PM: No proposals for civil servants pay cuts

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that there are no proposals on the table for any pay cuts for civil servants.

“There is absolutely no proposal on the table that I know of – and I am the minister of finance, for any pay cuts,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

He disclosed that there have been continuous talks about ways to strengthen the civil service and make more resources available to civil servants.

“We have lamented the fact that government’s budget has been depleted severely because monies that should be going to fixing roads, fixing the schools and even – I have spoken about the training of civil servants, have been cut,” Chastanet stated.

The Prime Minister noted that no policy adjustments were made to address the matter.

Chastanet asserted that the national economy is not big enough to cover the expenses that Saint Lucia has with the result that education, health care, the police and infrastructure are under financed.

“If we continue to increase taxes because we believe we are entitled to be able to make those expenditures,  we think that is going to come at the expense of investment,” the Prime Minister explained.

“When I hear people say – and they are right, “How can Chastanet be saying that the country is broke but at the same time he is lowering taxes?” Because the goal of our government and we have said it, is to double the GDP,” the Prime Minister said.

He noted that Saint Lucia must be made more attractive for there to be  not only foreign direct investment but regional and local investment as well.

According to Chastanet, people can be encouraged to invest if they have confidence that once they spend their money there will be a return.

He said that is the reason why his administration is trying to put more money in the pockets of the people so that they have  consumption power.

The Prime Minister said that the response of the President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Yvonne Edwin, when questioned last week by reporters on the matter of civil service cuts was appropriate.

“She has not heard anything or seen anything and the reason why she had not heard or seen anything is because there is nothing,” Chastanet declared.

The Prime Minister recalled having said repeatedly in the past that his government’s intention is to help improve the productivity of the civil service.

He explained that if there is going to be any downsizing of the civil service it will be by attrition.

“The first part is to create a process change – that’s what we call the re-engineering of the civil service, with the idea of maybe being able to get people to have higher salaries but less people, but it is going to be done through attrition,” Chastanet disclosed.




  1. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Stop trying to fool st.Lucians. You’re talking about ATTRIBUTION and think st.lucians do not know what this means? Very sad state of affairs in st.lucia

  2. Calvin
    April 19, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Attrition does not work,

    It only encourages those that have many years of service and seniority to cling onto their jobs while not being willing to become more productive, choking off the new talent that wants to do things better.

    Long story short, the older fat cats stay.

    The article says, “Chastanet asserted that the national economy is not big enough to cover the expenses that Saint Lucia has with the result that education, health care, the police and infrastructure are under financed.”

    That is an indirect way of admitting that the PS is fat and slack — too many middle levels of management.

    The middle level of government management doesn’t generally contribute on a proportionate basis in so far as what they spend of their salaries back into the economy compared to the private sector. Their saving go into banks off-shore and shopping/vacation trips off-shore.

    There is a fiscal imperative to trim the government’s organizational chart, particularly the fat middle.

    It is time for our government to show courage in making the tough decisions in curbing our spending on the bureaucratic, so-called “back-office” operations of government, while bolstering the “front office” — the front office being what the public sees as services — the police, the teachers, the doctors, the nurses, the fire service.

    1. Anonymous
      April 20, 2017 at 8:24 am

      All this will do is widen the income inequality gap – something that cant afford to happen in especially developing countries like st.lucia.

  3. Jacques Boucle
    April 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Prime Minister Chastanet seems clueless as to how to resuscitate the economy. His mind is still bent on the outdated supply side economic theory which states that by reducing taxes the economy will grow. Sir, many countries have adopted your antiquated economic method just to find out that they are in worst shape. Mr. Prime Minister, you have been elected to a job that is way beyond your capability. Please do yourself a favor by resigning immediately and let a competent person take over the reign.

    1. Anonymous
      April 20, 2017 at 8:28 am

      reduction of tax is a political game that politicians play to secure their terms in office. What about the welfare of the citizens? Why not bring citizen who are below poverty line as close to the line as possible and prevent others from sinking to absolute poverty? The very programme designed to do this was cut.

  4. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    ATTRITION:- the gradual reduction of a workforce by employees’ leaving and not being replaced rather than by their being laid off.

    ATTRITION:- the action or process of gradually reducing the strength or effectiveness of someone or something through sustained attack or pressure

  5. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    ATTRITION:- wearing down, wearing away, weakening, debilitation, enfeebling, sapping, attenuation; gradual loss

  6. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Does he believe we are all idiots in this country? If people are sent home through “attrition” it is still job cuts no matter ow you slice it!

  7. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    PM is right; some of us St Lucians, dont want to work, dress up in pencil heels and tight skirts, O by the way …as for the men O boy James bond movies, tight pants for men and tight shirts, all day long on a phone ,,,, no work is being done , and my tax payers money have to pay them, if u dont want to work; go home…

  8. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Time ti get rid of them…. play they going to school .. to get MB , MM BS, and wat ever and want some big salary Scale, now dont get me wrong;….. but at the end of the day do the dam Job; dont sit ….. and expect to get pay; is about time some thing happen, country running on a dam go slow…(Words deleted)

  9. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    so true

  10. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Since 2 to 3 yrs now the offices of the planning, and the post office, and also the post office u people know the office have mold, but nonproblem , works was going onof course; because your party was in power then , so now this goverment in power, not 1 yr yet problems Mold every where ;;;;; who ever is the culprit is doing this would have to go home; and letcthe former goverment pay u; bunch of dumies , stupid , and foolish people this Island, will for ever be that backward Island because of some Educated Jackass………….

  11. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    All these red eye ppl suddenly turn economist, where were these buffoons over the past couple years,u would have thought they would have given Kenny all the solutions to the economic disaster that he’s left st Lucia with,but they silence were deafining,all of a suddenly they are all economist.What a bunch of all have to see Chas take this island to higher hights and be accounterbl to st lucians.

  12. Anonymous
    April 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    So true. The SLP never took any responsibility.

    1. Anonymous
      April 20, 2017 at 8:22 am

      when we as a people will understand this isnt about SLP or UWP then we will reap better rewards. Our country will grow and our standard of living will raise. Too bad some of you are still stuck on colours.

  13. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I think this is a great idea. And for the idiots who do not understand what attrition is y’all shud shut up. There are ppl resigning from their jobs all the time,he is simply saying that wen this happens the post will no be filled n in the long run resulting in a lower workforce.dum dums

    1. Calvin
      April 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Exactly, yes you are right.

      Unfortunately, in the interim, the PS is saddled with too many passengers (middle-management and senior management).

      This particular demographic is selfish. Many are has-been’s, stuck in a culture of old-school entitlement, and, let’s all be honest with each other on this, that should have been put to pasture years ago. Public servants hired 15, 20, and 25 years ago implicitly think that they have a job-for-life and are of an economically privileged so-called “snack-bracket” or “pay grade”.

      We mostly all know what they will jealously hang on to and not admit — they hang on as long as they can and continue to provide minimal value-added.

      It only propagates the degradation of our nation’s debt obligations. Like any debt obligation, similar to a car loan, it can be called in at any time.

      Rather than taking an approach of ,’ Don’t worry, it’s okay, they’ll eventually leave,,,” we could instead be fostering and growing the young talent, our leaders of tomorrow. For continuity of corporate knowledge, succession planning, and knowledge management, this would necessitate a structured approach to growing and mentoring our leaders of tomorrow through mentoring and a process of anticipatory hiring that allows for knowledge transfer (i.e. corporate memory not recorded that will simply walk out the door and that we will pay for re-hiring them as consultants to re-feed us what we already paid for them to learn) while building in for an orderly, measurable and results-based evolution of the public service ranks with respect to daily operations through to budget fundamentals such as salary forecasting.

      Such a planned evolution would affirm our fiscal realities.

      And, yes, it would require leadership where there might be unpopular decisions required that bear in mind the longer term interest in our nation’s economic sustainability in what is now, increasingly, a globally dynamic reality.

      We live in a very vibrant, functional democracy in which we can all engage and of which we can ask questions and get involved in solutions-oriented collaboration towards a path-forward for our nation. One can ask more at:

      Cabinet Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister
      Tel: (758) 468-2115

      Office of the Prime Minister

      1. Anon1
        April 21, 2017 at 8:47 am

        We have no LEADERSHIP!

        We live in a functional democracy which part!

        Why did have to take a leak for this administration to disclose (well the leak did that) the EXTREMELY important contract surrounding DSH.

        I ask myself this question. If the contract wasn’t leaked would this administration have disclosed it to the Nation?!

        We live in a democracy why wasn’t or isn’t the DSH project in it entirety be debated in the House!

        My learned gentleman Calvin, one would like to know what your definition of “vibrant democracy” is?

        P.S. I am neither Red or Yellow

  14. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Tired of them lazy civil servants that believe they alone need work,while they don’t care about the people of this country with their lazy attitudes withing those government office . leave it to me I fire all you all . these people never know what’s going on but their salary interest and to hell with everybody. Do your damn job for ppl to rally behind you,just don’t cry every year for money

  15. Anonymous
    April 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Same way u said sandy beach in vfort would not be touched and that the nice Program would continue .(Words deleted)

  16. smh
    April 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Mate just learning to be in goverment i do understanf how mate can run a country wat a shame poor jab st lucia poor jab

  17. Anonymous
    April 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    The island is in a state of shock the capitalist crooks and the elite have all the wealth whiles people like me have nothing the harder i work the rich crooks send their children to university to be lawyers and doctors whiles the poor work at hotel serveing white people or working a dead end job Chastanet giving away our patrimony guy talking nonsense ubaltus soliciting sex in the office gale and fortuna are in a gay relationship

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