JACK WARNER is setting his sights on winning general elections he expects will be called next year.
Warner called the upcoming Local Government elections “a dry run for the bigger one next year”, as he disclosed two promises from the Independent Liberal Party’s mandate during a public meeting in San Fernando last Friday night.
Warner, the interim political leader of the ILP, said the party was promising that the minimum wage will be increased to $20 per hour, and that contract work will cease in the public service except in special circumstances.
The current minimum wage is $12.50 an hour.
“I will give you just two snippets. In our manifesto, we are saying we will increase the minimum wage to $20 per hour when the ILP gets into government. Because the cost of living is too high and we have to find ways and means to buttress you somewhat. But to pay you that we must make sure the economy must first have structure and the businessmen make the money to pay you,” said Warner. “The second thing in our manifesto is that contract work in the public service, except in special circumstances, will come to an end. Because contract workers have no security of tenure. They can’t go to the banks to secure a loan or a mortgage, every three years they are stranded for jobs. That will come to an end. But that is for next year, not now.”
Warner also issued a warning to permanent secretaries of the various Government ministries not to heed bad advice from their line ministers.
“They are the accounting officers in the ministries and they must know that ultimately they can be held responsible. Today there are three of them who the ILP have under watch because they are doing wrong things in their ministries. It is best if they transfer from their ministry, than from their home to a jail,” said Warner.