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(St Lucia News Online) There are no plans to downsize the St. Lucia civil service or cut the salaries of civil servants, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said.

Responding to a reporter’s question about rumours of pay cuts and downsizing at a press briefing on Tuesday, Chastanet emphasized that his government intends “to help improve the productivity of the civil service” and that if there is going to be any downsizing of the civil service it is going to come through attrition.

Attrition is the gradual reduction of the size of a workforce by not replacing personnel lost through retirement or resignation.

“The first part is to create a process change so that’s what we call the re-engineering of the civil service, with the idea of maybe being able to get people to have higher salaries but less people, but it’s going to be done through attrition.

“There is absolutely no proposal on the table that I know of, and I am the minister of finance, to any pay cuts. Not part of the proposal, never been even considered to be part of the proposal. We have continuously talked about how we can strengthen the civil service, how can we make more resources available to them,” he explained.

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