St. Lucian government taken to task over claims of job creation

St. Lucian government taken to task over claims of job creation

In response to the prime minister’s assertion that his government has delivered on its electoral promise to create thousands of jobs on the island, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) asserts that not only is this far from the truth but also that Dr. Anthony’s statement may well have been cleverly designed to lower the expectations of the people of Saint Lucia on the prospects of job creation by his government.

This latest strategy by Dr. Anthony isn’t new. It has been deployed by other governments that have realized that promises made to their people were grossly overstated and unattainable.

Instead of admitting that the delivery mechanism of government is in serious jeopardy of failing, it gives the public the impression that it has delivered, when, in fact, what it is really hoping for is that the majority of Saint Lucian citizens, who have suffered economically for decades, will continue to embrace the status quo and the mediocre approaches to job creation.

Unless Saint Lucians come to the realization that our current system of governance is based on exclusion and that the only winners are those who were elected into office and their small, handpicked circle of friends who surround them, we will continue electing governments that mislead our nation on job creation and are defensive when challenged to prove that they have delivered on their promises.

The LPM insists that Saint Lucia can do better; however, it will take an electorate that is politically independent and mature enough to reject dubious manifestos that make bold job creation promises, but can’t credibly explain how it intends to create those jobs prior to an election.

Noting the follies of past administrations in Saint Lucia, the LPM believes that the people of Saint Lucia would be better served if they demanded that all political organizations release their manifestos within five days of the dissolution of parliament.

Political parties are in the business of preparing to run the country one day. Therefore, there should be no reason why their manifestos can’t be presented to the Saint Lucian people early enough for thorough scrutiny.

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  1. Dr.K is trying his best to create jobs but needs more time. He is fighting a terrible economy. And with SL's violent crime rate increasing, on top of already having an int'l reputation for wholly irrational and combative unions, we are not attracting any new foreign investment in the manufacturing sector. In fact, S.L. is losing mfg jobs as these companies move elsewhere.

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    • Kenny have been managing a terrible economy for close to 15 years now. How much more time does he need again???

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  2. Well I would think that with the promise of jobs, the intention was to lower the unemployment rate....fact remains true, that the government does not have control over who is teachable and who is not and who is laid off etc, however it was a main feature of their campaigning, very much hyped up, only the reality is way less than they had expressed it would be. They may have tried, but the fact remains....

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  3. Well this press release is a bunch of nonsense. I dont support this or any other government but.... since this government came in through their different programs whatever they may want to call it over 2000 ppl started working whether temporary or permanently...The Fact is they were afforded a job... 2000 persons are alot of persons in any country... lets stop our non sense. Dont like the current Prime Minister but he did not stretch anything if he said jobs were created whether it be for his party supporters or others there are over 2000 ppl working now who were not working before... as for STEP i see ppl talking about thats call we can teach our ppl to do is cut grass... but the FACT still remains there are people no matter what you do are untrainable and if thats the only way they can make an income whats wrong? Argiculture is cutting and planting... certainly not seating in an office or require a degree smh it may not be jobs for all but some did get jobs which is much better than 0.. LPM AND UWP we need a better standard of representation for us plzzzzzzz

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      Allay rest corewho! Even Coco can see this government is about jokes when it comes to putting people to work.

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      • prove it stop making blanket statements prove it is easy to just say flambeau was about jokes when they did certain things as it easy to say labour is prove it....it u cannot prove it rest yourself.. dear tracy PROVE IT...again Fact 2000 ppl who were not employed are employed...YOU CAN JUMP HIGH AND JUMP LOW IT IS A FACT...

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        • What is this idiot talking about. Are you talking about the 1500 out of the 2000 that are no longer employed? Do you count that as employement when it was not continuous? How about people working for much more than 3-6 months in a year? Wouldn't that be nice?

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          • you are a bigger idiot there is no labour employment and no flambeau employment retard employment is employment and whether for three 3 to 6 months it is still employment FACT!!!!! YOU CAN JUMP HIGH OR LOW IF 2000 PEople get employed for 6 months it is employment GOOGLE IT!!!BIAS RETARDS

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  4. LPM is right. When these fellas present their manifestoes to us its for true a jab en sac. We keep voting for jab en sac and that's all we do.

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  5. Well said. I've been saying for years that manifestos should be released early enough for thorough scrutiny. If you really believe in what's in your manifesto, you should be prepared to defend it.

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  6. On what basis has the LPM assert that the prime minister's claim is "far from the truth"? Please, share with us the data you have.

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      • The people that should be honte is Kenny and the SLP. The LPM party don't nothing to be ashamed of. Kenny Anthony have a lot of questions to answer. So don't come here and seemer gween when so many people are unemployed.

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    • The evidence is in the high rate of unemployment buddy...Honestly, between 2010/11 and now, have you seen an increase in employment for st.lucian citizens? Hardly right? In fact more persons are losing their jobs than ever...That may be beyond the government's control as they do not control the private sector,or the global economy,however where are the millions of job provisions as promised by the current government, and why are so many persons who were laid off, unable to be caught by the government's job provision net?... It obviously doesn't stretch as far as they made us believe it would. And that, is deception..making empty promises with no real plan to attain the outcomes proposed. (Neutral point of view)

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      • MILLIONS OF JOBS PROMISED BY THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT??? This has never been said by this or any other government.. lets be fair if we say our points are neutral...millions of dollars to create jobs is what was said... to have any impact on unemployment rate any government would have to hire half the citizens so try not to use terms losely...the umemployment rate is not any indication of how many jobs are created...so yes there can be an increase in employment for st.lucians but if the population of people eligible to work increases then the employment rate may stay the same or increase....

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      • This is still no evidence that the claims made by the government isn't true. The fact that jobs were lost doesn't mean jobs weren't created. The fact that unemployment rate is high, doesn't mean jobs weren't created. So, please, provide the facts that the statement of jobs being created is far from the truth!

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      • The fact that I am asking for evidence is in no way suggesting I am in support (or not supporting) the statement that the government made (although some may still dispute this but that's their choice).

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