Newly elected Minister of Labour Colin Jordan today promised that the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration would stick to its campaign pledge to expand the Social Partnership.
The BLP said in its 76-page manifesto for the May 24 general election it would invite additional members to the partnership, including non-governmental organizations.
Following yesterday’s meeting of the Social Partnership at Government Headquarters, which was described as upbeat by those who were present, Jordan, who has responsibility for Social Partnership relations, told Barbados TODAY the inclusion of more partners was still on the cards.
“There are ongoing matters that the Ministry of Labour and the Social Partnership will look after. The one I can tell you about right now is from our campaign manifesto, which seeks to include and expand the Social Partnership to include religious and non-governmental organizations.
“At this point it is tripartite – we have Government, unions and the representatives of business – but one of our early areas of focus in terms of transforming Barbados is to include some others in the dialogue,” Jordan stressed.
However, Jordan, who comfortably won the St Peter seat in last week’s general election, admitted he was still unsure how the inclusion of the new members would proceed.
“We just have to work through the mechanics of it to see how it will be done. The Social Partnership is a main area of focus. We met with them and we are in focus immediately. We are not sure what form it will take but we will work through that in the coming weeks,” he said.
“It is clear in our manifesto and that is what we will be proceeding with. We have always seen our manifesto as a social contract with the people of Barbados. They elected us based on that and we are going forward with the implementation of policies based on the manifesto,” Jordan stressed.
The Social Partnership is set to meet again on Friday.