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Warner’s general election promise- $20 an hour if ILP wins
Interim political leader of the Independent Liberal party (ILP) Jack Warner is promising $20 per hour minimum wage and no contract employment in the Public Service under an ILP-led government. Warner promised this to supporters on Friday night as he gave a sneak-peek into the ILP’s manifesto during an ILP local government elections public meeting on Harris Promenade, San Fernando. “Right now a team is sitting with us, and we are preparing our manifesto for the general election.”
Revealing two things in their manifesto, the Chaguanas West MP said the first plan was to increase the minimum wage currently at $12.50 per hour to $20 per hour. “Because the cost of living is too high and, therefore, we have to find the ways and means. We must make sure the economy functions and works so that businessmen make the money to pay you. Right now every business in the country is dead.”
He said the second thing was to discontinue the practice of contract employment in the public service. “Contract work in the public service, except in special circumstances, will come to an end because right now they have no security of tenure, they cannot go to the bank and take out a loan or a mortgage. Every three years they are looking for a job...that will come to an end.”
He also warned permanent secretaries in three ministries. Warner said they were doing wrong things based on advice by certain ministers. “Today there are three of them who the ILP have under watch because they are doing wrong in their ministries. It is best if they transfer from ministry to ministry than from their home to a jail.”
He advised them not to overprice contracts and ensure proper tendering before contracts are awarded. Warner also claimed that the phones citizens use, including parliamentarians, are being tapped.
“What surprised me most were the phone calls I received from some of my parliamentary colleagues who were guarded enough to call from anonymous phone lines fearing the tapping that is taking place of private citizens’ phones. Today more people are concerned and frightened to use their phones than ever before in the history of this country, that is one of the notorious legacies of this People’s Partnership Government.”
He spoke about converting Skinner Park to a national stadium, upgrading the Battoo Avenue recreational ground, a jetty for fisherfolk and the clean up of the Guaracara river.
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