LPM launches petition against high unemployment with view to initiate protest action

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PRESS RELEASE – The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) affirms that after almost 15 years under the leadership of Dr. Kenny Anthony , Saint Lucia’s unemployment situation has become progressively worse.

The LPM laments the growing number of youth in the country who are currently unemployed, and the party is adamant in its belief that Saint Lucia is teetering on the verge of a human resource development tragedy if its present course is not remedied with quick and aggressive action.

The LPM also points to recent statistics which suggest that Saint Lucia’s unemployment figures have risen to 24.9 percent and that almost 50 percent of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years are unemployed.

Therefore, in the interest of the people of Saint Lucia, the LPM has launched an online petition aimed at highlighting the magnitude of the problem. We urge every citizen who is unemployed or who is disappointed with the current state of unemployment in the country to sign the petition as an open show of protest against a government that has sought to give the impression that all is well in our country.

The petition will run for a total of 10 weeks and will culminate with a public protest action march, at the end of which all the signatures will be delivered to the office of the prime minister.

The petition is available at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/time-for-kenny-anthony-to-deliver-on-promises-of-job-creation.html

Petition:

We, the undersigned, call for swift action by the government of Saint Lucia to address the issue of rising unemployment in our country. We, therefore, demand that this government end its cosmetic approach to job creation and finally deliver on its promise of a better life, which is enshrined in the pages of its 2011 manifesto.

At this very important juncture in the history of our nation, we wish to communicate loudly and clearly to our government that we have grown impatient with its very poor performance in regard to providing a robust environment for job creation.

We, therefore, urge the prime minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, to do the following:

1. Openly acknowledge that there are tens of thousands of us who voted for and against him who are equally hurting as a result of his failed policies;

2. Stop stalling for time and end his devious political practice of lies, which often seek to obscure citizens’ understanding of the true state of the Saint Lucian economy;

3. Cease and desist from the cruel practice of passing off short-term employment as real jobs or even justifying a handful of jobs created through the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) programme, as if they are sufficient for a population of over 165,000;

4. Openly admit that his policies, which victimise those who voted both for and against him, have mercilessly increased the rate of poverty in the country; and

5. Admit that he understands our very deep-seated frustration and confess to the extreme insensitivity which he has repeatedly shown regarding our plight.

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14 comments

  1. Hello Lpm. I'm in that. Green panties and green bra is all I am wearing. I want Ken to see my sufferings because the red panty and bra I went to vote for him with last time need repairs and I don't have a job to repair them.

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  2. Well DAT is Greece, Barbados and Bahamas. DAT is St. Lucia, get it!!!

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  3. I will not sign since the petition did not ask Kenny the bearer of all sufferation to step down

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  4. Just bring in the jobs. I don't care which political party does it.

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  5. Bravo LPM. I will sign the petition and join the protest to make my voice and anger and rage be heard. U all old farts stop defending your bachay pm and his weaklings. Kenny promised jobs jobs jobs. He can't deliver . The old saying those who can't hear will feel, will come to hunt some of u all Kenny defenders. Beacaue its just a matter of time until our anger fruatration and rage makes it way to the streets. A 2015 plywood city will not b like a 79 -82 plywood city. Ominous ....... But true.

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  6. Bambi - What do you know about anything????
    You are one of those lazy one just sitting on their asses and waiting for Kenny's better days to come.

    LPM - Good Attitude.

    Kenny brought this country like Jamaica - Crimes and no Jobs. Just a bunch of idiots following him like flies. Hopefully the dollar remains at the same exchange rate.

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  7. What you expect when the only thing we produce are babies.It is a global situation. Did you hear the news about Greece this morning? Check next door-Barbados,Bahamas,etc.Things will get better.Just be patient.Any practical suggestions to ease the pains? If not shut the hell up!

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  8. I will do the same as a female with rope in my hand attached to........and sit in the middle of castries city all day long in the blazing hot sun until my donkey turns REDD!!!

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  9. It is indeed a problem and its getting worst by the day. 2 months ago a Hotel closed its doors for rehab. 100 out of work. last week Fire Grill can't pay staff. More on the line. LIME restructuring plan. More jobless. All the businesses have to restructure because of revenue decline and Tourism which is usually a bright spot is not shining much light. What's then next move SKIP

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  10. Ignorance is Bliss

    WHAT CAN YOU OFFER INSTEAD. THERE IS NO EASIER JOB THAN THE ARMCHAIR CRITIC. PLEASE OFFER A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. NO BULLSHIT PLATITUDES.

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  11. This Global crisis did not start in 2011. I was well managed with kenny in opposition giving pressure on the government. He did a great job then but now his better days policy sucks. He really cannot manage this country. Why would anyone want to help kenny when he has all the information needed to analyze the situation hidden in deceit. LPM is not in power.\

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  12. It was about time. I will be there. If this is what Better Days was meant to be then Kenny have to go!

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  13. At this time in the history of mankind, Governments the world over (Greece, Puerto Rico etc.) are unable to provide for their people. Here, with so limited resources (natural & unnatural) and globalization which has created massive competition for business, employment and resources, one is hard pressed to find a way out of the dumps. It would be interesting to know how the LPM plan to remedy this economic situation ! They can garner plenty votes with an attractive but feasible PLAN.

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    • I agree totally. I beleive the LPM is unto something if the nation responds positively. The LPM have an opportunity to make the next elections a referendum on jobs if they are a able to present a solid jobs creation strategy. At this point anything is possible especially in the next elections with so many young people unemployed.

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