Thursday, September 29, 2022

Pierre Reiterates Commitment To ‘Livable Wage’ At May Day Rally

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has reiterated his administration’s commitment to a ‘livable wage’ for the people of this country, based on the reality of the economic circumstances of the times.

Pierre, Minister of Finance, spoke at a May Day activity organised by the St. Lucia Trade Union Federation.

He explained that the wage under consideration would be arrived at after discussion.

“I can assure you that all representatives of the workers will be consulted. There will be discussion as to a livable wage for the people of Saint Lucia,” the Castries East MP stated.

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He also referred to the plight of pensioners.

“We know our pensioners have been under tremendous pressure because the prices of their goods and services increased, just as all of us,” Pierre told his audience.

“So we as a first step, we’ve given pensioners a one-off payment which hopefully will be paid at the end of July,” the Prime Minister noted.

“And after that we will begin negotiations with our pensioners to ensure that they have a decent quality of life and a decent standard of living,” he remarked to applause from the gathering.

In addition, Pierre pledged the government’s commitment to food security.

“We have to be able to feed ourselves,” he declared, adding that it appears that the war between Ukraine and Russia will not end soon.

As a result, Pierre said Saint Lucians needed to grow what they eat and eat what they produce.

“And I make no excuses for my call for us to eat and use more of our bananas. I make absolutely no excuses for it because shortsightedness and hastiness, sometimes we live to regret,” the PM declared.

The Minister of Finance spoke against the backdrop Monday of the latest hike in the retail prices for kerosene, diesel, and LPG locally.

But he said Saint Lucia has no control over fuel prices.

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  1. There was a land owner who hired men to work in his vineyard and agreed to pay the same amount starting from the third,six,and nine hour,did the same work.
    About the eleventh hour,he ‘you also go and work in my vineyard.
    “When evening came,the owner of the vine…said to his formen, ‘call the workers and pay them their wages, begining with the last ones hired and going to the first.
    The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour each reçeived the same amount, but those who came first expected to reçeived more,and began to grumble against the land owner.
    But answered one of them, ‘Friends ,I am not being unfair to you.
    I want to give the one who was hired last the same amount as I give you,
    do not be envious, because I am generous.

  2. I will speak to this people,
    but every then they will
    not listen to me”,
    Says the LORD.
    Can a country be born in a day ?
    His word is blessings in abundance !
    As dreams comes true to hear the 📢sound :
    With one accord, shouts for joy O heavens/nation, rejoice O earth/people,
    bust into song O mountain/employees, for the Lord
    will have compassion on his afflicted ones,
    may God be gracieux to us and bless us and make his face shines 🌞 upon us.
    And all the ends of the earth will fear him.

  3. Lass Palay & do it,just mentioning things to get ppl excited & it’s not getting done,ppl suffering out here.

  4. Just political bluff from those crazy baldhead politicians fooling the people and having fun both of the political parties have left a legacy of poverty, inflicted on the masses

  5. Another Bluff from Pierre – Just a PM who tells you what you want to hear at the time you want to hear it.

    Pierre is not even aware he is prime minister of SLU. He talks as if he is still on the campaign trail and he is behind in the polls. He makes all types of promises without consulting his advisors

  6. I can’t wait for the explanation of a livable wage. I don’t think a livable wage will be a fix wage like a minimum wage. Because everybody living and working conditions are different. A living wage for someone with a family of five cannot be the same for someone with a family of two or three under the same working conditions. Ok let me Google it to see.

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