The Saint Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) wants the government to initiate dialogue with important stakeholders here, on the issue of unemployment.
Speaking on behalf of the organization, SLEF Executive Director, Joseph Alexander, said he was very worried by current international trends.
Alexander asserted that most large economies are not growing.
He disclosed that some employers are not optimistic and do not expect 2016 to be much better than 2015.
According to Alexander, he had heard Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony’s comments about the creation of five thousand jobs.
“If that is so I am really please because I have been shouting from the rooftops about unemployment,” the SLEF Executive Director said, adding that he was glad to hear reports that the unemployment rate has decreased.
Nevertheless Alexander said he wanted more details and expressed the hope that the jobs created would be sustainable.
He declared that from his organization’s standpoint, the creation of large numbers of jobs is not much in evidence in Saint Lucia.
“In fact I have hardly seen any jobs being created,” Alexander said.
He expressed concern that the government is creating short term employment.
Alexander described this as a good thing, but felt it would be better if the private sector were to be given the incentives to provide jobs that are more sustainable.