PM Skerrit ups the ante in public servants salary negotiations; challenges Linton

Skerrit said he has gotten assistance from friendly governments
Skerrit said he has gotten assistance from friendly governments

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, is offering public servants a five percent increase in salaries while at the same time is challenging leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton to make public the source of funding for salary increase offered by the UWP.

“I call on Lennox Linton tonight to say where his proposed increase in salaries would come from,” Skerrit told supporters at a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) rally in Riviere Cyrique on Wednesday on night.

The government and various trade unions on the island have been at loggerheads for months on the matter of increase in salaries for public servants for the period 2012 to 2015.

The government had initially offered 0, 0, 0 percent for the period but the offer was turned down. The offer was slightly increased to 1, 0, 0 but that was also turned down.

But Skerrit said with assistance from “friendly governments” the offer now stands at 3, 1, 1 percent; a total of 5 percent for the three-year period.

He did not name the “friendly governments.”

“Under Labour, Dominica has friends and Dominica has well wishers,” Skerrit stated. “We have done the maths and for the last four months we have had ongoing discussions with friendly governments on the issue of budget support for Dominica. This country is not yet out of the woods economically and I am not minded to increase the levels of direct taxation on the workers of Dominica. Therefore, I laid my cards out to two friendly governments, in particular, and I am pleased this evening to announce that within the last 48 hours I have had direct pledges from two friendly governments to assist with the issue of budgetary support come next year.”

He said he has already spoken to officials for the different unions “and indicated to them the pledges I have received and the liquidity that should exist as a result of an increase in revenue, I was in a position to change the government’s offer of 0, 0, 0 percent over the next three years.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am therefore delighted to be in a position tonight to announce to you and to the country, that effective Thursday the fourth day of December 2014, the government’s offer to public service unions, and therefore by extension to all public servants in Dominica, shall be three percent in the first year, one percent in the second year and one percent in the third year. This amounts ladies and gentlemen to a five percent increase of your present salary as public officers.”

Skerrit called on Linton to make public his source of funds for salary increase to public servants. The UWP had promised to increase salaries by 1.5, 1.5, and 3 percent if voted into office.

“Don’t tell me nonsense about when you get in you will see,” he stated. “This is not a game of chance, this is not a lucky dip. If you are offering public workers an increase in salary, tell us tonight where the money is coming from…”

He said the DLP knows where every cent is coming from for its programs and policies.

“Lennox Linton and the workers party have four days to put up or shut up,” Skerrit said.

Attempts to contact the various trade unions on Thursday morning on the latest offer proved futile.

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  1. Mz. D
    December 6, 2014

    Friendly government? Skerrit has already sold Dominica to live lavishly! Y he cannot say who the friendly government is? So they that running the country man and not u Mr. Skerrit? CHANGE IS COMING!!!!!! WORKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  2. December 5, 2014

    maybe it was my imagination but i would like to think that it was tony who said that the notion of a 5% increase was a pie in the sky i would also like to think that tony was on the same stage where the pm stood and say that he is giveing a 5% increase. what i want to know for sure is now that the prime minister has offered the 5% increase in front of you and you did not say a word, has the pie fallen from the sky?

  3. Bushmaninad
    December 5, 2014

    What national leader would want a foreign government to provide funds to pay civil servants. Sure, funds from foreign loans or grants can bolster a national budget, but stand on a platform and announce that the direct source of the funds to pay government employees are foreign governments is a new low, even for Skerrit. Man where is your national pride.
    This clearly shows what Skerrit thinks of Dominica. The sad thing about this is that he thinks the civil servants will not see this for what it is, desperation. Until this colossal foot in the mouth mistake driven by bravado , I would have said that the REDS have it, even by a small majority, but with this grand showing of disrespect for the civil servants, the police and the governmental process I am sure that the REDS would have loss some support. The results of Monday’s polling have certainly become more difficult to predict.

  4. Dominican always
    December 5, 2014

    correct me if i am wrong once parliament has been dissolved doesn’t the Government suspends any advertising campaigns and refrains from major policy decisions or announcements. so how is Mr Roosevelt skeritt allowed to negotiate with foreign governments again isn’t this unconstitutional and doesn’t the PSU have lawyers who advise then on constitutional matters to know they are breaking the law by negotiating with Mr Roosevelt skeritt i want to believe that Mr skeritt knows that the negotiations are illegal and unconstitutional but he is using that as a ploy to win over civil servants who wont be pay if he wins because of the illegality of the deal

    December 5, 2014

    remember de song of BENO, a man fool you once etc…. take heed he will always fool allu

  6. December 5, 2014

    Q, who are the friendly government Mr Skerrit
    A, none of your dam business :lol:

  7. Dee
    December 5, 2014

    The legal experts can correct me if I’m wrong but I thought once parliament was dissolved all major decisions to be made on behalf of the government were to cease… In what capacity was Mr Skerrit negotiating then? If he refuses to disclose his source(s) of funding, why is he so adamant on knowing where Mr Linton’s party are obtaining their funds? So many questions left unanswered. If he wants to ask questions why not go ahead with the debate, instead of doing so from the sidelines? I believe he should be held to task if he refuses to debate the opposition. Where’s the transparency in our democratic system? We need to know what we’re getting into should the labour party or the UWP win or lose the general elections.

    • Outsider looking in
      December 5, 2014

      Tell me about it. Dominicans must be blind. Investors don’t invest in a country during elections time, so I would like to know who is the dumb friendly government that would give Skerrit money to pay civil servants. My God look things in my country.

  8. LINUX
    December 5, 2014

    if skerrit not mad, he not far from it

  9. Think It Over
    December 5, 2014

    Skerrit and his government have made wild promises and statements before.
    Remember the demonstration by the people of Layou. They were promised in writing that the asphalt plant would not be installed and after ending their action the Skerrit government told them that the agreement was null and void.
    Many promises have been made of a boat to ship agricultural products- still no boat.
    They told us the Abbatoir is almost complete – it sits their incomplete like a white elephant
    The coffee plant – it sits there as a white elephant
    The Morroco hotel – incomplete white elephant
    Private sector growth – businesses are closing down
    The list goes on and on
    When will it end? Time to try a new group with a new approach to governance.

  10. huh
    December 5, 2014

    who is the friendly government skeritt? we are a democratic country. which friendly governments are you getting your money from?
    you giving us an increase informally? i thought you supposed to send the letter to our union? so you just going to put it on our salaries right? house is dissolved so papa skeritt is just going to call up the permanent secretary and say “heeeeyyyyy baby, put it up”
    you are a little boy skeritt. you make us sick

  11. patience
    December 5, 2014

    I hope Dominica is not sold already by all these friendly Governments. I smell a rat!!!. Too much secrets and deceptions. I hope if Linton wins he will not realize that Dominica is sold already to foreign governments. Lord, where Skerrit and these park of wolves in sheep clothing come from. The world is watching especially the United States and England. No communism in the Caribbean. God stands predominant!!!!Dominicans, keep hope alive, the truth is at hand.

  12. Question
    December 5, 2014

    So did those friendly countries pledge the money to Roosevelt Skerrit or to Dominica? I wonder if the money he spending now on buying votes was obtained the same way. I am trying to favor our PM, but he really taking Dominicans for fools now. We need help.

  13. teach
    December 4, 2014

    I am advising the union to reject the 5 percent. our charismatic leader can pay more…….
    .Nothing less than 10 percent will do……..Labour sa……..trapayee…….

  14. Dominican to the bon
    December 4, 2014

    When are we getting that increase. I really need it. Thank you skerrit for begging

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2014

      The beggar thanks the chief beggar!

  15. Jaime Lewis
    December 4, 2014

    Why does the PM make it sound like the friendly governments belong to him and their assistance is a personal gift? If friendly governments are making a contribution, then this is to the government of behalf of the Dominican people. Why is the PM making deals with these friendly governments on the eve of an election? This is clearly an act of desperation, or just a big joke! Well, let’s hope that the public servants will really get this salary increase.

  16. need a raise
    December 4, 2014

    skeritt where the hell are you getting the money to pay us? the same place linton will get it. i teach my students not to say ‘shut up” but they hear the primeminister saying it loud and clear on public media.

    u are very disrespectful. we dont need u here. you are not a role model in any way. you came into power with no links, no house, girlfriends all over, no money, and olld car, a bad temper which is coming again. and you questioning linton?



  17. I can't be fooled
    December 4, 2014

    Brreeaaking news !!!!!!Here comes Skerrit with his lies again.When is he going to stop? For sure he can’t fool me. He told me 0 0 0%. Asstaphans say there is no money and now at the eve of elections he get a moose to give him money for votes. Big JOke .Our minds are already made up.Dont think we buy your lies mister.We civil servants are not for sale .Maybe Mills is.

  18. Perfect Idiot
    December 4, 2014

    Mr. Skerrit, I am a blind laborite and a very perfect idiot but you left me baffled with your announcement and left me scratching my head for answers. Here are the questions I am left with:
    1. Where were these two friendly governments all along?
    2. Were they just formed?
    3.Why are the friendly governments anonymous?
    4. Is there something they trying to hide?
    5. Are they giving the monies to : ( a). Dominica? (b) the DLP? (c) Skerrit?
    6. Is it going to be a donation or a loan?
    7. If loan, what is the interest rate?
    8. If donation, what do they get in return?
    9. If a loan, who is expected to pay back? I mean is it Dominica, The DLP or Skerrit?
    10. If the money is loaned or donated to “Dominica”, what sense it makes to ask Mr. Linton where his proposed increase in salaries would come from?
    11. Would this money ONLY be available to Skerrit and the DLP?
    12.But Skerrit said with assistance from “friendly governments”. Whose friends are these friendly government? Are they your friends or friends of Dominica?
    13. By the way, you forgot to tell us exactly how much we will be getting from those friendly governments and perfect idiots like myself need a dollar amount
    14. Can you also tell us how much friendly government #1 has pledged and how much friendly government # 2 pledged?
    15. Finally sir, since it is a pledge, what if those friendly governments do not honor their pledge? Are we going to go back to square one?

    If an idiot like myself can have these concerns, would you not expect intellectuals to expose this BIG BAG OF LIES? Think again Mr. PM!

  19. Anonymous
    December 4, 2014

    “When you reach the end of your rope,tie a knot and hang on”

  20. Truly Dominican
    December 4, 2014

    Skerrit, where Lennox Linton will be getting the money to pay Civil Servants is, according to you, Skerrit, ‘NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS’. That was the response from you to Lennox Linton a few years ago when he asked you about sources of your campaign funding. You have forgotten man.
    Tell us what is in the MOU’s that you signed with China, and all those other shady characters.

    You find money now, eh. Did you get a refund from Beres Hammon, Destra and others?

    A drowning man will catch at a straw.

  21. Dominican always
    December 4, 2014

    having read digested what i read Roosevelt skeritt himself didn’t name his friendly government yet he is calling on Mr Linton to name his sources of funding so i would like Mr skeritt to name his friendly government friends

  22. Straight Talk
    December 4, 2014

    Yet another promise to try to sway (fool)voters. Does PM Skerrit think that the money is going to come from Lennox’s pocket? It does not come from his so the same source he is getting the money from it will be available to Lennox unless they(DLP) decide to empty the treasury if they lose.

    The PM should also tell the people where he is getting the 5% from all of a sudden, when all along he was offering civil servants 0%. But even if he were to offer and give 5%, this pales in comparison to the huge increase they gave themselves plus the many different allowances his cabinet (unarguable the largest in the Caribbean) receive.

  23. PS
    December 4, 2014

    But who gave skerrit the authority to increase PSU salaries? I thought the government was dissolved until the 9th. of December? Eh eh, if this idea was ever in Skeritt’s head, then it would have been in the manifesto. Right now you are just ranting, and dealing your last cards to stay in power. Public servants are humans with feelings. Don’t use us in your game of gambling. That was your last trump card!! Right now any thing else you come up with will be pure mischief. Give up! IT IS OVER! :-P :-P :-P

  24. ?????????
    December 4, 2014

    Skerrit just made lintons job easier… when linton getsvinto office, the friendly governments money will be there as it was not skerrit the money was given to but dominica. so wen lennox cut the wastful spending which was the intended funding for the increases, that money could be used for many other projects… lennox shud say tyank u skerrit…u job easier…

    December 4, 2014

    BONDIEX After I eat my bread dry for 10 years, after I drank my tea without sugar for 8 years, after I went to work with my zip of my side bag torn off for 6 years, after i walk in style with my shoe heel peel up for 3 years, NOW… ALAS,,, NOW boy. Now I waiting for workers to deliver me from Labour and give me my Freedom, Now PM coming. If i was not so meg after all the misery, If was not so weak and hungry. I would give PM one kick and if I still alive after, I would summoned all the strength I have left and give the president of the DAT her own. But I too weak and hungry. I beg too wee, but they say “I am a big teacher” so I doh get. I still had to stand up and make my students pass CXC on a hungry belly. Who unemployed were in better position than me. Pm keep you money, I keep my diginity and I voting for change. BYE PM BYE. SEE E BON OU KAY VOIR IL.

  26. Dave Bertrand
    December 4, 2014

    Hold dem down Mr Linton, hold them down. Let the UWP set the pace. This DLP is bankrupt of ideas. CHANGE IS A MUST. Let them fall in line.

  27. fearless
    December 4, 2014

    Alasss skerrritt. What are you trying to protect like this…
    You are not the prime minister at this point so how come a pay increase
    You have a nice phrase, friendly governmentsss, is friendly governments a new stAte around the world?

  28. enough..
    December 4, 2014

    Mr. Skerritt whatever a man sow so shall he reap….Lintonnnnnnnnnn doh hv to tell u nothing is not ur dam business where lintonnnnnnnn is gonna get money shut up…u forgot when lintonnnnnnn asked u about money what u told the world…..ur time is up step aside DOMINICA NEEDS TO MOVE ON….you had ur chance n u messed up enough now.

  29. Nonesense
    December 4, 2014

    Its a good thing the unions don’t negotiate with Skerrit or any PM for that matter. Hahaaaa, But at least he should offer 6% like Lenox, We will take it and still vote that failed administration out!!!

  30. 4u2c
    December 4, 2014

    I want the PM to start the International Airport by Sunday. Find some friendly gov’t that can get this going ASAP. Monday is election.
    Also, Skerro please announce tonight in your rally that the Marigot has just been completed with state of the art equipment and everything that a hospital needs. You just found it in your briefcase!!!!Or just got it from 2 friendly government.

  31. Melow
    December 4, 2014

    If Civil servants hold on they might get a 50% raise before Sunday. This Skerrit really thinks all Dominican are fools. That’s really how Skerrit thinks of the people that follow him in the red labor ka travay t-shirts.

  32. What a shame
    December 4, 2014

    If I were Mr. Linton I would re-raise let me see what Mr. Skerrit would do. I think Mr. Skerrit would fold because I think it’s a bluff.

  33. Fifi
    December 4, 2014

    Is this man right in head?

  34. Mamie
    December 4, 2014

    Lennox ka twavai

  35. madness
    December 4, 2014

    O,m,g PM omg. Skerrit dat have more frens man……..power is getting into his thick head.ppl of dominica dont be fooled again by this man……..we are the ones who has to elect him,Dont u. Think we should have the right to know who are his friends.- it must be friends with benefits.noone in their mind will give a country money for ntn in return….open. Ur eyes change is a must…………i am a new registered voter

  36. Ceande
    December 4, 2014

    Well Linton did for the public servants what the PSU was not able to do. He got Skerrit and Co to at least promise us that increase in salary which we have been begging for for so long. As a public servant I say thanks to you and Team Dominica and know that you guys have my vote.

  37. anonymous
    December 4, 2014

    After 15 years of Labour ruling, SKerrit has to depend on foreign governments to supplement the budget!!! so what will happen when those governments can no longer subsidize the Dominican Budget? we should be trying to be more self sustainable as a country. this in my opinion is just bad financial practice. 15 years of Economic Recession!!! SMH…

  38. Mamie
    December 4, 2014

    100 reason why the Dominica Labour Party and Roosevelt Skerrit should be booted out from Office. Let’s grow this list to include 1000 reasons so that history will be kind to us. The telltale signs of failed Government is clearly visible to all.
    1. Cronyism 2.Nepotism 3. Bogus ambassadorial appointments (Rudolph King, Roman Lakshin etc.) 4. No bid government contracts 5. Granting of licence to Giraud 6. Red Clinic 7. No respect for the office of Prime Minister 8. Power-centric 9. Million dollar foreign artists 10. Labour leadership sending Dominicans to hell 11. Referred to as the Christ 12. Tony ASTAPHAN 13. Reginald Austrie 14. Philbert Aaron and Kamala Jno. Baptiste Aaron 15. Death of Agriculture 16. Last in foreign direct investments 17. Last in tourism arrivals 18. Smallest and weakest economy in region 19. Little to no economic growth in 15 years 20. Non-existent manufacturing activity 21. No incentive to small businesses 22.De “ole speaker” controlled house 23.Non-payment of UN dues 24.Lawyer facilitated kickbacks 25.Phantom children hospital 26.Fertilizer Bobol 27. Bin Bobol 28. Land tax evasion 29. Failure to declare assets 30. Special protection of “Easydoor” from prosecution 31.The GON Emanuel COLD Case 32.The controversial Villas 33. Dual citizenship case 34. French passport possession 35. Non Dominican birth of his son 36. Closure of the Marigot hospital 37. Fleecing of the treasury 38. 8 million dollars into the pits of Liat 39. Charlie Jong 96,000 dollar contract 40. Wanton sale of Dominicans passports
    41. Undisclosed campaign financing 42. Layou River fiasco 43. Undisclosed MOU 44. Lavish foreign trips 45. Gross incompetence 46. Petro Caribe non-payment to Venezuela 47. Hartley Henry influence 48. Lack of transparency 49. Entrenched corruption 50. Largest, laziest cabinet in history of Dominica 51. Joblessness 52. No electoral reform 53. No voters ID cards 54. High hands in judicial process 55. Victimization 56. Trending dictatorship 57. Misuse of public funds 58. Diplomatic relations with questionable states 59. I, I, I 60. Culture of dependence on state funds 61. Insults to Dominican, most recently Monelle 62. Questionable wealth accumulation 63.Lack of plans and idea to grow economy 64.Duty free to party faithfuls 65. Sexual favours in Macau 66. Acceptances of expensive gifts in capacity as PM 67. Susan Oldie diplomatic passport saga 68. Unfulfilled promises 69. Large and unnecessary diplomatic missions 70. Lavish Campaign 71. State palace malice 72. Non-payment of economic fees to UWI 73. Dishonor commitment to Dominican students. 74. Vat on basic necessities 75. 500,000 dollar gifts to catholic church 76. Doctrine of necessity to install Charles Savarin 77. No respect to constitution of Dominica 78. Renaming important Dominical symbols after party hench men 79. ‘Chinatization’ of Roseau 80. Vote buying and bribery 81. High inflation and uncontrolled prices 82. Lowest salaries within the OECS 83. ZERO percent increase to public officers 84. Poor state of PMH
    85. Unnecessary advisors 86. Increase in criminal activities on island 87. Stalled integrity commission 88. Lies, lies and more lies 89. Square pegs in round holes 90. Demise of Public Works 91. Dismantling of state institutions 92. NJIC 93. Restricted access to DBS 94. Neglect of Portsmouth 95. Hubristic tendencies 96. Bleak economic outlook 97. An economy dependent on aid and grants 98. Unexplained enrichment of ministers 99. Jobs for the boys 100. TONY ASPTAPHAN AGAIN

  39. Weeping
    December 4, 2014

    If this does not show the Dominican ppl that Skeritt is a joke then they deserve him for life. This is a last desperate effort to fool the Dominican ppl. Down with him, down with him, down with the evil that has possessed Dominica for the past 15 years. CHANGE IS A MUCT

  40. wallhouse
    December 4, 2014

    uwp manifesto,page 42,the public service. the answer is there. if you did not know the uwp manifesto is on line . that plan better,it sound like you going to borrow the money. all of a sudden you move from 0,0,0, to 1,0,0 to 3,1,1 . funny .take a look, that is five 5 ,you one short , they offer 1.5,1.5,3 , that is six 6 . like i say their plan better , some body want to pay the bill for you ,that sounds like a next mou , but the uwp want to and will cut through the wasteful spending. the answer there long time , we know the question was coming

  41. Anonymous
    December 4, 2014

    5% is not enough. I demand an 8% increase

  42. Good Luck Jonathan
    December 4, 2014

    “I call on Lennox Linton tonight to say where his proposed increase in salaries would come from,” Skerrit told supporters at a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) rally in Riviere Cyrique on Wednesday on night.

    In response Mr. Linton had answered the question long before. His answer was. Mr Skerrit lets debate this before the nation and I will tell you where the increase in salary will come from. Anyway he gave you a hint like doing away with the useless advisers and cutting the size of cabinet.

    Oh by the way Mr. Skerrit who are the friendly governments? I dare you name them.

  43. jobe
    December 4, 2014

    “friendly government” they do not exit anymore. Lie, lies and more lies skerritt realize the people wants more out of life, more for their growing children and he dont have an answer so he turning to lies and tricks but dont be fooled people. If in 4.9 years were left brokes and hungry dont fool by the short time sweetness. This man “skerritt ” is a dictator the posters are all about him , the labour shirts are all about him. In any other country each parl ref get his or her goodies to distribute to their party followers , in villages posters should be of your parl rep but in dca its one almighty for everything. The man is a selfish cheat

  44. Massacre
    December 4, 2014

    The Saw! Vote here–X

  45. Helas!!
    December 4, 2014

    Mr. Skerrit, you can still ask for a debate, I guess you have questions and answers.
    I hope it is not too late for you. Astaphan was never elected but you listened to him too intently
    and the others, I feel so sorry about all this, because Dominicans would have benefitted from intelligent debates.
    I will always oppose persons who have chosen other countries as their homeland coming down here to vote and then leaving again while me alone dig my wawa.

    I understand that some of them did Mal-Twavai and so this is the only way for them to visit their former homeland, but this is so wrong.

    You have been in power for so long, you boast of all what you have done and that you are going to win 21 seats, yet you still insult me with overseas voters.

    I must vote for change ( I am not a party person )!!!!!!!

  46. Anonymous
    December 4, 2014

    Lies, lies and more lies. I smell DESPERATION. When you were asked about campaign financing your response was insults. When the UWP takes the reins of government they will carry on with what is viable and what is not they will build relationships just like you did. It appears Dominica was left for you as a heritage. You started somewhere so will anyone else who becomes Prime Minister.

  47. Rabbit
    December 4, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit,go away with your foolishness.

  48. Ma GWe sa
    December 4, 2014

    Too late skerro! Lennox will give it to us, and he will get it the same place u getting it! So what they are your friends or Dominica’s friends! They will not vex with Lennox and by the way we paying enough tax for that! God forbid the monies will not leave the tresuries for us to have to depend on hand outsssssssssssssssssssssssssss! HAHA

  49. December 4, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit, please tell the civil servants YOUR SOURCE.

  50. Rebecca Theodore
    December 4, 2014

    And the international community gets a good laugh at the morning headlines: “In the small impoverished Caribbean island of Dominica, a dictator seeks to amend laws even while incumbent. The dissolving of parliament means nothing to him for he has openly declared in his dysfunctional state of mind- F*** the constitution. But how can one expect otherwise? The state is ran by a crazed attorney. The masses are unable to question anything, but the intellectuals in that island nation are holding on to the silent ballot. “

  51. LabourYout
    December 4, 2014

    smh…Don’t give it to all u is a problem..give it is a problem..God bless that PM we have, he will find a way for us, But what does he get >>accusations..allegations..Public Servants always thinking there problems more important than the country..All u talking about playing politics, the PM didn’t have the money to give it.

    He was adamant on not giving what he didn’t have, he wasn’t guessin, he was beggin. THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THIS COUNTRY THAN GIVING PEOPLE WITH JOBS INCREASE…You people acting like the competency of a Prime Minster is rated by giving “Public Servants” increase…smH..Our PRIME MINISTER I respecting you as a leader and your word I will go by.

    I saw the saw the deal with DAT..if any teacher is reading this sorry to say this but you guys are UNREASONABLE…Maybe I read it wrong correct me if I am cuz I open for correction any qualified teacher.

    The old strategy payment plan:
    min= $2,100.00+(approximate amount).
    max =$2,975.00+(approximate amount).

    The new payment plan:
    min = $2,600.00+(not exact amount).
    max = $2,925.00 +(not exact).

    The maximum salary cap went down but the minimum went up by nearly $500.00, so teachers if I read it properly. It is not an increase cuz you guys would eventually get your maximum but you were starting at the minimum. If you starting at a bigger salary why can’t the maximum be $44.00 less than before.

    You guys have to be willing to meet somebody half way, why you still want increase. Why can’t you work with this plan for at least the first year and then see how it goes? All you send the man and negotiate with his Allies and then the same people saying he like to beg..this is the thing i don’t understand.

    The man working for all you stop finding problem, he was one of you guys. Stop acting like the PM don’t check people cuz he do..he same people he working to give them increase saying he begging and playing politics..I would let one of all you balance a budget for 72,000+ people and keep them all happy in this economy..Stop pushing our PM and accusing him of all this evil acts, how evil can the guy be we saw him grew up in politics from a boy to a Leader..

    oh..sorry for the long post..but can someone please explain “CHANGE IS A MUST, NOT AN OPTION” cuz I don’t get it..

  52. Dee
    December 4, 2014

    The legal experts can correct me if I’m wrong but when parliament is dissolved, doesn’t that mean that negotiations on behalf of the government of the country should cease? In what capacity then was Mr Skerrit acting to obtain this assistance? Why couldn’t these negotiations have been made all along? He never discloses his source(s) of funding so why is he so adamant on knowing where Linton will obtain his? So many questions left unanswered.

    • Dee
      December 4, 2014

      I think that debate is long overdue. Mr Skerrit should be held to task if he refuses to debate the opposition and inform Dominicans of what exactly we’re getting into should he lose or win the general elections. Where’s the transparency in our democratic system?

  53. Dominica
    December 4, 2014

    What is Skerrit saying, there are governments out there who are willing to pay Dominica civil servants salary? Because an increase in salary is something that has to be paid every month, not just a one time thing. He said that he got funds from friendly governments to increase the salary by 5%, so that means every month the friendly governments will have to give him that money needed to pay the civil servants.

    I know Lennox Linton said he will reduce the cabinet, from 16 ministers to 10 and freeze ministers salary so he can use that money to give to Civil Servants, but up till now Skerrit is yet to say if he will be getting a check from those friendly government every month of what.

    Any way Skerrit, just accept your loss and find Dominica money you stole for the past 12 years to build Villas, Lilac building, House in New York and the 4million dollar home, you have living in all now. Just give Dominicans back what you stole and take your french passport, and your family, and migrate. The rest of Dominica assets you stole the state will find it some how. and don’t worry we Dominicans will pray to God to forgive you for what you did to our Country. (Run it Bankrupt).

  54. Ras
    December 4, 2014

    mr skerrit..relax, breathe. take it easy boss. you are already straying from the manifesto. easy easy

  55. Say It As It Is
    December 4, 2014

    Only now he knows that the people are being underpaid??? Because of elections. ..a few roads are being fixed or patched here and there, negotiations for salaries are being heard of…hmmmm…election melee. ..smh!!!

  56. Civil Servant
    December 4, 2014

    a drowning man will grab at a straw… this song was so ahead of it time

  57. Concerned Dominican
    December 4, 2014

    I cannot believe Skerrit have the guts to offer Civil Servants the exact same thing that the U.W.P offered them. that man is amazing, sick and twisted. From since the first month after Skerrit became PM of Dominica, he increased he and his cabinet salary by 63% and have never added not even one dollar on the salaries of civil servants. Can you imagine a 63% increase in salary, in an economy that is so weak, with no jobs, but yet still he find that kind of money to give himself and his cronies.

    Today because the PM seeing that the election will be won by the U.W.P Team Dominica, he is offering every thing he can think off to get votes. 12 and a half years as PM and only 5 days before election he sees that civil servants need an increase. He offered 0,0,0 for the past five years, but now he krazy to give percent on salary.

    Now I truly believe something is wrong with Skerrit, he have a power disease. I do hope that civil servants clearly sees now, what kind of a person Skerrit is, and I know after this empty offer, they will arise by the hundreds and vote him out.

  58. father of lies
    December 4, 2014

    This new development sure confirm to everyone that Skerrit finally admits he will be defeated come Monday, and therefore is desperately trying to see how he can hold on to power. Mr. Letang has been negotiating with the government for over a year now and Skerrit has refused to even give a listening ear. The man thought civil servants were stupid and would automatically vote for him. But now he realized his $30 million campaign money only helped sensible persons to take a hard second look at him, with 2 more work days before election the drowning man pulls a quick one. Skerrit can try all the tricks in his book but he can fool Dominicans no more. Take you 5% increase Skerrit and go about your business.

  59. Cops @Robbers
    December 4, 2014

    I am a civil servant and you can go to hell. We don’t give a damn about your salary increase. All of a sudden you comming with a promise. Man you will make a lot of people get mad and it will cripple the country. You need to GET OUT. 666.

  60. rosareo
    December 4, 2014

    Public servants now he comes with five percent that man is really sick, after you turn away all public servants. It is time to go and rest. You should have given date for paying before you called election. You had no intention to pay and will not pay any five percent, hold your money and we will give our vote in full to UWP. We are no longer stupid , you get us smarter than ever.

  61. Really.......
    December 4, 2014

    Ohh boy Skerrit who you think you fooling nuh? Only those that under your spell will fall for that one. The intelligence required for public servants to do their jobs, will not be FOOLED into believe this PIE IN THE SKY coming 3 days before the election. ANYTHING FOR A VOTE…. I WILL SAY I CAN GIVE YOU A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY JUST VOTE FOR ME!!! SKERRIT!!! :lol:

    BEG, BEG, BEG that’s all you can do for Dominica Skerrit BEG. Not even Haiti BEGS as much as you do for Dominica. I thought you guys had a copy of the UWP manifesto, instead of tearing it and calling it rubbish you guys should have spent some time READING it and you would have not found yourself looking like a FOOL asking Linton where he is going to get the money. Reduction from 16 to 10 ministers and getting rid of ALL THOSE USELESS ADVISERS. The hundreds or thousands you wasting on them between their regular salary and travel reimbursements and paying them to do the job YOU should be doing. That source of funding is much more believable than your “Friendly Governments” who instead of making their own Countries better will just GIVE MONEY to Dominica.

    Try better next time Skerrit, the increase is NOT IN YOUR MANIFESTO and CANNOT BE GIVEN THE TIME OF DAY.
    You will say much more than that in the next few days….

    3 more days to DELIVERANCE! Skerrit and your cabal start packing….

  62. Higher Office
    December 4, 2014

    So long public servants not getting their money. Now election coming, government want to say salary going up. If they fool you, that’s your business.

  63. Possie
    December 4, 2014

    Who are Skerit’s advisors? Seems like this man is the only one believing in his stories. I wish if the rest of Portsmouth people will follow me and vote for change.

  64. Not Me
    December 4, 2014

    The DLP always know where all the funds are coming from, campaign funds this funds. Is just that the people don’t know. He is challenging Linton to disclose where the money coming from and then he tells us that his is coming from friendly government but he can’t disclose as yet. What an idiot. Lord help my people of this land to start. Everything cannot come from friendly government we are beggars then.

  65. mary
    December 4, 2014

    Dear skerrit, well you have made a fool of yourself. You are not in office, you are not the PM again, how can you talk to any one for funds. Good bye have a mery christmas and bright new year. Dominicans 3 days to go, pray and ask god to guide you all.

  66. desperation
    December 4, 2014

    Bribe ‘something valuable (such as money) that is given in order to get someone to do something’ .

  67. December 4, 2014

    Why does Roosevelt Skerrit insist on taking the Citizens of Dominica for fools. After years of neglecting and ignoring the needs of Civil Servants and Public Workers, he is able to magically find funding to offer them a significant increase in salary less than a week before elections. Are we to take Mr. Skerrit seriously?
    It is clear that the number crunchers and DLP pollsters are reporting a very negative outcome for Mr. Skerrit and the DLP. Mr. Skerrit is very, very desperate at this point and seems to be unraveling before our very eyes. Let me make it clear to ALL of you…

    1. Blood on the hands of Wesley voters if they do not vote
    2. Scolding the Salisbury voters like they were his children.
    3. Promising to send ALL Kalinago DSC students to school completely FREE
    4. Promising FREE Tablets for ALL Secondary School Children
    5. Totally disrespecting Monelle Williams then apologizing ONLY to his supporters
    6. Scolding his supporters to don’t come crying to him that they are sorry WHEN Lennox is PM
    7. Grabbing the mike away from Ambrose George to give “breaking news” about UWP Manifesto
    8. Throwing his Administration’s failures on the Parl Reps, saying that he replaced them to give a better deal
    9. Putting the Douglas-Charles Airport under seige for a PEACEFUL protest that was CALLED OFF!!!
    10. Immediately politicizing the airport fire and openly pointing fingers
    11. Immediately finding money to increase Public Worker salary
    12. Losing his voice every night and it seems to be getting worse.
    13. Calling Mr. Lennox Linton a “boy” repeatedly on platform; something that Eddison James was harshly criticized for after making a similar statement about Mr. Skerrit.
    14. Increased paranoia, surrounded by security, armored vehicles etc.
    Roosevelt Skerrit is afraid of SOMETHING!!!!

    • LabourYout
      December 4, 2014

      I have heard UWP supporters used this “blood on your hands” phrase. If you can’t understand english you need to learn.

      English definition of “have (sb’s) blood on your hands”
      have (sb’s) blood on your hands
      › to be responsible for someone’s death.

      When someone use that phrase they don’t mean they going to kill you..
      It means the result of your actions the consequence will be on you.We have a loving PM stop using your un-educated propaganda to try to misinterpret basic english.

    • hEMMMM
      December 4, 2014

      You are very sad supporter. You probably have not learnt “Do unto others as you would not have them do unto you. I could write over twenty of the some of the quotes you have re Mr. Linton but it would be too long. So “Trubble Sum” think of what you wrote because I never saw or heard from you when PM was getting all his insults from every newspaper and a certain Radio station, day in day out. So what now it hit the nail on the head all you crying. Continue to cry because if you do not have sins throw the first stone.

    • Possie
      December 4, 2014

      Yes he is afraid all right. Roosevelt skerrit is afraid of what will become of Dominica if UWP gets into office. He is afraid for DOminica.

    • seckko
      December 4, 2014

      You are absolutely right. Please note that the false salary increase promise for public servants was done verbally, over the phone. No contract, no papers signs. Whilst he is laughing, the public servants will have the last laugh. What a trickster! O my finger!

    • Disappointed
      December 4, 2014

      HaHaHaHa. That is the biggest joke of the election. I thought it was Lennox Linton who was desperate and who was irresponsible and whose promise to the public servants of a 1.5, 1.5 & 3.00% was dangerous? PM Skerrit has broken all rules of convention after dissolution of the house and 4 days before a General Election to announce a salary increase to public servants. Skerrit’s offer is made under pressure and is not genuine, if at all he will deliver like the promises in a 100 days he made in 2009 elections . Under a UWP Government, public servants will play a greater role because their will be more growth in the economy from where their increase will come. Remember in addition, they will also receive the 5% that was taken off their salaries years ago. Skerro, you can match that too before the election nuh? Call your friendly Governments now………

    • angel
      December 4, 2014

      He is clearly afraid of a lot. Desperation is showing and I really hope that means the UWP will be victorious. The thought of another 5 years with an Astaphan running the country is horrendous.

    • The Facts
      December 4, 2014

      What about you? How much good manners do you possess?

  68. Dominican
    December 4, 2014

    I thought once election call and house dissolve Skerrit not pm again? So how is it he negotiating salary increase. Think the man stupid if he win he will then tell them the contract was null and void because at the time he wasn’t pm but political leader.

    • Thor
      December 4, 2014

      Don’t be a fool. He is prime minister until such time another person is elected to that position. So who do you think is managing the affairs of the country?

      After the US elections, congress is still meeting and some members are still voting on bills even though come January they will no longer be members of congress.

    • Barbara Saunders
      December 4, 2014

      Goodness, when will you all seek to inform yourselves before posting wrong information?

      I agree that was bad timing as he will not be able to convince anyone that this is not merely political. Just as the other promises made by the other side are also political but I guess that this is the season.

    • The Facts
      December 4, 2014

      You are making people laugh at you, at least the intelligent ones.
      It is dissolved for an election but it still remains that he is the PM until election is over. Should he win and I hope he does, he will still be the PM.
      Do not be silly. You lack confidence. Your words are demeaning. What do you take him for? It is nonsense stating that he will tell them the contract is null and void. Can your brains not rise higher than that? They are low. Have respect, fool. He would never do such a thing.

  69. Mahaut
    December 4, 2014

    Skerrit is sounding like a boy who is trying to date a girl and tells her everything she wants to hear, but as soon as she give him her approval, he changes his mind after. So Dominicans don’t make this desperate man fool you all again.!!
    Based on Skerritt’s track record is no way he will keep this promise to raise salaries. All the money that is being spent on the campaign there won’t be any left for Civil Servants.
    So Dominicans I call on you all to vote with your head!

    • Ex Lime
      December 4, 2014

      I dont believe him… Skerrit promised LIME colleagues that he will help them get their redundancy… nothing never happened. I don’t trust him, he is not to be trusted.
      So Public servants do not believe him.

    • Educate
      December 4, 2014

      Dominican: please educate yourself. I mean how many times must it be posted that he still remains prime minister according to the laws? How many times? The whole world has to read how pathetic you all continue to be. For crying out loud…..

    • The Facts
      December 4, 2014

      I suppose you should know. Maybe you were once deceived by someone and many times. So negative. Some of you turn people off this Website due to your foolishness. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  70. 1979
    December 4, 2014

    its interesting that today the 4th of December and PUBLIC WORKS salaries have not been paid……im even closing my eyes and forgetting about christmas because i already know is till feburary those salaries will be paid…forward unto carnival

    need i say more about where im putting my XXXXXXXXXXXXX?????????????????????????

    • December 4, 2014

      Wether they get paid or not they will still vote for him. They have knowledge of ALL his wrong doings, but it does not matter. MISERY DO LIKE COMPANY.

    • Andy
      December 4, 2014

      It would appear Roosevelt Skeritt is slowly losing his mind, and is slowly but surely self- destructing. In the past weeks each time Skeritt opens his mouth, his mouth isn’t large enough to hold his feet. If I were an advisor to Skeritt I would advise him to lose his tongue and voice until December 9, 2014.
      Skeritt should understand that many, many public servants are much more intelligent and educated that him. Anyone first grader would realize that Skeritt doesn’t believe what he saying. Does Skeritt really expect public servants to believe that within 48 hours he could pick up a phone and negotiate with two governments to receive monies to pay an increase in salary of 3%, 1%, and1%, however, he had an entire team negotiating for months and their final offer was 1%, 0%, 0%. Unless Skeritt friends are dictators suffering from the “I” syndrome it is impossible for any government to make such a promise without convening their parliament, since such a deal would need the approval of parliament.
      In which country where the parliament has been dissolved the former PM can unilaterally make decisions with foreign governments and thump his chest saying “I did”.
      The other members of Skeritt’s team should be ashamed of themselves since this man continuously demonstrates it’s all about him. Skeritt must remember that he is the one who has been boasting there needs to be a university grad in everyone home. Thanks Skeritt those university grads will be able to explain your bluff to their parents.
      Skeritt this 2014 not 1950. La terre eclawa.

    • The Facts
      December 4, 2014

      You better vote for him otherwise they will not get paid until probably six months time, if they do.

  71. On my own
    December 4, 2014

    Boyyyyyyyy Mr. Linton has power. More power to the people.

    God bless Dominica.

    • Zuma
      December 5, 2014

      No Linton does not have power. Power belongs to the most high.. What Linton has is ideas which he is working hard to come up with and the smart Skerrit takes it and runs with it, so tell me who is the jackkkkk.. Secondly go look up smart bajan by sparrow this is skerro.. Lennox is working hard to come up with good ideas

      Skerro the smart man is taking theses ideas and running a mile with it whilst laughing.. Isn’t that brill… Brilliant

  72. AWADAT?
    December 4, 2014

    What next can we expect? Guess the percentage will increase before Monday 8th December. Is it the findings of the latest poll which has him sounding so desperate? Of course soon we will hear again the polls indicate a clear win for the DLP. Apparently those silent voters (some civil servants) are not in favour of Mr Skerrit. Incidentally I met a gentleman who shares the same last name as the PM and the bloke was carrying a huge blue flag at the back of his truck.

  73. Free Thinker
    December 4, 2014

    Too little, too late Mr Skeerrit!! Dominican Public Servants are not fools…….Respect us!! Four days before elections you are coming with your half-baked promise? If you were in our position how would you view this?

    Time to pack up and go

    • December 4, 2014

      I just hope those civil servants are paying attention and not falling for that crap. I also hope they are wise enough to recognise that this is a ploy for votes.

    • A Doubting Thomas
      December 4, 2014

      That is why we are a democratic country under the current PM and the DLP continuing in government come December 8th, 2014.

      You can either take the PM word which we can trust when he says good things for Dominica are going to happen, take our Stadium, our College, the Yes We Care Program and so much more and Vote him and the Dominica Labour Party by placing your X by the Shoe or you can vote UWP and we also know that their track record is very bad and the words coming from their mouths, only God can help us that they do not come to past.

      The choice is a very simple one for the civil servants if they value their future.

  74. Thor
    December 4, 2014

    But that is not sustainable. How can the government look to other governments to provide financing for recurring expenditure?

    They have to take a look at the size of the public service and trim it where necessary. When that is done, they can then use the extra funds to pay those that they need a decent wage. You have a bloated civil service that are being paid peanuts and then you go begging other governments to provide you with the funds to pay modest increases?

    How does that make any sense?

    • LINUX
      December 4, 2014

      just like the NEP programe

    • fantastic4
      December 5, 2014

      What about the bloated Cabinet and advisors on Civil servants you strong. And pleased those who are hacking into my computer enjoy it- my IT service provider showed me the IP address that shares my computer and points directly to you guys who know your selves – in fact he asked me if I wanted to fire wall it and told him frankly a big no!! let the guys enjoy themselves because I have little or nothing to hide….so enjoy!you guys know who I am and I know who you are also hahaha!

  75. jucyfruit
    December 4, 2014

    Skerrit you loose your head big time now you never want to give us increse salary but just days before general you coming with that nonesense i am not going to be fool by you ever again,change is a must .you see you done loose the election already so you trying to see if you can still survive but no way hosea yout time has finally come to an end accept it .U W P AND TEAM DOMINICA ALL THE WAY

  76. Anonymous
    December 4, 2014

    The least you can do is name the countries that are so friendly and generous to Dominica. But you won’t because it’s all in your head or there’s countries are not doing it for the reasons you stated. And stop worrying about where UWP getting money remember “your go to hell” response why should anyone tell you about their source of funds when your have no respect for the people you keep begging to vote for you. You need to stop stressing yourself out though you’ve already won rememeber all 21 seats so why does it matter what Lennox says or not say. Your need to seek serious professional psychological help Mr PM to maintain your sanity.

  77. December 4, 2014

    Labour Desperation at it’s best. Reminds us of Something Kenny Anthony the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia would do. We were promised 100 million injection into our economy from friendly donors. That 100 million never made its way to saint lucia. But then again they say birds of a feather. We hope Skeritt realizes that with oil prices plummeting, those friendly donors themselves are seeking assistance. Further, a 5% increase is not a one time lump sum so how is he going to sustain that increase and what committment was given by those so call donors. #Gimmick

    • jadia
      December 4, 2014

      Remember there is an unaccounted 8 million dollars floating in St Lucia? I hope that is not where it went to.

  78. December 4, 2014

    Time to quit 3 elections is too much for one man. Mr Skerrit making decisions when cabinet is desolved. There is more to come crank up the pressure Lennox this is the home straight. Turn up the heat your nearly there but don’t get complacent. New the hard work beging today.

    • He he he
      December 4, 2014

      O the 3 elections that is all you problem. Stueps!

  79. Zuma
    December 4, 2014

    Ok tricks are for kids how will the opposition provide this money they are yet to show.. They did not have the resource for campaign.. So where are their friendly government friends when they need is you and your next door neighbour who will pay for the increase when Linton and his cabal get in power.. They will take from you and give to the non employed.. See who is laughing now. Eh…

    • LINUX
      December 4, 2014

      the uwp and labour party is not the government of dominica. having the larger resources is always reserved for the party in power.
      the problem is management, if the government can manage the county purse properly, then they can give a 10 percent increase, but all you can see is wasting of the country’s money by sewo, sewo, land, villas, apartment, big suv’s and offshore accounts,,,

      so please get your head from your @$$ AND VOTE FOR CHANGE.

      • Zuma
        December 5, 2014

        So therefore his campaign funds should not be questioned as you mentioned he has the bigger share of the pie am I right or am I right

    • Bee
      December 4, 2014

      Zuma…..Money for development in a country comes from the public purse. money for campaign is a different story. But i cant blame you for thinking the way you do. You only going on the actions and words of your might skerrit.

    • looking
      December 4, 2014

      you still have not understood diplomacy. Stop going to rallies and spend time educating yourself

    • Nac Vibes
      December 4, 2014

      The’ve been telling you how they will do it for months now and it seems most of Dominica see their picture but your red mist is clouding your vision.
      Maybe you are just frightened that when the red clinic is no more and help is given to the needy and not the greedy, you will then have to do a day’s work. I can see how that thought frightens you.

    • Methusala
      December 4, 2014

      I am not surprised at your level of reasoning, all it does is go to prove that that majority of you the Labor Party enforcers are FUNCTIONAL ILLITERATES. However, I will respond on behalf of people who understand logic and who can reason logically, deducing meaning and substance from real world issues.
      With new markets, new drive in agriculture, Agro Processing, retraining and association of persons in job placement based on skill qualifier identification so as to increase production. That is just a taste, I honestly hope you can comprehend. So if you can, respond and I will give you more pointers.
      However, in the meantime I could be ignorant like you and the others and tell you go to hell and its not your damn business who giving workers money but I would prove to be just as ignorant as you and your brainwashed functional Illiterate cronies but we above that and I am hoping that we can continue the dialogue.

    • Question
      December 5, 2014

      So do you really think that Skerrit has genuinely raised the millions he is using for his campaign right now? Don’t you realize that he is getting money in the name of the country and using it to do his thing? UWP is not the ruling government so they cannot go and ask for money on behalf of DA. Skerrit is doing that and using it for his campaign..Are you going to keep taking pennies while the millions given or loaned to your country for you and the other citizens is squandered on a campaign? Wake up.

  80. December 4, 2014

    Please skerritt get a life your the one lucky dipping with the countries money . why is only now you proposing and fronting? you want to be re-elected eh? and then what huh Mr one man government whats next? you remind me of the destinys child (A TEAM) but all you seeing infront is beyonce thats why there isnt a group anymore. its all about SKERITT. Skeritt up front and his other singers behind. Thats why your face is the only face on the cover of the manifesto like you taking a selfie. Its all about you in power!!!! How is the DLP (THE TEAM) i repeat ensuring us that they DESERVE ANOTHER FIVE YEARS!!!! WHAT HAVE Y’ALL DONE SO FAR????? you telling lennox and the UWP to put up or shut up before monday? You know what he’ll do better he’ll Stand up and shut you down holding hands with the UWP (THE TEAM) and proud dominicans ready for change.

  81. Mamizoo
    December 4, 2014

    One word comes to mind – Dementia.

  82. smh
    December 4, 2014

    scareit if you did receive funds from 2 friendly gov’t then when you get out of power it will still be negotiated because it was done as the gov’t of dominica and not gov’t of scareit…they are not going to stop the funding because of a change in government

  83. Good Ways
    December 4, 2014

    I think public service need to thank the UWP and Lennox Linton because it clear they are only getting this increase now is because of the pressure being place on Labour party, now Skerrit is forced to take them seriously.

  84. Bishop
    December 4, 2014

    Mr Skerrit what you are selling Dominicans not buying. What you are giving away we not not want. The umpire already made the decision, you are out. We have received the televised replay you missed the mark by a long run. Do the decent thing, just walk back to the pavilion, and while you are at it lead your team off the field. Don’t you think it is time you stop begging. Is that what we ave come to, a country of beggars. You have carried the country as far as you can, allow Joshua to take us now into the promise land. Finally Mr Skerrit the same friendly governments that you contacted, didn’t they tell you that they have already given our future PM the same assurance that is why he aw Abe to ake the offer long befor you.

  85. December 4, 2014

    Skerrit is in trouble and under huge pressure and the labour mp just leave him in his dehba .Out of nowhere he find 3%,1%,1% , a joker or a magician. Help the labour party leader for the pressure is great.

  86. zulu
    December 4, 2014

    Y u want to know where workers get their money from remembered what you said instead of saying tell Lennox Linton we shall now say tell rosevellt skerrit it is none of his damn business where the workers party get their money from go to hell go to hell remembered these famous words

  87. December 4, 2014

    Mr. PM you true leadership is commendable. In time of crisis you have displayed the utmost tolerance and patience. I am hoping that those who have incited violence and call for destruction will one day answer for their actions. Our prayers and tears are with you.

    • Mahaut
      December 4, 2014

      Patience, wake up and smell the coffee! Are you under a rock?

    • Nac Vibes
      December 4, 2014

      Oh please hush up, your wickedness is coming to an end.

    • Papa Dom
      December 4, 2014

      AA! you shedding tears already, who beat you? All those asking where will UWP get the money if you hadn’t obeyed skerritt and not listened to what team Dominica was saying you would have gotten the answer. So without any negotiation or the negotiating team skerritt promises salary increase. And since when goes a government promise an increase today for today? I mean lets be real, this guy hasn’t said one words about how he is going to try, at least try, to improve the economy, not one word.

    • 4u2c
      December 4, 2014

      BS…God don’t listen to those wicked prayers!!

    • I can't be fooled
      December 4, 2014


  88. oh lawd
    December 4, 2014

    Views on the matter:

    1. Shame, shame, shame…It saddens me that the PM is rejoicing over the fact that he allegedly had to go to countries with which Dominica has relations to seek funds to provide public servants with an increase in salary. Just a big old shame! And anyone rejoicing about the offered 5% is due for a mental check. At this point, while we all know the global economy is not what it once was, I think this is a matter which should have been handled internally, rather than running to another country to bail the government out on salary negotiations.

    2. It’s a little all too convenient that the 0% and 1% increase which were once offered went up to 5%. If the PM had the prowess to seek such assistance, why couldn’t he have bypassed all of the negotiations and go straight to this resolution? Or did he possibly think the unions would accept the initial offers, as if public servants don’t deserve more than 0% and 1%. This is way too convenient. I’ll call a spade a spade, I see the PM have too many tricks for his own good.

    3. I’m greatly annoyed that nearly everyday I read comments from the PM he is challenging Linton. Challenging the man to what? Oh geeze, the PM had the opportunity to challenge the man in a formal debate…he said he has no interest in debating a political novice, but now he seems to have interest in CHALLENGING the very same political novice. I don’t get the logic of staying clear of a debate, but throwing words from the political platform. This comes across as fear…a very questionable quality of a leader.

    Who don’t like it can lump it because regardless of which party you support, every single point raised is true! Sorry, it’s time we, the electorate, start seeing things for what they are.

    • Weeping
      December 4, 2014


    • I can't be fooled
      December 4, 2014

      you could not have said it better. Thumbs up to you.Who vex lost !!!! The man need Dr Benjamin

    • I can't be fooled
      December 4, 2014

      you could not have said it better. Thumbs up to you.Who vex lost !!!! The man need Dr Benjamin Hartley go and fix Barbados first. You just making the man make a fool of himself.

  89. Lang Mama
    December 4, 2014

    And Athley Aaron, Parry Bellot , Karmala sad we are not ready for debate yet Skerrit is debating from a distance. The funny thing is that 80% of the laborites at the gathering don’t understand Skerrit limited vocabulary when he say ” due to liquidation and anticipated excess revenue”. But this is where I am even more convinced that Skerrit is disconnected. Mike Douglas and Rosie Douglas the real laborites would find a grass root phrases mixed with some creole even if it is to lie to the people. Lang Mama not even sure if Skerrit know aw Liquidity means.

    If Dominica has friends and wel wishers then whether it is Skerrit , Linton or honorable Lang Mama the wedding gifts will still be there Skerrit. I wonder whether Skerrit is aware that Dominica existed before him


  90. zulu
    December 4, 2014

    All of a sudden salary can be increased I don’t know why the pm don’t stop
    this game he is playing one thing I know power destroys people and my mother always told me God has the power to show you he is God stop using your psychology on people

    • Taking Notes
      December 4, 2014

      I don’t think the PM is offering to increase salaries all of a sudden. Read the text carefully. I think it is a fear challenge to Linton, where is the funds going to come from? Dominica, a country of 69k people, with a small fraction of those represents the public sector (tax payers), a large source of funds for the Gov’t, although I am not taking any sides, but the PM has a valid point. It is always easy pointing fingers at a distance. Given the opportunity, I really don’t think they can do better, or I should say able to do better…To many constraints.

      • Helas!!
        December 4, 2014

        Please learn to spell (FEAR) fair, and tell mr. skerrit if he want to talk then beg for the debate he rejected.

      • liberty
        December 4, 2014

        cutting wasteful spending by getting rid of politically appointees would be a good start..

      • Mamizoo
        December 4, 2014

        Laborites who don’t want a debate between the two party leaders are themselves choosing to come argue their opinion on behalf of Roosevelt.
        so while you make an argument that the country is broke I trust that you do realize that $30 Million is currently being wasted in an election campaign. In a country where $1 million a day is being spent on a political party campaign that country should be doing well enough to provide dignity to its civil servants. I do understand that human tendency to blank out the truth in order to protect that belief or even ideology,political party and feeling of association.

      • I can't be fooled
        December 4, 2014

        you lie. You taking for him.Why dont you talk abou the population of Dominica and the population on the voters list instead all you Labourites seeing like the fish they call a saul.

      • Chris
        December 4, 2014

        @ Taking notes, I glad you said a country of 69K, and our voter list showing 72K? Ridiculous!

      • zulu
        December 4, 2014

        I stand by my opinion it is all of a sudden I i personally think it’s a strategy to get the people who are ignorant of the political disaster that is going on in this country

    • Educate
      December 4, 2014

      You all will never be satisfied. Come what may Hon Skerrit is the greatest leader. Don’t do it you all vex. Do it you all still vex. Damn crabs in a barrel.

  91. natural dominican
    December 4, 2014

    The Dominican PM has finally made a fool of himself…After fighting the PSU for years you come up with this move of desperation smfh lmao. You have the audacity to challenge the opposition for their source of income when all you give the Dominican people is “Labour have friends”. How foolish and Gullible do you think we are Mr PM. I know you gotta say what you gotta say to win votes but please DO NOT INSULT THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE DOMINICAN PEOPLE. Tricks are for kids!

  92. IG
    December 4, 2014

    Grasping at straws. Time For Change. It’s Nothing Strange! :lol:

  93. Anonymous
    December 4, 2014

    Of course, five minutes to twelve he makes this offer, which by the way he can not afford, in order not to loose to many votes from the public works. I tell you, do not fall for this, he has not got the means nor the intention to keep his promise.

    • Waterfall
      December 4, 2014

      Anonymous. He is gifted with art of negotiating – so he will deliver. He makes the ultimate sacrifice for his people. He will deliver. To be honest – Hon Skerrit and his team needs to continue developing Dominica for another fifteen years. They have the vision and the means to make things happen positively. No dislikes to my comments – simply accept the truth. The negotiator…………

  94. Jon Carson
    December 4, 2014

    We should be extremely cautious with these last minute proposals and not be fooled. Dominicans it is paramount and of the uttermost importance, that we think wisely because there are going to be all kinds of fly-by-night promises. These promises are going too emerged in the next few days leading up to Monday, December 8th so be aware.

    Dominica need better and a stronger opposition – we do not want any landslide as that would not be in Dominica’s best interest.

  95. Oh Yes
    December 4, 2014

    Lennox will let you deux parle.

  96. smh
    December 4, 2014

    Well skerrit now is the time to go debate. All of a sudden you get the money. I wonder who are those “friendly governments.” Why are you now calling out Linton ? Where were you when he was calling you out to debate, disclose your source of your campaign funding? The Labour party had maintained that the country can’t afford to raise the public servants pay. Now within days of election, parliament dissolve, but you are saying you will be able to increase their pay. What will be given in return to those “friendly governments”? So you Skerrit want to take loans, or receive grant money to pay the country’s public servants. The country doing so bad that everything is grants or loans. Your days are numbered. Start packing your stuff from the office.

    • Outsider looking in
      December 4, 2014

      He should have already been packed and out because the house has been dissolved.

  97. Wesley person
    December 4, 2014

    Skeritt, OMG, GIVE it up already! At this present time you’re sounding very irrational!!!!!

  98. Real Dominican
    December 4, 2014

    PM, your efforts to look after your people, our people here in Dominica, should never go unnoticed. What you did to be able to give the public servants this much needed increases, something that our poor treasury could not handle, the Public Servants, I must say, should show their approval, by giving you the much deserved 5 more years. Under the UWP Administration, that would NOT and Can’t be visible. Further more, we need to have and maintain a Government who cares about its people and Country

    • Weeping
      December 4, 2014


    • December 5, 2014

      You need to have your head examine.
      15 yrs, negative export, no jobs,
      loans and more loans on the backs of the people of
      Ask Skerrit, to disclose the names of the
      ‘friendly’ government who have agreed to
      to fund the salaries days before election.
      You hear lie, as usual-“We know where we getting the money”.
      Ha!ha! All fools day was April 1.
      Not this time Skerrit, the game is over.

  99. roseau
    December 4, 2014

    Skerrit why 4 days before an election you giving civil servants the increase, so long they are asking and U say 000. Well I know the civil servants are waiting for the 8th to give you a heavy dose of you own medication.

  100. I'm no fool no sirie
    December 4, 2014

    Sooooo You must really take public officers for fools. On the eve of an election you can find money to pay increase? Where were the friendly Governments before? I hope public officers get that by Friday December 5th, 2014. Public officers are not fools.

  101. Lang sal
    December 4, 2014

    Yes I Skerro! Linton has you by your b…..!
    ALL civil servants must be thankful to Linton.

    Keep the pressure on Linton. I expect more to come!

    • Good Luck Jonathan
      December 4, 2014

      Yah Boy. Linton really HAVE MY pm ON THE RUN. Run Skerro run Linton is on his way

    • Just Saying
      December 4, 2014

      Lol. Tru dat

  102. Shaka zulu
    December 4, 2014

    Smfh. Is this guy really serious. You are telling me four days before election you have suddenly received promises from friendly governments to increase salaries of public servants. This is not the way to improve economically. The UWP proposed cutting wasteful spending. This is why a debate is important so you could hear there plans. Skeritt behaves like a guy in a fight who slings a punch when no body is looking then goes and hide behind his mother’s dress.
    Are you Dominicans so stupid to be fooled by this BS.. I am lost for words at the level we have accepted.

  103. Nature Isle for Life
    December 4, 2014

    Linton…. please tell him until he reveals the sources of the financing for his campaigning, the details of the numerous MOU’s, etc. …’s not his damn business!!!

    How can he request transparency from the opposition when he is not practicing it?

  104. PROUD
    December 4, 2014

    wooooop wooooooop! Skerrro Skerro! yes my boy u have shown that you can deliver! Finally what I have been waiting for. My vote is yours. I believe u will do it more than I believe Linton will do it.

    • magwasah
      December 4, 2014

      you are so stupid I am glad I don’t have to use ink to print this response.

    • I can't be fooled
      December 4, 2014

      i always know u singing for ur supper, continue to do so.You are onluy one person .The world knows he is a big time liar

  105. The Following
    December 4, 2014

    So Skerrit Dominica is known as the begging country……everything is somebody else that have to give it to us…..for the 15 years DLP was in power you mean NO economic growth occurred that you were able to give an increase in salary without begging other countries!!!!!! #sad

  106. Bee
    December 4, 2014

    Public officers suffering so long because salaries cannot make ends meet. Skerrit realize he loosing elections and all of a sudden he can give them 3,1,1% . The same 5% he said that UWP was offering as pie in the sky. He cannot say which friendly governments helping him but he even have the gall to ask UWP to declare their source of funding when they have already done so.

    Whoever heard of governments, friendly or not, giving money for increase in salaries? where is the sustainability in that? According to Tony that is madness.

  107. Country Man
    December 4, 2014

    Linton has already said where the money is coming from to fund the salary increase. Why doesn’t Skerrit name his “friendly Government” and those who pledge. Who the hell is “friendly Government”?!! How long will the friendly Government fund the salary increase because Tony Astaphan said there is not other funding for the increase

    • Good Luck Jonathan
      December 4, 2014

      Hey Dominican give Skero more credit than that. Skero getting the money from the republic of ME, the Undemocratic island of MYSELF and the Commonwealth of I

  108. Natural Living
    December 4, 2014

    lololololololol……OMG….Lennox you really have Labour Ka’twavey
    sooo pathetic…..dumb political move….

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