Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Michael South Central Marsha Caddle on Saturday urged Barbadians not to be fooled by the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) 15,000 job promise.
At a recent DLP political meeting, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, the party’s candidate for St Philip South, promised to find work for thousands of unemployed Barbadians over the next two years, specifically in the tourism sector.
“As usual this Government has sought to make a lot of empty promises that they know they cannot back up or keep.” Caddle told Barbados TODAY during a clean-up of Britton’s Hill.
“This Government is not in the business of telling the people of Barbados the truth.”
Caddle added that based on the trajectory of the Government’s policies, these jobs were nothing more than imaginary.
“Based on what they have been doing I don’t know where these jobs are coming from. Further the Attorney General said that they would have to re-skill Barbadians and raise the skill level of Barbadians to fit into these imaginary 15,000 jobs and yet they removed free tuition at tertiary level, so I don’t know how they are going to embark on a plan to re-skill Barbadians when many Barbadians simply can’t afford it,” she stressed.
Caddle said dealing with youth unemployment and unemployment in general was high on the BLP’s agenda as will be seen in their manifesto, scheduled to be released next week.
She also said figures released by the DLP regarding unemployment in Barbados were not an accurate representation of the situation.
“We have seen the figures revealed by the Government regarding unemployment. Anybody who is living in Barbados today will not believe those numbers, just look around and you can see unemployment is at all-time high,” Caddle said.
An economist by profession, Caddle also commented on the recently released report by the Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes which suggested that the economy was on the brink of a recession.
“We have seen the Central Bank Governor’s report and it shows a downturn, a contraction in the economy of 0.7 per cent,” she said, adding that “part of the reason for that downturn is the many projects promised by this Government that have not yet come on stream and the employment opportunities promised with said projects that have not materialized.”
Caddle will be going up against Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy in the upcoming general election on May 24. (KH)