Rigobert: No exclusive right to jobs for locals

Rigobert: No exclusive right to jobs for locals

Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Doctor Gale Rigobert, has told Saint Lucian students at the University of the West Indies (UWI)in Trinidad and Tobago that as a result of globalization, no government in any part of the world can give its citizens the assurance  that they have exclusive right to a job in their native country.

“No government can do that anymore,” Rigobert told the UWI students yesterday.

“It means that as a global village, if and or when an opportunity becomes available, it is  not your birth certificate that will give you right of access  to that opportunity,” she explained.

(Saint Lucian students at UWI listening to Doctor Rigobert)

According to the minister, citizens of the OECS and CARICOM may have equal right of access  to opportunities within the groupings.

“The pressure that is therefore upon us to up our game is twofold – we need to up our game because we need to remain competitive and relevant in our own jurisdiction, but also it is necessary that we up our game because of the fact that we find ourselves in a global marketplace where persons from outside of the rock may very well be eligible  to play a significant role in the development of our own country,”  the minister explained.

Rigobert recalled telling her students when she lectured at the university that it is not their university certificate that will guarantee them an opportunity.

“What I mean by that is albeit that perhaps you are part of the privileged five or seven percent of Saint Lucians who are able to access tertiary education, because Saint Lucia is not an exclusive zone you find yourselves  as part and parcel of a wider global community of persons who hold a a certificate of similar weight,” she stated.

 

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25 Comments

  1. Alvin Ernest
    February 17, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

    Is Dr Rigobert living in a vacuum? What does she think Donald Trump represents? Globalisation has failed to deliver to everyone, it has culminated in a wider gap between the rich and the poor! It has stunted upward mobility… It is time that St Lucia and other small countries recognise that there are enormous differences between small and large economies…. Failure to recognise these creates existential risks…. St Lucians are smart and considerate, I am confident that they can create socio-economic policies and positions that work for everyone…

  2. Sad-But-True
    February 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

    This Chastanet surrogate and house slave, single handedly destroyed the Windfarm project in Denery. The entrepreneur has pulled.
    Thanks Gale, good job.
    I’ve always stated, UWP doesn’t build anything, but destroyers if everything in their path. This wind farm would have helped to ease the cost of Electricity on the island. But no! More to come!
    St. Lucians were warned.

    1. Steups!
      February 20, 2017 at 12:26 am Reply

      Haha .. i dont think the SLP administration did a good job saving any in the south of the island. After all he closed down Beausejour and the Freezone. Sighh

  3. Sad-But-True
    February 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Gale is a Joke!
    Her only accomplishment is to bore the masses with her slow speech defect and syllable counting. What a jerk!

  4. Just saying
    February 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply

    This is simple! This would not be happening if there was simply a fixed minimum wage. See how they play around the issue at hand looking for a way out. Its simple if every position was paying x amount of money them even if that very position opens at another establishment. One would have to make a decission as to working environment not wages offered. If i am working for five dollars an hour and some one offers me a six fifty an hour job what do you think i would do?.

  5. Just saying
    February 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    My comment was made in regards to the poaching stuff going on wrong post sorry

  6. concerned citizens
    February 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm Reply

    While I understand the rationale to this concept of globalization, I do hope the Minister understands that we as a “DEVELOPING NATION” which is equivalent to saying “DEVELOPING HUMAN RESOURCE” cannot compete with the rest of the world who are decades if not centuries ahead of us in that regard.

    Oh we will try but, be always mindful of the disadvantageous position we have created for our people

    When successive governments (SLP and UWP) have failed to create sustainable and effective programmes to develop the human resource here in St. Lucia.

    In effect they have failed to prepare the people for this NEW WORLD ORDER.

    They have failed to allocate the necessary funds for the necessary programmes (the millions have always been too sweet to “waste” on the population).

    And now, when it is convenient to them they’re imposing this framework of globalization which is not to our benefit. We’re entering market as the underdogs.

    Too make it worse, we still do not have a full fledged university here in Saint Lucia

    And once again, the black man keeps selling his people into slavery.

    People, put party politics aside and seriously analyze what this Minister is advocating.

    My question:

    Has the Government signed a “NEW WORLD ORDER TREATY” without informing the people of Saint Lucia?

    And is this their way of sensitizing us?

  7. Sharon terrell
    February 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply

    This is a competitive world yes indeed,Dog it Dog world a certificate is only a start,these days you ate very lucky to even get a job with a degree,so people need to look at the entrepreneur market the business world.No government can create jobs for all the citizens especially on a tiny caribbean island.When half of the population are illiterate.People need to up their game,stop expecting government or someone to feed them.

  8. Sharon terrell
    February 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    This is a competitive world yes indeed,Dog it Dog world a certificate is only a start,these days you ate very lucky to even get a job with a degree,so people need to look at the entrepreneur market the business world.No government can create jobs for all the citizens especially on a tiny caribbean island.When half of the population are illiterate.People need to up their game,stop expecting government or someone to feed them.

  9. Sharon terrell
    February 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

    This is a competitive world yes indeed,Dog it Dog world a certificate is only a start,these days you ate very lucky to even get a job with a degree,so people need to look at the entrepreneur market the business world.No government can create jobs for all the citizens especially on a tiny caribbean island.When half of the population are illiterate.People need to up their game,stop expecting government or someone to feed them.

    1. concerned citizens
      February 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply

      My dear it is the mandate of the government to provide the necessary conditions to improve the standard of living of its people.

      We are not asking for hand outs.

      That is the job, amongst others they get paid to do, further more, every job has a three month probationary period when are we going to extend such a time frame on the government, at least a year.

      This will definitely ensure that when they come into government they come to work and that we the people demand and expect results.

      Peace.

  10. Alvin Ernest
    February 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

    I guess the key question for academics and politicians to ponder is, what role can a small economy (dominated by consumption) play in the current globalisation model? I don’t think it will take them too long to conclude, that in fact, small economies have very little at stake and near zero influence… Of course, if a country could attract FDI (using tax haven policies) then it can worm its way into the globalisation conversation a la Cayman Islands… It’s time that actors in small economies become their own people, and stop relying on education optimised for large economies… St Lucians are smart, they can create economic rules and models that work best for themselves….

    1. concerned citizens
      February 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply

      Agreed.

      Let’s stop the 6 for 9 acceptance mode.

      Remember what they said about our coconut oil?

      We now have to find individuals with integrity to represent us and not the dysfunctional and educated house slaves we have here, who by the way keep recycling an education model based on submission rather challenge, rendering the critical thinking abilities of our children useless rather than developing it. Yet they expect you to take on and challenge the world.

      How can you sow grapefruit seeds and expect tangerine and pomme d’amour.

  11. MR COCO
    February 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    What a load of crap.

  12. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Aside from the fixed wage issue, St. Lucia has a very high taxation regime compared to other territories meaning you Pay so much more as You Earn. We need to look at a better system that does not punish some alone. Every camel has its breaking point. People need to have that promised ‘chi-ching’ in their pockets to spend. easiest way to stimulate the economy.

  13. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply

    So why is it that there are other Caribbean countries that give preference to their own still. British Virgin Islands is a prime example of that. Bvislanders or locals preferred. Wake up first preference suppose to be for the locals a man should be able to survive in his country first before thinking of moving to someone else’s country.

    1. ...
      February 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply

      Why did you go so far? look over your shoulder at your sister Barbados

  14. 666
    February 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply

    No ma’am, citizens of the OECS comes first because we have an economic union. CARICOM is a different beast.

  15. Confused
    February 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

    The globalization for local jobs sentiment actually makes no sense while we still have work permit requirements and trade license requirements securing local jobs in St. Lucia. So I’m not sure how globalization affects our job markets. It isn’t that easy for foreigners to work in St. Lucia.

  16. Lawyer lier tiff
    February 18, 2017 at 12:20 am Reply

    Minister u are right but as a Lucia no way I am Goin to hire a foreigner and leave a Lucia behind.
    Babados Trinidad Jamaica etc look at demand. I guess we Lucian too nice

  17. Lawyer lier tiff
    February 18, 2017 at 12:27 am Reply

    Them*

  18. Concern
    February 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Woman your head is too bald the sun is affecting your brain. Before you open your large mouth seek medical help and start saying things that make sense

  19. Lisa Sonny
    February 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Gale’s main concern was to be elected twice and qualify for a pension . She has achieved that. Everything else comes after !

  20. Anonymous
    February 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Gale makes me sick to my stomach i believe the baboon needs a husband

  21. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply

    It is easy for politicians to go up to the podium and con the citizens with everything they know people need to hear. What we need is education, not just fifth grade . We can compete with other countries, but the government need to provide, we must have the means afforded for higher education.
    What you have is a destructive government, making decisions like the one signed with the Chinese for that race track in Vieux fort. That was indeed not in good faith.
    To displace and replace your citizens without the benefit of economic value to them is disrespectful. It is ridiculous to claim that citizens are not guarantee a job whether they are citizens is mind boggling that one would say that. We must feed our children first , then others last.
    Uplift and education is the key, not disrespect.

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