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Prudent raises alarm over unemployment in Gros Islet


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Therold Prudent

PRESS RELEASE – In expressing his grave concern over the number of young people throughout the Gros Islet constituency who are currently unemployed, the leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called upon the parliamentary representative for Gros Islet, Mr. Lenard Montoute, to pay greater attention to an issue which could well pose future problems not just for him, but for his replacement as district representative for Gros Islet.

According to Mr. Prudent, periodically employing a handful of constituents in the government run STEP program, is certainly not enough to alleviate the high levels of unemployment throughout the constituency of Gros Islet.

Moreover, given the scarce number of jobs that are available for a constituency the size and magnitude of Saint Lucia’s largest political district, only serves to raise the level of social frustration and economic disparity that exist among the people of Gros Islet.

I am prepared to do my part, says Mr. Prudent, and I hope that in the interest of the people of Gros Islet, that Mr. Montoute will set politics aside, and work with him to help eradicate the ugly scourges of unemployment up north.

A first step, according to Mr. Prudent, would be to carry out a through unemployment exercise throughout the entire constituency of Gros Islet, that would seek to determine not just the unemployment rate for that particular constituency, but a clear identification of those who are unemployed, including their educational backgrounds and other skills sets etc.

However, once that information has been compiled, Mr. Prudent proposes the establishment of an independent body called the Gros Islet Economic and Renewal Council (GIERC). The GIERC will consist of two representatives from each of the key communities that make up the constituency of Gros Islet. Those persons would have had to receive the overwhelming support of their respective communities in order to serve the council for a period of 5 years.

The GIERC would be then be charged with responsibility of managing a newly created Jobs and Skills Training Bureau, that is geared towards appropriately matching those who are unemployed with available jobs throughout the constituency, while offering appropriate training to those whose educational background and skills falls far below the acceptable requirements of potential employers.

The overarching goals of the GIERC would be as follows:
A) Is to drastically reduce the rate of unemployment , by formulating fresh and progressive ideas for job creation in other to meet the economic needs of the people of Gros Islet.
B) To liaise with the business community in order to indentify existing areas of employment
C) And to guarantee that the right to employment is not determine by ones political affiliation, but by their ability and qualification to perform a given job.


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  1. St. Lucia is a failed state. Who made it fail? The mayority of the people. With 100.000 citizens the country would do well. Just numbers.


    • All our so-called political parties are into window-dressing regarding our festering youth unemployment disaster. The retards in the SLP bought future votes with their temporary unemployment programme. The roadside grass cutters saw jobs. The SLP saw votes.

      This LPM crap is about creating a group to look into creating jobs. The focus is not about people, people and people. It is all about creating buzz around a sinking political party. All the heavy weights jumped ship at the end of the previous election.

      How many more idiots have to be sacrificed on the alter of the egos of wanna-be prime ministers, flattering those with the image of the national flag standing behind them? Jobs?


      • All the parties, all of them, keep on flaying the air in front of them with just empty talk about jobs, jobs, jobs. SLP created jobs, but that was the genius from our A level college econonomic students, called STEP.

        Jobs need money, capital and very talented people who can do much much more than just clerical work. We do not have that yet. No party is thinking about that. They have not arrived there yet.

        If the best efforts of the LPM, the SLP and the UWP boils down and amount to nothing more than just shouting jobs, jobs, jobs, then DSH is the last resort. There is nothing in any of their programmes to employ the non-skilled, non-talented legions coming from our holding fowl coups we call free secondary schools. Nothing.

        To use a cricket metaphor, wheel around and try to bowl a much better ball, if you have it in you.


  2. He is alarmed with no numbers to back it up. Woye! Mate mad? No facts, no council and everything is in the air. The sky is falling too?


    • In life one ought to always leave room for the simple minds in our midst who read but can't comprehend or through bias or ignorance refuse to accept the truth. I see nothing that Prudent has said here that would warrant such foolish comments. Unemployment is a serious business in our country and anyone who try to make light of solutions aimed at tackling the problem isn't living in reality.


      • Some people just do not like empty talk. Apparently there is no time table to put anything into motion, or in place. Some people have a middle name, Thomas. If the basic short-term action of evidence gathering is only speculatively placed in this medium, we are off to a very rough start.
        Some people are alarmed by the gullibility of some Saint Lucians. After a representative study, perhaps there will be some basis for alarm and seriousness devoted to the issue. Our department of statistics does not even seem to be adequately equipped to do any kind of serious labour surveys. Do you think that a single untrained novice to labour statistics has the goods?


        • Kathrine Mcgee (Rodney Bay)

          Armchair pundits who think they know it all but don't have the courage to go our there and speak their minds for all to see can't have my respect. I will give an A plus to Mr Prudent for always have the courage and conviction to be out there and speak his mind.


        • "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride". LPM has been mouthing it for two election cycles now with no hope of making it into government. As a pressure group, you are better off doing grass roots projects instead. Show some results for heaven's sakes.


  3. Alarm? Really? No employment survey. No statistics. But we have an alarm? Is this an alarm from an alarmist? Why is this alarm not based on verifiable data?

    It is the same old politics. In the world of computers and smartphones, should anyone give any kind of credence to people who just seem to get their facts and data from an alternative universe? Are we working here with "alternative facts"? Why is Gros Islet ground zero for this alarm? Is the situation so much better in other parts of the country?

    Tell us though, why is a failed programme of short-term employment and funded with borrowed money, being given seemingly honorable mention here? What's wrong with LPM? Why do we have so many clueless politicians?


  4. Good first step Mr Prudent. I have always believed that ideas are important in dealing with the issue of unemployment.You have shown your willingness to do your part let's hope that Montoute like you can see the bigger picture and perhaps set the politics down as you have mention in the interest of your community. When you all finish please pay as a visit in Castries East to help us do the same.


    • This was just plain empty rhetoric. Call it what it is.

      A good first step would have been a press release that says, among other things, the funds, the people, and a starting date have all been identified for the first stage of this, up to now, pie-in-the-sky nuisance talk about these chimerical, non-existent jobs. Are they made in Heaven? Get real!

      Any smart person would could see the disconnect between an alarmist statement, the foolish uselessness of this without supporting facts, the future creation of a now nonexistent body, and the stre-e-e-e-ech to, again, nonexistent jobs. To the mind of this individual, you create a body, and ipso facto, jobs are created. For the jobs thus created, do I hear a hallelujah?


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