Friday, December 13, 2019

Saint Lucia Opposition Says Government Has ‘No Soul’

Press Release:–  The Saint Lucia Labour Party believes that the Allen Chastanet government has no soul and therefore it expects that the reckless actions which they have unleashed on the workers of Saint Lucia will continue with no concern about the economic difficulties which many families will endure.

Security of livelihoods of citizens should not be so casually disregarded by their elected government. Government has a responsibility to make arrangements for the continued survival of people who will be affected by the closure of their workplaces or the places where they carry out their trade and those arrangements must be clearly communicated to them.

Following the closure of Radio St. Lucia early in the term of the current government, the abrupt closure of the St. Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation, by the Chastanet Administration, without consideration for the most basic needs of fishers, for their trade and livelihood continues to be of grave concern to the Saint Lucia Labour Party.

Today Thursday March 14 2019 marks fourteen days since the corporation was closed without due care for the livelihoods of fishers and their families.

Explanations by the Minister for Fisheries, Ezechiel Joseph have not given fishers the comfort that their livelihoods will be secured and the Minister’s outright refusal to address specific concerns of fishers has demonstrated the high handed and callous approach that this government continues to employ in dealing with fishers and other vulnerable sectors of the population.

Since the closure of the St. Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation fishers continue to operate without access to ice and other basic services creating confusion among fishers and business people who depended on the operations of the Corporation.

The Fisher Cooperatives are still unclear about the true intentions of the government as they relate to the management of the entity even after seeking meetings and given vague explanations.

It is clear that the UWP Administration does not have a clear and well thought out plan for the Fish Marketing Corporation. In addition to the uncertainty which has been caused in the lives of hundreds of Saint Lucian fishers, workers too who were employed by the fish Marketing Corporation are still seeking explanation and seeking redress.

Many have had their lives thrown into chaos with the abrupt decision and there has since been no credible signal from the government that their services will be engaged by management in any future arrangement.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party notes that this matter relating to the St. Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation involves the delicate livelihoods of thousands of working Saint Lucians. There seem to be no urgency to resolve the state of anxiety which exists among the fishers and workers even while the closure of another government agency the St. Lucia Marketing Board fast approaches.

This callous attitude is visible in the manner in which vendors’ trays were destroyed on Mother’s Day 2017 and the manner in which coconut vendors were uprooted from their selling location along the Gros Islet Highway without due regard for their survival.



  1. SLP have no shame making comments like these. Anybody who is actually in tune with what happens in this Country knows full well that the Fish Marketing Corporation was left with a positive balance in 1997. 20 years later the incompetence and thievery of Kenny and his bandits have resulted in the ONLY such corporation on island experiencing debt of over 14 million dollars. Run from here with your cheap and utterly useless contributions, pretending to be acting for the people. Liars and th th th th thieves !

  2. This government does things haphazardly. No consideration is given to the plight of the ordinary man. Most attention and incentives go to multi-millionaire foreign hoteliers. This government has only increase hardship and hopelessness on an already suffering people. This is as certain as the morning sun a one term government.

  3. You labours are so miss informed. Really not in tune with the fishermen. The ice at the fisheries was primarily intended for the fishermen to go to sea with, so that they could put the fish on ice immediately after they are being caught. However, that same SLP government never say it hygienic to make the ice box available for the fishermen’s boat, since the fish, when caught can be bacteria infected. Over 95% of the ice is being sold to fish vendors and for fete. Scarcely to fishermen. Kenny Anthony who was involve in protest action with the fishermen of Vfort against the UWP govt for prompt payment for the fishermen by the fisheries, became the PM minister and MP for these same fishermen and did them the exact same thing. He did nothing to assist the fishermen in getting paid on time. Yes, they protested against him too. That same Kenny Anthony, attempting to make political mileage on the poor fishermen again, when he came to the fisheries 2 Wednesdays ago to discuss the ICE issue. Kenny! Vendors buy ICE. Do not prostitute the poor fishermen. I know watching the news is not to encouraging for you SLPs but if you are so interested in the wealth-fare of fishermen, you would have known that this government through Japanese funds, invested US$1.8 million in the fisheries industry, primarily for the wealth fare and safety of fishermen, including ice boxes for their boat. You could not have taken off the VAT on artificial baits for fishermen. It was increased from 5% service charge to 21% in duties. (15% and 6% service charge). Wickedness. GO AND READ THE NEWS TO BE INFORMED. Now who have “NO SOUL”?

  4. the LABOUR PARTY COULD NEVER SAY THAT. LOOK IN THE MIRROR. REALLY!!!!!!!!!! NO SOUL! You had the country in the toilet. we only now starting to see things getting better. shut up already and get your house in order!

    • James speak to the issues raised

      Coconut vendors
      Castries Vendors
      Fishers and Fish marketing staff
      Nice workers
      Radio St Lucia
      Soon to be the nurses .
      Now look yourself in the mirror and tell me what say you??????

  5. No more boxes of fish can be delivered to their favorite watering holes where they can come and eat first free when the day is over…… On the la toc road that’s where the fish was being delivered

  6. I must say SLP is doing the best job ever being in opposition. They’re very good at it. I think that’s the best position for your’ll. Stay dere.

  7. Now Truth you talking,the right stuff.Shame the price of ice was a bit high for fishers,the price was calculated on ,the price of electricity that has allways been the story,so our boys cutting corners to make ends meet.That was never good.Nobody ever came down to talk or try to fix the problems.We have allways had to deal with agresive stuck up goverment representatives,not willing to listen to fishers.I guess we need to get more agresive with these desk burocracts goverment representatives,that think they know all about the bussines.

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