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The Government of Saint Lucia says while it welcomes the offer of the Trade Union Federation, to accept a wage freeze for its members for the period April 2013 to March 2016,” it is not enough to address the fiscal deficit facing the country at this time.

A statement from the office of the Prime Minister has applauded the members of the TUF for their willingness to sacrifice wage hikes that will address future increased in public expenditure, there must be additional measures to address the 76 million dollar deficit.

For that reason, the Government agrees with the Trade Unions that other measures will be necessary to improve the “Government’s fiscal position and the economic situation in the country.” In that regard, the Government will continue to dialogue with the Federation.

The Government shares the hope of the Federation that “other sections of the country will follow the good example of [the] members in making a sacrifice for country in times of need.”

The TUF has made a number of recommendations to the government on how to address the fiscal situation.
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