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Members of Peace Program seek audience with SKN PM; social media suggests it’s over double salary

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): WINN’s new desk was made aware that individuals on the Alternative Lifestyle Pathways Program, locally known as the Peace Program, allegedly staged a peaceful protest outside of Government Headquarters.

The men and women shown in the pictures apparently staged the protest to seek an audience with Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew.

WINN reached out to the Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Adelcia Connor-Ferlance, for confirmation on the alleged peaceful protest. The Press Secretary said she would not describe what occurred as a peaceful protest but that the individuals were indeed looking to meet with the Prime Minister to address some concerns.

The details of the concerns were not made apparent, but posts on social media suggested it was over the payment of the additional month’s salary paid to government workers and workers of statutory bodies during the week of November 22-25. However, the individuals could not meet with the Prime Minister as he was engaged in meetings all day.

Connor-Ferlance shared that the individuals who wished to meet with the Prime Minister were made aware of the proper procedure for meeting the Prime Minister and said they did not attempt to schedule a meeting.

The issue payment of the additional salary to those individuals on the Peace Program was raised by a caller to WINN’s “Voices” program on November 23.

The unnamed female caller expressed that it was unfair that the members of the program would benefit from the additional month’s salary when they do not work.

Prime Minister Drew responded by explaining, “The [individuals on] Peace are registered as workers; you can’t deny them that official designation by the former administration.”

The Prime Minister has previously stated that the program is under revision because of what he described as corrupt practices and the exploitation of the people on the program for political gain; where in September 2022, it was revealed that between June and August of this year, the program grew from 600 to about 1,300 people.

Workers of Statutory Bodies made similar complaints about receiving payment for the additional month’s salary. The Prime Minister expressed that payment would be made to those employees through the week of November 22-25 after an agreement with the Ministry of Finance was reached.

More on this as information becomes available.

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