CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC:
The main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is calling on the St. Lucia government to re-think its economic policies which it says is impacting negatively on citizens.
“These policies have been demonstrated through the reduction/withdrawal of government subsidies resulting in increased prices and the implementation of new and increased taxation measures,” the party said in a statement.
It said what has become very apparent is the Kenny Anthony administration in its “desperate determination” to generate increased revenue, has shown complete insensitivity to the prevailing economic climate and the hardships being experienced as a result of the downturn in the economy.
“To date we have witnessed the implementation of a number of measures that may have the collective impact of slowing down economic activity as both consumers and the private sector adopt a conservative stance in response to a sluggish economy.”
The UWP, which was removed from office in the November 28 general election last year, said that “mothers and fathers who all contributed to strengthening the pillars of growth and stability of which we are all beneficiaries” are among those suffering the most under the new government policies.