- Written by Ken Richards,
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): It could be considered an official day for bashing the Team Unity administration for real and perceived shortcomings.
The St Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the Opposition St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party took to the streets Monday to mark Labour Day in solidarity with the workers of the country.
“What you have is a government that is riding on the backs of the ordinary people of this country,” Labour Party Chair Marcella Liburd told supporters.
Marchers spoke to WINN FM about a range of issues.
“I’m marching for the REACH programme,” one mother with a college-aged daughter said.
“I’m marching against, more than I’m marching for,” one man said.
“I’m marching against hopelessness, I’m marching against intimidation, I’m marching because people are being fired from their job because of politics,” he continued.
“I am marching for me Prime Minister Denzil Douglas.”
“I am marching against nepotism.”
“We’re marching to stop all this nonsense ‘bout they firing people,” were some of the comments made by party supporters, marching Monday.
Labour Party officials leading the march including Opposition Leader Denzil Douglas, reiterated their position against alleged victimization by the Team Unity administration, and called for the protection of workers’ rights.
“The message is that St. Kitts and Nevis workers…are under threat from having all of our socio-economic and political gains reversed under the…Unity government. The message to the Unity Government is that it must amend its ways,” he told WINN.
“It must mend its policies of persecuting workers in the public service and outside of the public service. The message is that is must change its practices of making open victimization and the practice of nepotism in particular which is eating away the heart of accountability and respect in the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Dr. Douglas charged that the Unity administration had sent home several hundred people, and said that women in particular are targeted.
Meanwhile the Peoples Action Movement – PAM – one of the three parties forming the coalition administration Team Unity, has been explaining its contribution to the Labour Movement while in government.
Economist Hugh Heyliger, a former government minister and a former Deputy Prime Minister, told WINN FM Monday that PAM was not anti-worker, as has been promulgated by the Labour Party.