CASTRIES, Saint Lucia –Friday, February 12, 2016 – It is unfortunate that the outgoing Labour Administration would continue to mislead Saint Lucians into believing that the overall unemployment rate fell to 20% in 2015.
Mr. Edwin St. Catherine, the Chief Statistics Officer, indicated that unemployment for 2015 was 24.5%, which is an increase from 2014.
Leader of the United Workers’ Party, Allen Chastanet, has criticized the Labour Party for its refusal to acknowledge their failure and to chart a new course.
“The simple fact remains that unemployment has not improved and remains the number one issue affecting citizens and in particular, the youth,” he asserted.
“The Labour Party continues to fail miserably at growing the economy and in particular, creating jobs.”
In their press release, they made reference to a new development in Rodney Bay called “The HaborClub”, which they embarrassingly referred to as, “Habour View Hotel”.
This is a US 55 million dollar investment in which Allen Chastanet was very instrumental in persuading the developer to invest in Saint Lucia. It is important to note that the developer has only used local contractors. The hotel will also be the first Gold LEED* Hotel in the Caribbean – a 4.5 star hotel.
The UWP has always been in the best interest of the people whether in Government or in Opposition, unlike the current prime minister who had threatened to write to investors in an attempt to prevent them from investing in Saint Lucia while he was in Opposition.
The United Workers’ Party is ready to govern and to build on its successful economic and development track record.