Leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit, is assuring public servants that their salaries will not be reduced under a DLP administration.
Rumors were rife over the weekend that salaries of public servant will be reduced following a job re-classification exercise.
But speaking at a DLP rally in Pottersville on Sunday evening, Skerrit said this is far from the truth.
“I can say here tonight, as the next minister of finance and the next prime minister of Dominica, that no public officers’ salary shall be reduced…” he said.
According to Skerrit, his government has managed the country’s finances in a “good and prudent” manner and over the years has actually increased the salaries of public servants allowing them to have more disposable income.
Additionally, he said, the DLP has increased the tax threshold and because of that, many public servants do not pay income tax.
“It is because of Labour most public officers do not pay income tax in Dominica because the Labour Party increased the tax threshold to $25,000, so any body in Dominica making about $2,000 a month do not pay any taxes in Dominica,” he said. “There are many people, when we came into office, who were making less than a $1,000 a month as full time employees and the Labour Party took a decision that nobody who is working full-time should make less than $1,000 a month…”
He noted that when the DLP came into office many public officers could not build their own homes and with assistance from Venezuela, they were able to get loans with interest rates as low as 4 percent.
“And many public officers have homes today because of the DLP,” Skerrit said. “And as minister of finance I have control over the resources, I could have said who should get loans and who should not get loans but everybody who applied got qualified, got a loan and build their homes.”
He went on to say there are many United Workers Party (UWP) supporters who have home because of the DLP.
“My view about this country and a government is we are a government of everybody,” Skerrit said. “Not over one set, it is for everybody.”