Former Justice Minister Herbert Volney has taken to his personal Facebook page to represent CEPEP workers in his community.
Volney, who was a High Court judge before becoming a minister, compares the salaries of the CEPEP workers to that of a judge.
Volney posted the following on Facebook:
"Hey friends. It's the end of another week and today I wear the CEPEP colours as I've been very close to this group of workers in the constituency of St Joseph.
Today is Friday at the end of our fortnight.
Sadly, we will not be paid even though our humble wage is minimum and we are Government's lowest paid category of workers. Why is this so? We work because we have our families to mind.
Many of us are single mothers and the support of the fathers of our children is sporadic and unreliable. We need our money to live and we are the most vulnerable citizens in the country. All we can do and say for now is Lord lend a hand.
SUCH is the horrible and hopeless spirit on the ground in St Joseph, and throughout the country. How could this be? A government that truly cares for the poor, and We the CEPEP workers are the poor, has a duty to ensure that this group is paid first.
A High Court Judge earns $80,000 per month free of taxation and is paid on time. If the salary of a judge is late it is ruction in government even though the judge can easily weather a late payment of his emoluments.
The judge can live off his $24,000 per month housing allowance. But We The CEPEP People need our $700 fortnightly minimum wage to survive, to get to work, to feed our little children and grandchildren, and to give them money to travel. How can this be right?
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND CAN NEVER BE RIGHT
The CEPEP worker has been on minimum wage for as long as I can remember. In 2013, as the Member of Parliament for St Joseph I made representations to the Minister Moonilal for a $25 per day or $250 per fortnight adjustment to the wage of these workers.
I raised it over and over and I became bothersome and perhaps that's the real reason they declared my seat of St Joseph vacant. I warned him, so said so done, that if he did not increase the wage of the lowly paid CEPEP workers the Partnership Government would lose the General Election. Some have to burn to learn.
When I win back the seat of St Joseph it will be on the backs of my CEPEP friends whose cause I shall advocate when I next sit in the House of Representatives.
THE TIME FOR SYMPATHY AND EMPATHY IS DONE. LET US TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY FROM INCOMPETENT PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES AND ELECT GOOD AND ABLE HUMBLE AND SELFLESS PEOPLE TO THE PARLIAMENT TO REPRESENT THE COMMON GOOD OF THE PEOPLE."