The leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Philip J. Pierre, has declared that SLP supporters are not consistent enough in their fight for the party.
Pierre was addressing a gathering of employees of the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) on Saturday at the Gros Islet Secondary school.
“We never have time, we don’t spend the hours, we don’t do the house to house,” the SLP leader observed.
He said the SLP will do whatever it can to ensure that the situation with the terminated workers is reversed.
“The question is will you be there when we ask you to do what you have to do,” Pierre told stated.
He declared to applause from the gathering that at the crux of the NICE issue was the need to have a government that sees about the interests of the workers.
Pierre stated that while the main objective was to get back the jobs that have been terminated, the ultimate aim is for the SLP to regain power.
“You need us, but you voted for them,” the Castries East MP said.
He said that when the call comes to organise and mobilise, the NICE workers should not back off because they may have regained their employment due to pressure from the SLP.
“The important thing is that you have to have a government in power,” Pierre said.
”The excitement now is not necessary if the labour party was in government and all of us have a share of the blame. We didn’t do what we had to do, we didn’t work hard enough, we did not defend our party enough.”
The SLP leader asserted that as a result, everyone is suffering.
He quoted Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Lenard ’Spider’ Montoute, as having said that since ninety percent of NICE workers were SLP supporters, there would be no political fallout from their terminations.
“’Go to hell’ According to Spider,” Pierre told the gathering.
He said the workers can engage in their silent protest on their own using avenues such as Facebook and call in programmes.
In addition, Pierre said the workers can ask cabinet members questions about the NICE jobs that were terminated.