The ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party, SLP, itself under fire for failing to adequately fulfill an election campaign promise to create jobs, has slammed the opposition United Workers Party, UWP, on the issue of job creation.
“Listen to the UWP manifesto in 2006 and listen to what they said about jobs if they won the elections – ‘A UWP administration will create 7000 new jobs particularly in the information technology sector and reduce the rate of unemployment below ten percent within five years’,” Infrastructure Minister, Philip J. Pierre told last night’s Castries Market Steps rally of the SLP.
“When they left office, unemployment was at 23 percent in 2011,” Pierre asserted.
He urged those in attendance to make a comparison of what the Labour administration has managed to achieve during its current term of office, with what the UWP achieved while in government.
Urging attendees not to gamble with their future, Pierre said that young people can take heart that there’s a government in power that cares for them, an administration that had to take some tough decisions but had to courage to look them in the face and say that those decisions were for their benefit and the benefit of their children.