Opposition hits back at government over Sandals tax issue

Opposition hits back at government over Sandals tax issue

Press Release:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party is not surprised at the position of the United Workers Party government of putting foreign investors first to the detriment of local businessmen and ordinary Saint Lucians.

Every businessman and every working Saint Lucian is expected to pay all applicable taxes as mandated by the Inland Revenue Department. If there is a dispute then there is a process to resolve the disagreement. 

Why then should only Sandals enjoy UWP government’s intervention on its behalf? It is clear that the SLP government is not against foreign investors and definitely not against Sandals as evidenced by the generous incentives package granted to them in 2013. By its own admission the UWP, in its press release of September 7th 2017, acknowledges the SLP’s willingness to grant concessions to investors and Sandals.

This issue is not about incentives but rather about the UWP government’s blatant and unapologetic disregard for due process. The Inland Revenue Department assessed Sandals and determined that the government and people of Saint Lucia were owed 24 million dollars. The SLP maintains that if the process was followed, the matter would have been resolved either by the Tax Appeal Commission or the court as provided by law.

By intervening and granting the 100% waiver to Sandals, the UWP has removed any chance of collecting that money.

While other governments are willing to stand up for its people, the UWP government seems hell bent on giving away everything to the detriment of Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians.

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Hmmm…dnt know which one worse… Royalton or Sandals

  2. jeff
    September 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

    (Word deleted) labor

  3. JnPierre
    September 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Open letter to the Ministers of Labour and Tourism,
    Dear Sirs,
    I think that it is high time you turn your attention to a very disturbing, and I daresay potentially damaging trend in Saint Lucia with recent months. I am referring here to the ongoing scandals that seem to surround the Royalton Hotel.
    The latest involves another protest by workers, the second in mere months since the hotel has opened. This time a number of staff members were suspended. It’s all over the news already. But it is hardly the first, and I doubt the last time Royalton will be in the news.
    As soon as they came the local hotels were in an uproar over blatant poaching of staff, to the point where Karolin Troubetskoy from the CHTA had to issue a statement condemning the practice. But as usual, there was no respect for Saint Lucian workers and people, so guess what? They made all sorts of grand promises, none of which they have kept to workers. Instead reports are now emerging of workers being underpaid, abused and replaced by a steady influx of Mexicans. Should people be so allowed to treat our workers?
    Then we hear they had a problem with Lucelec because they decided to do their own thing, again no respect for our local practices and laws, and for weeks the hotel had power issues. Remember the elevator video?
    But it is the way they have misled hotel workers, many of whom had decent jobs at places owned by local business people, and then cast them aside. Are there to be no repercussions for this sort of behavior?
    Just listen to some of the feedback you have been getting on the blogs and social media from workers, who clearly are afraid to come public. Here’s some of what they say:
    “Staff are grossly underpaid, staff are terminated occasionally and replaced by Mexicans. When I speak of staff, department managers are included. The General Manager does not care about his employees.”
    “Royalton ! Staff are not being treated fairly up there AT ALL. I am speaking from experience. Supervisors yell at you how ever they feel like and HR will punish u instead.”
    “As a frequent visitor to St Lucia , I hate hearing about locals not being treated with the respect they deserve . They are such lovely people and part of what makes the island so special.”
    “They pay exploitative wages, want to overwork their skeleton local staff, employ outsiders (Mexicans) to replace rightfully complaining locals as these people are willing to work for pennies.”
    Don’t we have a responsibility to our people? The world is seeing what is going on here in Saint Lucia online, and do we want the world to say we allow these foreign people from Canada to come in here and feel they could treat our people however they want?
    No sirs not at all, check yourself Royalton!
    Over to you Minister Stephenson and Fedee.

  4. Truth
    September 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm Reply

    They should force all UWPees to work the backsides off to pay back all the Tax monies which Chastanet made Sandals keep, so that all the health services, Road infrastructure, Schools etc could be repaired and maintained. Afterall, it’s their boss Chastanet giving our monies as gifts to Sandals.

  5. R
    September 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh shut up

  6. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply

    The current administration should of let the IRD deal with this issue

  7. Truth
    September 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    En chew Bodah Chastanet. Chien!

  8. Annoyed
    September 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Enough of this back and forth with these so called leaders..red or yellow. The time has come to legislate that those who misuse our funds, I mean our head earned tax monies, be sent to jail, their assets confiscated, banned from holding public offices etc..until this is done, we will continue to go around in circles chasing imaginary things. One government threw away $EC24m, another one spends US$23m investigating one person. Tell me, where do they even get these monies? Their father’s? You all lucky youbare not in China? You would seen jail already?

  9. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 11, 2017 at 4:31 pm Reply

    SLP/UWP…meme bete, meme pwell! It’s the country’s money…give it back.

  10. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 4:39 pm Reply

    People think! The only reason that these foreign mega resorts treat local employees and the country with utter disdain, it’s with the tacit approval of your government. Many investors do their homework before they set up shop in any small impoverished country. They get monumental tax concessions depriving the government’s treasury of much needed finances. They are allowed to contravene all the labor laws with impunity. The Labor Department turns a blind eye to the recruitment of dirt cheap labor from neighboring Spanish speaking countries by these uncaring resort owners to replace rightfully disgruntled local employees. The vast majority of local hotel workers are hard working. It’s very disheartening to acknowledge some misguided St. Lucian casting slanderous allegations about their fellow brothers and sisters while applauding the abusive, voracious, nonnative investors. Any ruling party, whether SLP or UWP, that sits idly by while their workers and country are treated like floor mats has forfeited its right to govern.

    Vibz

    1. Anonymous
      September 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply

      Preach!

    2. Anonymous
      September 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

      Let your voice be heard!

  11. Mary
    September 11, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Two resorts I will never spend a dime in.

    If Sandals doesn’t have to pay the $24 million in taxes, neither should the employees be responsible for their share.

  12. A Voter
    September 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm Reply

    SLP and UWP are not he same. They are fundamentally different. Your surrogates are using this to smooth out all the evils your party keeps on doing. Show me where the SLP has fired 3000 natives from their jobs. Or close down every entity with the name St. Lucia. Show me where the SLP stopped the subvention of the National Trust or the disabled. Show me where the SLP made a hotel keep $24 million dollars in Taxes collected on behalf of the state. Etc etc. The SLP is Nothing like the UWP. So you surrogates need to own your sheet! Own the monster that you created.

  13. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 5:27 pm Reply

    When will sandals staff be represented by a workers union.. slp was in power for over 10 yrs and did nothing about that..now uwp in power worst..just talk talk or no talk at all

  14. Cyril Peter
    September 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Please tell all the St.Lucian politicians to drown themselves if they have nothing better to do because they are all useless . Please start serving the people because that’s who you are. A SSERVANT.

  15. lol
    September 11, 2017 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Tell sutter pierre shut his mouth now yall out of power yourl seeing things. Yourl had the country in a mess. Coming from a youth chasnet is doing good big up yourself. These party hacks like claudius francis needs to take a backseet acting like they will never eat or drink something yellow

  16. 758
    September 12, 2017 at 4:45 am Reply

    You retarded filths voted them into office. And now want to lump everyone like the UWP? Foh! Deal with your actions. Very soon the Chinese will be sleeping with all your daughters like the wrath of God. This is all of your making. Deal with it.
    This is not the UWP Sir John co-founded this is group of Vieux Neggs or thugs in office.

  17. steve88
    September 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I am a private citizen and I got a Tax Amnesty as provided to all Lucian by da tax office. Dat is papishow, da tax office does charge rediculous fee on da money you does owe. All you had to do is go in de and talk to dem about it and most a da time they does give you a break, so how sandals not in dat? Dem fellas taking what de can but dey eh stupid, de go take what de get..

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