked and malicious.

The workers have been issued letters indicating that their contracts will not be renewed at the end of this month.

Pierre  told reporters  that his party is in support of all the NICE workers.

According to Pierre, the SLP believes that the terminations represent yet another act of vindictiveness and victimisation by the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) against those they perceive  to be political opponents.

“In their effort at softening their cruelty, the UWP has attempted to paint the NICE programme as one where the labour party rewarded its supporters,” the SLP leader told this morning’s news conference, adding that this was clearly stated by the Minister for Equity.

Pierre quoted the minister as having said that  90 percent  of the NICE workers were supporters of the SLP and there would be no political fallout.

“Imagine, the livelihoods of hardworking Saint Lucians being measured in terms of political fallout,” the opposition leader declared.

He said no argument about whether the programme was temporary or was not in keeping with the original concept is acceptable when thousands of hardworking Saint Lucians are depending on a NICE job to be able to care for their children,pay their medical bills and buy food for their families.

“If  NICE is temporary, to be replaced when more employment is created, the question is : Has the UWP government  created any new employment to absorb the NICE workers or anyone for that matter?” Pierre asked.

He said if  NICE was not in keeping with the original plan,  the question is whether the programme is providing a valuable service to the country and the impact on the community is not worthy of the continuation of the initiative.

Pierre declared that the SLP will not remain quiet while thousands of Saint Lucians are made to cry.




  1. Anonymous
    March 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Is that how chastanet came to put money in the pockets of black peopIe derreausseau do u all have money in your pockets we st lucians have to pay a heavy price for being so backward in our thinking no wonder that we are so poor after 400 years of slavery

  2. Anonymous
    March 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm


    1. Anonymous
      March 2, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Did they have money in their pockets when slp was there now you sound so back back back

  3. Anonymous
    March 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    According to Pierre, the SLP believes that the terminations represent yet another act of vindictiveness and victimisation by the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) against those they perceive to be political opponents.
    While growing up my grand mother had a saying.
    and right now it is proving itself true .
    Pep keep talking about vindictiveness and victimisation
    who is the chief cook and bottle washer when it comes tovindictiveness and victimisation
    I was victimized by pep, my daughter was denied a Cuban schol, my friends were, contractors were,
    i can mention names but i want to meet pep face to face, to let him know i still survived ans surviving but he is no longer a minister he is on the opposite side

  4. Shanta
    March 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I wanted a job I never got it only labour that working in the nice program they should have mix the people both are the same they have to united with each other both thinking the same way

  5. Anonymous
    March 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    It’s amazing who is crying fowl now. For four years the people who supported the opposition didn’t get a chance to earn some money and it was OK. Please let us all be fair in distributing jobs to the people. No one sided thing

  6. Anonymous
    March 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    That man can really bark.he Good as opposition it’s what labour does best anyway.its a training program and others not getting an opportunity to earn a salary like them.

  7. Anonymous
    March 2, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    SLP never felt they needed to answer to st.lucians about anything they left and never answered.nice is a training program not a job and Pierre what about smiles what happened to that program huh. Don’t get me started cause all of you are the same

  8. P
    March 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    That’s a lie there’s a lady by my home that’s uwp

  9. P
    March 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    And she works with nice

  10. Sad-But-True
    March 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    So the NICE workers aren’t t.werking anymore, huh. So the reality of their choices have now hit them in the face and landed at door.
    After 400 years of Slavery, what did you expect from your You slaves never learn. I don’t feel sorry for you.

  11. Nemiah
    March 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I for one always believe the only time you get solutions to problems in this country from slp is when they in opposition. They get to know everything overnight. They know how to solve every problems, all the brilliant ideas they have it forgetting they were in power 4 five years.Philip am really tired to your scar tatics it has never worked before and will not now. All of you should be bowing you all heads in shame.Remember all of u did worst during elections last year, and we the ppl responded handsomely. So Philip continue to blow your hot air my frd.

  12. Anonymous
    March 4, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Hey pip. While you’re digging up all this dirt mind answering all the questions the people had for you when you were in power. What’s going on with the jufali affair