UWP promises better salaries for public officers

Linton said the UWP will increase salaries for public servants
Linton said the UWP will increase salaries for public servants

The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has promised public officers salary increases and the reinstatement of five percent in salaries which the party’s political leader said were taken from them some time ago.

Speaking at a “Victory for Change Rally” on the Newtown savannah on Sunday,  UWP leader, Lennox Linton, described the matter as a “long standing injustice” that “needs to be addressed.”

According to him, some years ago as part of the austerity measures taken in Dominica, five percent was taken from the salaries of the public servants to be replaced “when things got better.”

He said a UWP government will give public servants the five percent back and he also promised a salary increase.

“And we came here tonight to claim victory for change,” Linton stated. “That victory for change will mean that when we will become the government within three months, we will make arrangements for the five percent taken from the public officers from this country. Not only are we going to ensure that you get a salary increase for the three years under negotiation, but the five percent that was taken from you years ago, will be reinstated.”

The UWP leader also added that this election is going to be a very “important” one for Dominica.

“One that is going to change the course of Dominica for a long time to come,” he stated.

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148 Comments

  1. November 12, 2014

    Prudent with the Country’s Finances? Wow! The PM and some of his Ministers got increasingly wealthy in the last ten years while the economy survived on foreign aid…hardly increasing its GDP!!! Dominica has not been “prudently managed”…not by a stretch!
    There are millions of Dominican money, money belonging to the People of Dominica, not accounted for! With proper and responsible fiscal management, a lot can be done to benefit ALL Dominicans. And that’s to include an improvement in the lives of our Civil Employees and Public Servants.
    When these funds are misdirected and used as temporary gifts and handouts to sway voters it only steals from the permanent and sustainable benefits that should be afforded to the true foundation of any civilized nation, our Teachers who hold the future, our Policemen who keep us safe and our Doctors and Nurses who hold our lives in their hands!!! I say “prudent” is the last word you should use to describe the DLP’s management of the Country’s purse!

  2. Anonymous
    November 12, 2014

    Where there is no vision the people perish

  3. Anonymous
    November 12, 2014

    Did Lennox forget that in his budget he made no allowance for the payments to civil servants and that he said in the first fiscal year he will be operating on a deficit? How will he be able to pay civil servants within the first three month? i need an answer.

  4. Voting laybar
    November 12, 2014

    I love my Linton

  5. A thinking Dominican
    November 12, 2014

    We Dominicans are amazing,, I am not a civil servant but if I were, I would be the last person to speak on behalf of the Labor Party government, because for 15 years the civil servants of Dominica haven’t received not one increase in salary under this government, but The Dominica labor party saw it fit to increase The PM and his ministers salary by 50%. At least Lennox Linton is considerate enough to see that the civil servants of Dominica are in need of an increase in salary, that’s a man with a heart. He also stated that a PM should serve two terms only and then someone else should be given the opportunity to be Prim Minister. it is a system that would work like it is in the USA. the President only serves two terms. Dominicans can’t you all see, that’s a man who is not greedy behind power. because the two term serving law would affect him also. Dominicans tell Skerit to let another party member be Leader and PM, and you all will see if hell doesn’t break loose. he would kill labor party before he follow any other person. and one more thing, do a bit more research on tourism in the Caribbean and you will find out that, we have the most beautiful and natural island in the Caribbean, and we are the least visited and make the least money out of tourism. ask ur self why? why are our exports so much lower than imports. these are the things that we need to focus on, agriculture, tourism, marketing, these are what will grow the islands economy and create jobs.

  6. ju
    November 12, 2014

    u think u coming and kill our country lennox.u lieeeeeeeeeeeee

  7. awa wi
    November 12, 2014

    Public works still waiting for their salary its GOING ON THREE MONTHS NOW that the reality the prime minister promise to pay last friday another lie promise to help PWC still lies all of you shouting LOBOUR your turn will come change have nothing to do with UWP . the labour party almost no longer need our votes wit all the overseas Chinese, Haitian brain wash young people and frighten old voters they no longer need the worker class to win elections ,soon we we all be on the bread line

  8. uwp
    November 12, 2014

    how uwp will do it
    with what
    when
    i do not think he self lin can answer that

  9. uk Dominican
    November 12, 2014

    civil servant are truly the back bone of any country MR linton knows that, if mr linton refuse to keep that promise we should all rise up and remind him of this important pledge

  10. November 12, 2014

    shame on them guys. dominicans working for nought while them travelling alll over the place with 10 000 $ allowance in their pocket. where darroux and allick lawrence was last month? on the other side of the world? malaysia it was well them guys going far

  11. anon
    November 11, 2014

    uwp win already.

  12. spoilt ballot
    November 11, 2014

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    Like or Dislike:  0  0spoilt ballotNovember 11, 2014Your comment is awaiting moderation

    any other party contesting.

    I refuse to select the lesser of two evils.

    I am not voting.

    both uwp and dlp are 2 cohshonies . utter rubbish.

  13. spoilt ballot
    November 11, 2014

    any other party contesting.

    I refuse to select the lesser of two evils.

    I am not voting.

    both uwp and dlp are 2 cohshay mies. utter rubbish.

  14. ????????
    November 11, 2014

    Civil Servants though should also remember that other sectors employees contributed 4% Stabilization levy for their benefit too … When they trying to buy that promise. They took the cut … we in the other sector subsidized with 4% … We were not reimbursed and we saw this as a sacrifice to protect the Civil Servants job and salaries.

    Hope they remember.

  15. ????????
    November 11, 2014

    Do you all remember that Public Sector Workers like myself paid 4% during the austerity measures so that no Civil Servants would not be sent home? That 4% together with the cut of 5% from the Civil Servant was a sacrifice made to raise the funds for the Civil Servant’s benefit. ???? for Lennox will you also pay back the 4% to the other persons (Non Civil Servant) who paid the 4% for the benefit of the Civil Servants???

    You should think before you speak and understand clearly what was done back then before you make that promise because the private Sector employees will be looking forward to the reinstatement of the cumulative 4% paid towards the stabilization levy.

    How do you intend to raise the money for payment to Civil Servants and other expenses …. Remember Government is not a buying and selling business. Taxes are the revenue earners and Grants from Friendly Government ably assists the Government. Diplomatic ties and relationships are a different kettle. The Ambassador had such an interesting article and educational one at that on the air.

  16. Mahaut talk roro
    November 11, 2014

    Poor u poor u anything to win a vote lying where are u get the money lying skiroooo is taking dominica forward his 5 good 1 wrong so his good is better than many…lol

    • Eyeballs
      November 11, 2014

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Look empty promises to get votes.

    • November 12, 2014

      what language you just write dutch? i aint understand nothing you say explain yourself again.

  17. concern
    November 11, 2014

    Empty promises are made to fools . Whilst this may be an empty promise or political gimmick , a raise of salary is of significant importance .Over twenty years I left Dominica and some civil servants like police officers , teachers , nurses to name a few cannot get $3000ec monthly . Why are civil servants receiving such little pay for all this tedious labor? A police recruit gets $4000ec a month where I live and a trainn teacher/ nurse , a sergeant of Police in Dominica cannot touch a mere $3000ec , come on , stop treat civil servants like slaves , or is Dominica a Haitian country? The cost of living is so high in D /CA. I am in total support of salary raise when a new Government is elected , not 5% but atleast 15%, Its time that Dominicans rise above that hand to mouth survival. YES I SUPPORT SALARY RAISE FOR ALL .

    • November 12, 2014

      nice comment been saying that all the time is like my people in da just accept their fate and that poor low standard of living while ministers with their high salaries have all types of allowances.

  18. truth.
    November 11, 2014

    Laborites dont be troubled , all you will benefit from the 5 percent and more. Vote for change and your generations to come. All year round we were hungry now election call money and material things flashing around like madness. My God help my country. My people after the election what next, will there be food on your table. Think it over.

    • DANZIGER
      November 11, 2014

      Jamais change is 100 dollar bill change it but not our PM. HE IS OUR MAIN MAN and we love him. Right now is bwa bwa men that around fooling ppl and making PROMISES. We will keep him cuz his is the best of ALL. WARNING a good PM is hard to find so don’t listen to pawol jazz.

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2014

      i was never humgry for the pass yrs amd i will never be i know my God must provide for me and family.

  19. Roach
    November 11, 2014

    The 5% cut in salary was reinstated a long time ago Lennox…….

    • anti - ignorance
      November 11, 2014

      the salary was brought back up but the money taken was not reimburse, that’s what he said would be given back

      • ????????
        November 11, 2014

        anti – ignorance if he has to reimburse the amount taken … he has to also reimburse the 4% paid by persons who were not civil Servants because the 4% was to help pay their salaries. Have you checked what a big bill this will be?

      • Eyeballs
        November 11, 2014

        :( And, you believe that … Ask IMF where he going to get the money from so quickly

  20. Gary
    November 11, 2014

    Promises like this directed towards Public servants shows immaturity of leadership. It also shows that The UWP is more focus on winning by promises rather than understanding the reality of fiscal management. Linton thinks that to get votes from Public servants he needs to cook them some savory that pleases them.

    • ????????
      November 11, 2014

      So true!

      Civil Servants though should also remember that other sectors employees contributed 4% Stabilization levy for their benefit too … When they trying to buy that promise. They took the cut … we in the other sector subsidized with 4% … We were not reimbursed and we saw this as a sacrifice to protect the Civil Servants job and salaries.

      Hope they remember.

  21. 4-cars
    November 11, 2014

    How can you make such a statement: “Does he knows?” You and linton are on the same page.

  22. Knowledge is Power
    November 11, 2014

    Dominicans have been informed over and over where the money comes from and yet they play ignorant, just because they are colour blind.
    My advice is to listen to ‘focus on the ecomoy’. You can call in and ask questions.

  23. Is this reallyChange
    November 11, 2014

    This is the same man that cannot raise funds for a campaign but he can to increase salaries. He has failed at trial ii managing a campaign

  24. Trolol
    November 11, 2014

    All I know is skerrit is worst than Lennox linton even if lennox stands up there and do nothing. I’ve seen what skerrit is capable of but I’ve not seen what lennox is capable of. Has this man done anything by himself without foreign aid? I don’t like linton because of his high horse attitude, but I dislike skerrit even more. I’ll pick the better poison for the country.

    • Eyeballs
      November 11, 2014

      No country can do all by itself. They all need foreign aid big and small.

    • Yea Right
      November 12, 2014

      Well I prefer choose the poison I see that has brought some level of development to the country. Best we get aid than none at all. I am not leaving what I have seen for what I have not seen and the not seen is showing signs of being foo.

  25. looking
    November 11, 2014

    Key word – PROMISES!

  26. November 11, 2014

    We all know what is a “PROMISE” so come man, say where you are going to get the money to all the things you are promising. Oh let me see, loan from China or winning a bet from Vegas. come on Lenox., can’t you see, most Dominicans are not buying your promise. But if you don’t believe me you will soon find out. hahahaha

  27. Barb-Sepant
    November 11, 2014

    When UWP took over government in 1995 they met Dominica with a smooth running engine, all brand new sport wheels, a fresh coat of paint, nice interior and it even had a brand new spare tire; by 2000 when they were voted out Dominica had a smoking, oil dripping engine, all the tires were bald headed, it’s tail pipe had a big hole, the interior was torn and worn out, the paint was peeling off and the spare tire could not be found.
    The DLP took it and now it looks like a sports car again. So those of you who don’t know go for the change: put UWP to drive and take care of the sports car again and see how they will leave you with just the gear stick without even the gearbox attached this time!

    • 100% Dominican
      November 13, 2014

      That’s a lie. They met the treasury more than empty. At least when Rossie entered he met some money dere.

  28. November 11, 2014

    lenny I want some of what u smoking hahaha…pass it!!!!….no taxes plus and increase in salary…that has to be some good stuff..Pass it mi say!!!!!

  29. November 11, 2014

    That’s y Dominica will always be last in everything.change is coming and they still keep their head in the dirt.You guys put DLP back and y’all will become the world biggest beggars.Thank god for taking me out of this country.

  30. Sorl
    November 11, 2014

    To all those concerned about government of Dominica Balance Sheet.
    1) How much funds enters the Treasury monthly / yearly that are derived from VAT, Income Tax, Grants, Loans? How much is paid to Civil Servants and to cover day-to-day operation of government? If one does not know or understand this, all comments are meaningless.
    2) Both parties presented Budgets for FY 2014-2015. How many individuals commenting on this board actually took time to compare / contrast these 2 documents?
    3) Can Dominica improve its financial status by focusing on a more balance approached that includes Agriculture, Tourism, Foreign Investment etc rather that spending time chasing questionable / shady figures in the USD 30 trillion underground world?
    4) How many have actually been to the agricultural heights of Salisbury, Caholm, Marigot to witness the devastation generated by 15 years of neglect?
    5) Has the recently dissolved governing body being honest with Dominicans about the monies derived from Economic Citizenship? How is it that St. Kitts collects x10 more than Dominica over comparable periods?

    Spending time demeaning individuals may make you feel good about yourself, but advances no one!!!

  31. November 11, 2014

    Empty promises that’s all it is they left the treasury empty the last time remember one term and the treasury emptied

  32. Foo
    November 11, 2014

    Now wait a minute, let me get this straight!
    First, you said that the economy will take a HIT for the first (can’t remember number) of years
    Then, you said you will create 5,000 new jobs
    Then, you will get rid of the National Employment program
    Now, you will increase salaries by 5%?
    What will be next sir?

    I am a Public Officer, but I am no fool.

    • Eyeballs
      November 11, 2014

      You forgot the International Airport.
      And, he will build a bridge from Dominica to Guadeloupe so people will have to fly less between the two countries. Also, he will buy back DCP , expand the factory for more Dominicans to get jobs because they will have more soap and colgate to ship to other countries

  33. BLUE IS BACK
    November 11, 2014

    MR. Linton does not make promises he can’t keep. Change is a must!

  34. Lapo Layza
    November 11, 2014

    Change is a must. More to come. I love those examples of the changes to come. However they are not telling us at what cost these changes will come. Zohzio fou, mais zatwap pa fou. Just another reason to avoid the UWP. We the voters would like Mr. Fountain the economist to explain to us how these promises will be paid for. Nomme mwen lapo layzar will stick with Labar.

  35. Gulfstream
    November 11, 2014

    Dominicans please remember during the UWP campaign leading to the 1995 election Edison promised farmers $1.00 per pound of bananas. Did that ever materialized when he was PM?
    In Lennox so called budget at the theatre, he said that if and when wins the election, for the initial 2 yrs he will reverse the economy to a deficit. So how is he now gonna increase public servant salary by 5% and repay what was taken during the stabilization program.
    This is a wild cat in a bag that this man is presenting to Dominicans…..

  36. Time for change
    November 11, 2014

    Increase in salary will be welcome sir. Public servants are the ones doing the work and in the end those politicians who are benefiting. Those politicians are the ones building more than one house while public servants struggle to build a house, struggle to buy a piece of land, struggle to buy a vehicle and struggle to make ends meet at the end of the month We deserve a raise. It public servants that make the politicians look good. All increase will be definitely welcome!

    • Eyeballs
      November 11, 2014

      And, you believe you will get a salary increase huh. Keep dreaming till kingdom come. Nothing good comes so easy.

  37. Anonymous
    November 11, 2014

    how can you promise salary increase without first saying how you will increase revenue. Dominicans are no longer foolish. come better than that

  38. November 11, 2014

    Say what you mean; and mean what you say! Politics a set of scheming with dirty tricks.

  39. November 11, 2014

    Lennox how can you make such a promise to Public Servants when you cannot even get enough money to run your campaign? How are you going to negotiate to give people a raise? Stop fooling people heads you are making so many promises and I hope if for some mad reason you will,and you don’t deliver, you better run cause we Dominicans not easy! We take promises to heart.

  40. Salisbury
    November 11, 2014

    The God I serve is not blind he will surely leave this Unwanted Wicked People out

    • The Historian
      November 11, 2014

      God even let the Nazis win an election, so it can be safely assumed that His attention is on other matters than who holds political power and by what means they acquire it.

    • "Go to Hell"
      November 11, 2014

      @Salisbury, are you referring to god skerrit? I hope he is not the god you serving

    • notfooled
      November 11, 2014

      which god do u serve? PLEASE if you are refering to The Almighty, how are you serving Him by calling people unwanted? tell me, The Almighty is listening people watch what you say in this election seasons. better to thought of as a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubts. jus saying stop and think before you post

    • November 11, 2014

      stupes !!!

    • Yea Right
      November 12, 2014

      You know well is the God Most high above.

  41. Doc. Love
    November 11, 2014

    During the national address to the people of Dominica, by the Prime Minister, during the national celebrations, not one official word of thanks was said to the Public Servants. If anything was said, it was apance. During the two days of DLP fete in Roseau and Castle Bruce, the voters of Dominica including the Public Servants were addressed, the Prime Minister requested their votes but made no significant mention of the Public Servants. However, at the rally of the UWP at New Town, not only did Mr. Linton promised to increase the salaries of the Public Servants but to pay the 5% which was deducted from their salaries. Members of the Public Service Union, Firefighters, Nurses, Police, PWD Workers, their friends and families should have absolutely no hesitation in voting UWP Team Dominica to govern them for the next five years.

    • Time for change
      November 11, 2014

      that’s right.

    • Eyeballs
      November 11, 2014

      Alas…poor pity….. hope you get a salary increase eh if he wins

  42. who 2 vote 4?
    November 11, 2014

    I honestly prefer Skerrit than Lennox since Skerrit is a people’s person verses Lennox that always serious. Partywise, I have been a laborite all of my life and although I do not hate UWP like I hated DFP, I still love my DLP. However, as far as who is better for Dominica at this time I believe Lennox and UWP are better and that’s why I will be voting UWP this time. I see trouble and danger ahead and just to help save my country, I shall vote against my party and against Skerrit I have known in a personal way for a long time, verses Lennox I have NEVER kept a conversation with. I don’t see this election as Labor verses UWP but rather, voting to save Dominica verses voting to destroy Dominica and therefore I voting to save Dominica. I hope many of my fellow DLP supporters will help us do just that because Dominica at this time needs us more than ever before.

    • Yea Right
      November 11, 2014

      You are not a labourite so come straight.

    • Madame Dominique
      November 11, 2014

      Sorry to tell you, but your vote will just be thrown away……With no doubts Labour is going to win the election

    • propaganda
      November 11, 2014

      Sorry, you were never a labourite!!

    • BLUE IS BACK
      November 11, 2014

      Good choice! Vote for Dominica!

    • November 11, 2014

      Regardless of whether a DLP or UWP administration would be better, it’s respectable that you keep separate which candidate you personally like from which one you think would actually do a better job. I don’t think most voters do that, in any country.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2014

      In that case you are nothing but a FAKE labourite.

    • Anonymous555
      November 11, 2014

      “who to Vote 4’…SORRY i see destruction in voting the UWP remember when they were in power what happen can’t you see they speaking n following the same trend as their predecessors the same polices that got us in trouble in the first place the excessive borrowin at high intrest rates ar you blind you want to send me back 5yrs after all that ,open ur eyes …and by the way u were never a labourite cause we labourite are on top of the issues.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2014

      Stop lying… you have never been a supporter of the DLP because any level thinking supporter would not be babbling such rubbish. Continue to fly your blue.

    • youth
      November 11, 2014

      totally agree with you

    • November 11, 2014

      I’m telling you who ever you may be that is not one of the requirement to becoming the Primes Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica so go get yourself checked out and when you do take along with you Skerrit because you both need help..

      • who 2 vote 4?
        November 11, 2014

        @Patriot for change, supporters like yourself hurting uwp. I did not expect this kind of respond from a uwpite since I made it clear that this election is not who we like but rather saving DA, followed by a call to my labor friends to join me vote against our party to save Dominica. Why you think I need to go get checked? You really hurting UWP

      • BLUE IS BACK
        November 11, 2014

        patriot for change read the entire paragraph of the blogger b4 you comment… come on read….smh

    • Eyeballs
      November 11, 2014

      Stop lying…. vote you want

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2014

      hahahaha you must be smiling in front of a mirror and saying YES! I fool them, lol sot, the only people you just fool is that person in the mirror staring back at you :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2014

      U sound very stupid, u were never a labourite

  43. C. Joseph
    November 11, 2014

    To those people who are wondering about what state the treasury is going to be in when UWP gets in office I have one thing to say. The treasury will be empty; we all know that. But government is continuous. All the taxes, vat, custom duties, vehicle licenses and others that are being collected by the government every day will still be collected. It’s just that the UWP government will do a much better job of managing those funds. Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2014

      Their record in office does not speak to that. Intact the treasury was empty and they even took teachers to court over salary issues. Further if he promise to refund public servants what about the private sector who also contributed. Will he also refund them.

    • Attentive
      November 11, 2014

      Thank you for educating some of our people.

  44. Imagine
    November 11, 2014

    Again, I do not think that Mr. Linton is trying to attract the votes of educated undecided voters! Imagine a candidate striving to become the next PM is making such reckless promises to civil servants, it shows that he has not understood fiscal policies.

    I am just imagining if this really happens together with the cut in VAT and all the other promises, where this will bring Dominica back to 2000. Alas papa

    • BLUE IS BACK
      November 11, 2014

      He is not making reckless statements. If you really listen to MR. LInton( which I doubt you do) you would KNOW that he DOES NOT speak recklessly . He always has the facts.
      You want your party to stay in power because I guess someway you are benefiting but you don’t want good for the country. Be true to yourself..

    • truth
      November 11, 2014

      IMAGINE IF you was out of dominica in 2000 ,let me help you
      DOMINICA was much much better of in 2000 than now ,
      To be honest , the only better thing we have now than 2000 ,is the coastal road , although the job was a fraud,Every other thing was better, especially OUR BANK ACCOUNT AND OUR POCKETS

      • DANZIGER
        November 11, 2014

        FAN gace ou dette FOU OR FALL POUR RACONTER PAWOL PLAT KON SA.

    • Not a herd follower
      November 11, 2014

      You must not be mislead or lie about what others actually have said. The UWP did not say it will reduce the general VAT rate of 15 per cent. It said it will reduce the current 10 per cent VAT rate on tourist accommodation to 8 per cent to make our hotels more competitive,

  45. Ralph
    November 11, 2014

    If at this point in rising cost of living our government cannot offer an increase to their employees, then what do we need them for? I believe a modest 5% increase is possible and good for the economy. People will have more spending power.

    • November 11, 2014

      talk talk just like SKRITS PARTY more spending Lol!!!!!
      We need a third party. Lets just give UWP a chance to end the reign of these Neo DLP/LINO people(LINO= Labour In Name Only)hTey must be jailed no trial required the crimes against state are glearing. Assets ALL legal and or Illegal gains take away.
      If UWP can’t asure me that will be the first order of business then they have my Temporary vote for this election only.

    • Barbara Saunders
      November 12, 2014

      Ralph

      If I use your logic which prompted your question what do you need a government for if they cannot even offer a 5% increase then I would say that you would have to throw out the Governments of Barbados, St. Lucia, England, a string of European countries and more who have had to send home thousands of people, take salary cuts and more austerity measures.

      Of course the government of Dominica can pay 5% and can even refund the salary cuts of ten years ago. The only thing is that if I am to believe Dr. Thompson Fontaine on the state of the economy and Dominica being the poorest country in the hemisphere, a few hundred people may have to go home to facilitate that, so take your pick!

      I guess your counter argument would be what about the money being spent on elections. I believe there is a difference between party funds and government funds so we need to put legislation in place to regulate election funding so we would know where parties get monies to put up billboards and posters and give out tokens on the one hand, or undertake expensive group tours during winter of several countries in North America and Europe(involving the cost of winter clothes) and the Caribbean on the other hand, whichever they choose as their priority in campaigning.

  46. Expectation
    November 11, 2014

    St Lucia opposition made promises. They put it in effect when they came in. Just a few months after they removed it! Lennox and his MAD team think we Public Servants foolish. I have a brain and I am not foolish.

    • November 11, 2014

      Cut taxes, raise spending, and borrow less,
      You can only have two without making a mess.
      But when politician promise all three
      I telling you there that is main koshonee.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2014

      So if you have a brain
      Why you asking for less money.

  47. JoJo
    November 11, 2014

    Nothing I can see here but Charlie Jong’s brigade trying to do damage control because Lennox Linton stole Roosevelt Skerrit’s ball. I fully expected Roosevelt to make such a promise in the lead up to the election but Lennox outfoxed him, stole a march on him again. Who is leaking the campaign plans hmm? Roosevelt must be apoplectic.

    • Expectation
      November 11, 2014

      The PM is no MAD to make such a devastating promise.

      • BLUE IS BACK
        November 11, 2014

        the so=called pm mad already!

      • bigred
        November 11, 2014

        Expectation is you that Mad not the PM because you seem to forget all the promises he has made before; let me remind you: 1. He promised a new two wing Grammer school where is it? he can’t even finish the landscaping of the first wing muchless build the second wing; he promised that the old Grammer school will be demolish making room for a brand new comprehensive learning facility where is it? he promised that between the stadium and the Grammer school a practice field would be built for the boys of Roseau to play where is it? he also promised a brand new hospital, an international airport, a hotel at the PWD site, modernizing of Roseau and Portsmouth, riverside promenade, he promised the farmers not one but two boats for their agricultural produce where are they? promise a 50 room hotel in Marigot and overnight he bring it Possie and up to now it cah finish; What about the 6 senses hotel resort he and his dollar minister promise us in Woodfordhill ? Now another resort in Douglas Bay; you want more promises?
        He promised us Dominicans a state of the Art Hospital. You remember you stated that he received from China US$300-million (and that project is part of a deal to construct an International Airport where is it? What about the abattoir in Layou where he promised that farmers would be able to bring their animals to be slaughtered and how livestock would be increased around the country to supply the abattoir where is it? what about the promise to see movement on the Layou River Hotel after he claimed victory in the BVI and that victory would see finally the reconstruction of a new Layou River resort for the people of St Joe and Layou to gain meaningful employment where is it?? Your PM said, following a visit to Azerbaijan in 2011 after his official meeting that country was funding a national library in Dominica, where is it? Another Promise
        Marigot hospital to become a Trauma Centre and that hospital would facilitate resident from Portsmouth to Delices and the Melville Hall Airport. where is it? I will end there for now but
        So I hope you are beginning to see is not the PM that MAD but rather is people like you that MAD to be following the PM so blindly.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2014

      Huh? The PM does not make promises that he cannot keep. Lennox stole what! There was nothing to steal but the words of Mr. Chastanet.

    • Just Observing
      November 11, 2014

      A clear example of someone turning a blind eye on what is true. The facts. The five percent cut on Civil Servants salary was reinstated many years ago. That is a fact. Take it to the bank Sir. So Mr. Linton cannot now say he is going to replace it. What perhaps I beleive he wanted to say is that he will refund Civil Servants the 5% salary that was loss during the period of austerity with the successive increases in salary that is already added. That will be a mighty back pay to Civil Servants. As a Civil Servant, I want my money as I can do with it. The issue of whether the country can afford such great expenditure is another matter altogether. That having said, like the PM, I think Lennox was not properly advised. I doubt it was Thompson who advised him. Remember Thompson is already on the public record saying that the Dominican economy will take a dip in the first year of a UWP government. This is translated to mean that if the UWP maintains its stated policy of creating 5000 jobs in 36 months, it means that the 5,000 jobs will now be created in 24 months. That is super economic planning.

  48. November 11, 2014

    To keep our jobs we had to sign a contract no layoffs for no raise. I am a city workers employer the most we will receive is 3% you dont even see it because it taken back in taxes. So how can he give 5% in this bad economy. People don’t be fooled of this 5% three in office this called crazy. I this man wins God forbids DA will be flooded with your tears.

    • November 11, 2014

      Anonymous you also said that 5000 jobs in three years was impossible, yet Skerrit is hoping that 1400 NEP jobs in less than six months can save him and Dr.Mc . He should have done more , but unfortunately he shame to include all the Chinese he employed on our road project and the state malice. I guess you are afraid that Lennox will put all his doubters to shame with his visionary outlook for Dominica. I bet you that before election day Skerrit will announce that he has a package for public workers. mark my words. Lennox beat the drum that Skerrit dances to.

      • Anonymous
        November 12, 2014

        Bedspots your name should be bedbug these days no country gives you money such as USA and don’t employ some of their own to track the money. The USA is owning China 3 Trillion dollars and they don’t know how they are going to pay it because their dollar is loosing value, so what they do is make deals with china that’s why everything you buy in America is made in China and they cannot stop it for your info China owns America

    • Attentive
      November 11, 2014

      with people like you the country will not go anywhere, because you only see on one side alas.

    • imagine you
      November 11, 2014

      So you admit the economy is bad, so why spend 2 million dollars on Bill boards, how comes the economy so good for the Ministers and their closed circle. Think again, the 5% will not be paid one time, It can be staggered, but public officers deserve a raise. When it suited them they took 32 and 52% one shot!!! Now you blind you cannot see beyond reddd, out for them!

    • truth is truth
      November 11, 2014

      Anonymous…. uhmmmm .didnt you just admitted ( this economy is bad? ) I’ve learnt.. do not stop a man who says he can when you say you cant..

    • John paul
      November 11, 2014

      When Charlo led His revolution he demanded 100 percent that ultimately caused Degasson to live in exile and as Minister of Labour He suggested 000 percent.now He is in the White House that China built and not even one shorlarship he sponsor from His pocket

  49. Gulfstream
    November 11, 2014

    The same Lennox who promised to get read on VAT and income tax which is the country’s life blood, here he comes again promising 5% increase to public servant.
    Lennox tell us what’s the source from which this increase will be derived after you intend to drain the blood out the veins and arteries of the country..am referring to the VAT and income tax.
    This man is a joker from the pack of cards……

    • November 11, 2014

      When Edison James came to the banana industry he took it from crisis to recovery. His first task was to wipe off corruption in the industry. I have no doubt that Lennox will do the same because more of Dominica’s money is lost because of corruption than what is brought in by vat and income tax . YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.

      • Anonymous555
        November 11, 2014

        so if eddo brought the banana industry from crisis to recovery what happen to it now, cause i can remeber quite clearly that bananas started it’s decline under the workers party when chiktay started banana down south america can’t you remember that remember those days my fren, go back to history….refresh your memory

    • John paul
      November 11, 2014

      You are misquoting the Man .He never said He was getting rid of vat and income tax.that is a gross misrepresentation of the facts!

  50. Just Observing
    November 11, 2014

    I a recent interview, UWP’s foremost economic advisor told Dominicans that because of the fiscal policies that a UWP government would implement the economy would take a “dip” in the first year. That was weeks ago, long before the self-professed novice leader promised civil servants to reinstate the 5% salary that government took during the austerity years. That revelation must be reviewed in light of what Thompson said concerning the intial “dip” in the economy. That is an 5% reinstatement is an additional expense. 5% percent back pay to all civil servants across the board? Is that at all possible? Add the different increases they had over the years. Did the man with all the answers to Dominica’s economic problems gave any serious consideration to what he presented to the public? Was Thompson Fontaine, former IMF economist, who came here and championed the austerity package which included the 5% pay cut back in 2003-2004 endorse the policy?

    • bigred
      November 11, 2014

      There will be dip in the economy yes that is expected – but also there will be a cock stop to immediately stop the siphoning of the States revenues such was done during the land transfer deals, the bin bobool and the fertizer bobobool and the Petro Carib fiasco and the Carib /Kalinago housing fiasco and all those contracts given to friends who are fronting backhoes and other equipment for miniters etc – so no more will these need revenues go to special interest and private pockets – so there will be this balancing act so I will encourage to seat back and just observe what will be taking place after the 8th.

    • Not a herd follower
      November 11, 2014

      Thomson Fontaine said there will be an initial dip in revenue not the economy. The two are different. You Labourites believe that the economy is the same as tax revenue. Ian Douglas said so. You people are really not up to the job of properly managing a supermarket far less a national economy.

  51. Cops @Robbers
    November 11, 2014

    Certainly better than 000 the Grand Lodge promise and he give himself 52 and his henchmen 15. Change is here.

  52. November 11, 2014

    We need a change… would have been better instead change is a most, Because UWP will not be able to forced voters to put them in office.

  53. Anonymous
    November 11, 2014

    People that’s why I was warned six months ago DONT’T LET UWP IN KEEP THE OUT!. The message was clear. I will keep saying this again and again. Believe it or not the truth is told. Becareful Dominicans.

    • November 11, 2014

      DNO Thanks for posting this message.

    • truth
      November 11, 2014

      anoymous ,you want people to help you keep UWP out so that you alone will continue to make all the money,while they keep suffering ,BUT ytou lie ,your day is comming

  54. Attentive
    November 11, 2014

    People take a chill pill. St. Lucians asked for 10% what is really 5%. presently we are getting 000%, so if we will be given 5% just say thanks in advance. Why are we so blind.

    • Just Observing
      November 11, 2014

      That money (5% salary cut) was reinstated years ago. So what is the gentleman talking about? Who is advising him? Is it Dr. Fontaine, the former IMF economist? Or is he playing the politically expedient game with the masses?

      • NKRUMAH KWAME
        November 11, 2014

        Please just observing, tell me, indeed tell us, WHEN was this 5% reinstated because I have been in the service for the past 25 years and I am not AWARE of this payment. Your information may lead me to recuperate that 5%.
        Highest considerations!

      • Anonymous
        November 11, 2014

        Exactly when was that reinstated. I’ve heard Mr. Skerrit say the same thing but I have no recollection of that and I have not heard any civil servant confirming the received that money back. Maybe you are right but again, when and how was that money repaid?

      • Not a herd follower
        November 11, 2014

        The salary levels were restored but the amount taken was never repaid. Learn to think intelligently.

  55. sstupes
    November 11, 2014

    u dunno what in the treasury….but u making promises bout increase salary…

  56. sam
    November 11, 2014

    If public officers get 5% imaging how much he will get. Haahaahaahaahaahaahaahaa

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2014

      Imagine the government ministers got 52%. How much did the civil servants get? We know the history of Dominica but some of us are just blind. You question the unknown and pretend the known did not happen. DLP government took 52% then took the additional amount that was given to civil servants. Do the maths, how many years will it take for civil servants to get to 52% given the proposal of 0,0,0? How long are we going to put veils over our eyes because we fail to put Dominica first?How long are we going to focus on the leaders of the parties and not on our beloved country Dominica? Our neighbors are laughing at us. We are a selfish nation where we are concerned about our personal gains and not on what we may all gain from. We are a people of “Once I getting I good”. What has happened to our pride and dignity? What has happened to our “STRIVE FOR HONOR SONS AND DAUGHTERS,DO THE RIGHT BE FIRM BE FAIR. TOIL WITH HEARTS AND HANDS AND VOICES” What happened to our “ALL FOR EACH AND EACH FOR ALL”? We stand at a attention to sing our National Anthem which has become a mere recital. We stand for nothing……..

  57. November 11, 2014

    This is just a political gimmick

    • truth is truth
      November 11, 2014

      This is just a political gimmick untill we are put to shame when it happens…. you see.. even if its a political gimmick.. we all should love that gesture …

  58. DC
    November 11, 2014

    Lennox, you have proven to be unstable. You are unaware of current events. You are not able to come up with campaign funds, how do you expect to be taken seriously? Lennox, please step aside! You are a joker! DLP, all the way!

  59. Voter
    November 11, 2014

    Misteer have Jokes :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    So u can put Dominica back where it was the last time u guys were in power! Tell us where u getting the money from..Stop making promises u cant keep just to get Votes!

    Public Servant dont be followed…see wat happened in St Lucia…they promised, gave it an then took it back..because of the serious economic hardships in St. Lucia, also Barbados and other countrties in the region!

    Dont bnelieve that this man and his band of liars and misfits are going to come and wave a magic want and dominica is sunddently going to me the land of milk and honey….there is not place on this planet that has that, every where has economic hardships…the mighty England banks at looking at stimulus packages, the US hs yet recovered from the economic down turn.

    Come on my ppl educate, re-educate and inform yourselves before our turn back the hands of time and dont let me start on the victimization and the spying!

  60. Suffering Too Long
    November 11, 2014

    It is about time that we civil servants are given what is rightfully ours…I hear Skerrit boasting that we have survived the economic crisis without any cut in employment or salaries…Has he forgotten already that they decreased our salaries and cut back on several allowances that we received at the time?
    … In addition, I will never forget that those of us who went on strike to protest the harsh austerity measures WERE NOT PAID FOR 8 DAyS…THAT ORDER WAS GIVEN BY CHARLES SAVARIN THE THEM MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE….WHAT WAS EVEN MORE WICKED WAS THAT THE 8 DAYS INCLUDED THE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BECAUSE THE STRIKE STARTED ON A WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUED INTO THE FOLLOWING WEEK..
    I KNEW ONE DAY I WOULD BE REPAID FOR THAT INJUSTICE…
    THANK GOD FOR THE UWP…

  61. ghettoman
    November 11, 2014

    Lennox your promise list is getting way to long

  62. Righteous
    November 11, 2014

    That is great news for the public servants; they do deserve a salary increase and the reinstatement of five percent in salaries. With the proposed cut in taxes and such, I would like for our IMF economist to inform the public servants how are they going to make that possible? I have seen reports that the UWP lack of funds is hampering their campaign. I do hope that this is a joke, because as a voter I will ask; “If you can’t manage the affairs of your party’s finance, how on earth are you going to manage the finances of the country. As far as the DLP, I would like to see less of the bullfighting and name calling during this campaign season and point out what you have done and will continue to do to develop the country. I would expect each party to take a pledge to stamp out corruption. On the surface the “Time for Change”/Team Dominica has done a good job in assembling a team, but what I did not and still cannot understand was why all these tertiary educated men chose popularity over finance or law. All Dominicans should call for substance during this campaign season and make an informed choice at the poll. Stop blindly following party colors because remember that colors are just a reflection of our perception. And for those of us in a community who want to vex with each other for politicians, remember when you cooking and have no oil or sugar and don’t have time to run by the store, your politician is not your neighbor. Respect each others point of view.

    Remember: Apwe danse, tabou toujou lou. So whether you Red, Blue, Yellow or Green, respect each other and trust in the power of your vote and the election process.

    One Love Dominicans!!!!

    • Lucky
      November 11, 2014

      They’re going to make it possible eliminating the millions of wasteful spending from the labor party. All those monies that are being ripped off the treasury and all those foreign consultants and advisors that receive salaries of $14,000 monthly for doing absolutely nothing productive.

    • EUNOMIE
      November 11, 2014

      This so well balanced. We do need more of this

  63. Shameless
    November 11, 2014

    I LOVE it, I LOVE it, I really, really, really, reallyyyyyyy love it! Another great reason why Change Is A Must!

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! 8)

    • real possie
      November 11, 2014

      You really don’t have no shame in your game the man just put the country right where we were in 2000 and you love it, boy I tell you. I cant really blame you cause you only go by what is said at the time, let me give you a refresher, before he said he’s going to cut vat you loved that idea too he said in the 1st year he going to give 1.5 to public servants. Now tell me with all these cuts and giveaway how will the country stay afloat? will it be on hope?

  64. hmm
    November 11, 2014

    i wonder if lennox goes read over his speeches or even listen to his self. sometimes am confused

    • Ralph
      November 11, 2014

      I wonder if you read over your posts.

  65. bob
    November 11, 2014

    “Not only are we going to ensure that you get a salary increase for the three years under negotiations, but the five percent that was taken from you years ago, will be reinstated.”………..You must be joking????!!!! The salaries of public servants were reinstated once the 5% had served its purpose. So what is the UWP going to reinstate? It looks as though contrary to public utterances Mr. Linton has more confidence in the present economy than the Prime Minister and his government.

    • reimbursement, great
      November 11, 2014

      Lenox should have said, reimburse rather than reinstate, so I agree the 5% was reinstated but what was taken for the two years was not paid back to public officers when things got better. Instead parliamnetarians took a salary adjustment, so the word is reimburse. But Lenox the promise is welcomed; the 5% for two years, so in other words; if someone had a salary of 1600 a month. He would receive a one time reimbursement of $2028 for the 24 month. This would be a good christmas bonus for 2015.

  66. Titiwi
    November 11, 2014

    Ace in the hole for Lennox. I like it, really really like it. He took the wind out of Skerrit’s sails again.

    • sprat
      November 11, 2014

      Quite correct titiwi, lennox just has to explain how he is going to reinstate something that has already been reinstated :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: and while he is doing that he can also think of a way to spin himself out of your ace in the hole.

  67. Anonymous
    November 11, 2014

    Lenox change is here already where are you going to get the money that is the most important question, are you going to raise taxes on the people. Please tell us where you going to get the money for salary increase. Dominicans are not thinking they have plans with no foundation empty promises.

  68. Expectation
    November 11, 2014

    Linton and his team know nothing about running a business much more for a country. I have come to realise that they know nothing about fiscal policies. Those promises CANNOT be realistic. People wake up and analyse. Even if we want change they have to try to be convincing. Too many promises here and there. There is so much difficulty paying public officers at the end of the month. I have no other alternative right now but to reinstate this present Government which have been very prudent with the country’s finances.

    • November 12, 2014

      Prudent with the Country’s Finances? Wow! The PM and some of his Ministers got increasingly wealthy in the last ten years while the economy survived on foreign aid…hardly increasing its GDP!!! Dominica has not been “prudently managed”…not by a stretch!
      There are millions of Dominican money, money belonging to the People of Dominica, not accounted for! With proper and responsible fiscal management, a lot can be done to benefit ALL Dominicans. And that’s to include an improvement in the lives of our Civil Employees and Public Servants.
      When these funds are misdirected and used as temporary gifts and handouts to sway voters it only steals from the permanent and sustainable benefits that should be afforded to the true foundation of any civilized nation, our Teachers who hold the future, our Policemen who keep us safe and our Doctors and Nurses who hold our lives in their hands!!! I say “prudent” is the last word you should use to describe the DLP’s management of the Country’s purse!

  69. Curious
    November 11, 2014

    I would like to ask Mr.Linton how can he make such a promise to the masses. Does he knows the actually state of the Treasury of the fiscal measure of the country. What happens IF they become the government of the day and its a different ball game will you Mr. Linton be regurgitating your vomit then??????

    • 4-cars
      November 11, 2014

      How can you make such a statement? “Does he knows?” You and Linton on the same page.

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