The Vendors Association has called on the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) to stop what was described as the council’s ‘unconscionable’ treatment of Assou Square vendors.
Association President, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac said he would like to see the CCC offer vendors one package, instead of a flat rental rage plus a fee for every cooler as was the case last year.
“You were not paying for one space, you were paying for different things you had – the containers you had to sell your goods,” Isaac told St Lucia Times.
He expressed the view that the measure was ‘grossly unfair’ to vendors.
“The reality is that you rent vendors a space and let them pay for the space that you are renting them, but the situation that you had was that you pay for the spot and then you pay for every other vessel or any other container that you had – the things that contained the goods you are selling. You had to pay for each one of them,” the Vendors Association President stated.
“That is grossly unfair and heartless and that is what I want to be addressed,” he asserted.
Isaac recalled that there have been a number of booths that were not occupied by vendors.
He expressed the view that the City Council should be a lot more accommodating when dealing with persons who are trying to survive in tough economic times when unemployment is very high.
Isaac explained that some of the persons who are unemployed may not be counted because once someone is not looking for work, they are not registered in the ranks of the jobless.
“That is the mechanism that is used to measure the unemployment situation,” he stated.