Declaring the need for shared sacrifices, the former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), has urged the Saint Lucia government and opposition to consider a temporary pay cut amid the current COVID-19 crisis.
“The people are making sacrifices and likewise the government and opposition in this country must make shared sacrifices,” Therold Prudent told St Lucia Times.
“I believe in all of my heart that it is very important that the government push for a pay cut for all ministers, all members of the opposition,” he stated.
Prudent explained that the money can possibly be redirected to their individual communities or to persons in need and those who are unable to work because of the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the former LPM leader, it is important that Saint Lucia’s leaders show good faith by demonstrating that while they are calling on others to make sacrifices, they are willing to do the same.
Prudent told St Lucia Times that he is very supportive of government measures in dealing with the COVID-19 situation.
He disclosed that he was pleased with the stabilization programme announced by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
“I believe it is the right step in the right direction because there will be difficult days ahead ,” Prudent asserted.
“We know tourism has taken a very big hit and there will be lots of people who will be unable to work or can’t find work at this time and would have to find a way to survive,” he noted.
“We must not pretend that it’s not a situation of shared sacrifices,” Prudent declared.
“While we wait for the rest of the world to sort out its COVID-19 issues, we have to have an economy that is at least stabilized and so that when the world has opened its doors to us again, we are able to build upon this and build our economy to the point of being successful here in this country,” the former LPM leader told St Lucia Times.