We demand that all public office holders from President to Parliament take a pay cut

We demand that all public office holders from President to Parliament take a pay cut

1 June 2021
Petition to
The Parliament of Trinidad & Tobago
Signatures: 6,226Next Goal: 7,500
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Why this petition matters

We have been informed that since being impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic from March 2020 over the last thirteen months to now, public office holders have collected salaries from the taxpayers totalling over one hundred million dollars.

This includes:
President - $973,960
Prime Minister - $978,900
Opposition Leader - $1,417,130 (Opposition Leader Salary $49,330 & Prime Minister's Pension $59,680 per month = $109,010 per month)
Attorney General - $ 793,920
Cabinet Ministers - $806,650 × 20 = $16,133,000
Non-Cabinet Ministers - $714,480 × 10 = $7,144,800
Members of Parliament - $286,780 × 20 = $5,735,600
Senators - $229,060 × 31 = $7,100,860

While the average person has gotten NO relief despite the numerous HSF draw downs taken by government, donations to this country and loans taken by government, and while more than five hundred thousand adversely affected persons struggle to get salary relief grants or simple food hampers, we have spent in excess of forty million dollars in salaries alone.

This did not take perks, benefits and tax exemptions into account, nor did it take into account the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, President of the Senate, Vice President of the Senate, Mayors, Chairmen, Councillors, Aldermen and the THA.

If it did, salaries alone would easily run well over $100,000,00.

If these persons took a 50% payout, that would free up fifty million dollars that could be used together with the HSF draw downs, donations and loans to support those who are struggling to put a meal on the table.

If we're all in this together, it's the right thing to do.

We the people whose taxes pay those salaries and service those loans are insulted that, while most have been asked to bear the pain of the lockdowns, our money is being used to pay in full salaries to persons who could afford a cut in pay, and some still should be laid off to lighten the burden.

We call on the government, the Parliament and the President to step up to the plate and do the right thing.

By our signatures, so say we all.

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Signatures: 6,226Next Goal: 7,500
Support now