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Arthur: Cut some ministers

Gercine Carter

Arthur: Cut some ministers

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Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has called on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to make some of his ministers feel the pain of civil servants going home and “send them home” as well.
Breaking his silence yesterday on the proposed layoff of thousands of civil servants, announced last week by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, Arthur said the sacrifice which over 3 000 public service workers were being asked to make must be shared by “the ranks of the Democratic Labour Party”.
“In the same way that Mr Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet will send home people, Mr Freundel Stuart must send home some of his ministers” whose wages in some instances Arthur claimed are “already in the nature of a cost overrun”.
Speaking to the media in the Opposition Offices in the West Wing of Parliament along with Leader of Opposition business in the House of Assembly, Kerrie Symmonds, Arthur vowed he would no longer remain silent on the issue of massive layoffs in the public service.