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Democratic Labour Party Manifesto 2003
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We believe the right to a job is a basic human right and we have always maintained that any employment strategy must be sustainable and cater for all segments of the society. Our strategy is designed to provide 20,000 new jobs over the next five years. It recognizes that 4,000 new applicants enter the workforce annually while 1,400 workers retire, migrate or change occupations.

Throughout this manifesto, we have outlined several strategies, which would:

  1. Create job opportunities for the self-employed.
  2. Increase the number of private sector jobs.
  3. Provide job security for employees in the private and public sectors.
  4. Facilitate small business development as a key sector for job creation.

Our goals for the first year are:

  • 700 jobs in technology related companies - computer software development, computer maintenance and programming and telecommunications.
  • 1200 new jobs in tourism and ancillary enterprises.
  • 800 new jobs in small and micro businesses.
  • 400 new jobs in manufacturing.
  • 200 new self employed.
  • 400 new jobs in agriculture and agro-processing areas.
  • 300 new jobs in construction.
  • We will launch "KICKSTART" a programme of subsidies, tax measures and funding mechanisms that will pave the way for the small business sector to thrive and grow.
  • Under "KICKSTART" we will pay the NIS contributions for both employee and employer for NEW companies employing 10 persons or less, in the first year of operation.

We will:

  • Subsidise the rent for new manufacturing enterprises renting in government owned estates, for the first year of operation.
  • Subsidise the cost of feasibility studies and preparation of business plans for new businesses.
  • Support manufacturers with marketing and market research costs to break into export markets.
  • Provide technical and accounting services at a subidised cost.
  • Strengthen the Employment Bureau to allow staff to work with unemployed persons in job search and self-employment initiatives.
  • Sponsor job fairs to aid school leavers and the unemployed.

In addition:

  • Our lower-tax policies will put more money in people's pockets thereby generating greater economic activity and as a result more employment opportunities.
  • Our massive housing programme both in the public and private sectors will generate hundreds of jobs.
  • Our "JUMPSTART" adult education programme will create new opportunities for retired and skilled persons to earn extra cash.
  • Our "RESTART" programme which will facilitate funding to micro enterprises will generate several self employed persons.
  • Our lower taxes for the tourism and hospitality industry will make these more competitive and we will see resurgence in this sector.
  • Our new emphasis on agriculture and our plans to lease idle lands to budding farmers will open a new avenue for the self-employed.

We are confident that our strategies will work and will put Barbados on a sustainable path of economic growth and a Brighter Future For All.

LABOUR RELATIONS

The DLP remains committed to a policy that places human resource development at the center of national development, and therefore re-affirms its continued support to the training and development of workers and working conditions; the maintenance of fair industrial relations practices, including workers participation.

We will:

  • Increase subventions to trade unions.
  • Enact an Unfair Dismissals Act.
  • Establish a tribunal to adjudicate on industrial relations matters.
  • Enact legislation dealing with the recognition of trade unions.
  • Review the role of the social partnership and its Protocols. It is our view that the workers have not been given their Fair Share.
  • Revise legislation on occupational health and safety making it relevant to the new technological era.
  • Ratify ILO conventions after full discussion with the social partners.
  • Increase the number of factory inspectors.
  • Extend and improve the training of officers in the Labour Department for extended roles in nation human resource development.
  • Extend the areas offered in the Skills Training Programme through our RESTART and JUMPSTART programmes, to all areas of economic activity.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

The DLP will pay special attention to the health and safety of our workers. Job related injuries now account for the highest percentage of claims for sickness benefits in the National Insurance Scheme.

Much of the industrial unrest now affecting the country, has as its genesis, unfair labour practices and unhealthy work environments. Thus the introduction of new regulations and enforcement will be a policy of the D.L.P.

We will:

  • Pay particular attention to the hygiene and safety in public buildings to avoid for example, 'sick building syndrome' which has been found at Government work sites.
  • Enforce and police the regulations relating to the use of banned chemicals and ensure workers are given the requisite safety clothing and equipment to work with those permitted.
  • Introduce legislation making it mandatory for fire escapes in buildings, which still have only one exit and for fire drills to be instituted.
  • Introduce new regulations where necessary for the handling, disposal and transportation of hazardous materials.
  • Monitor the environment of buildings where contaminants and pollutants may impact on the health of the workers, who work in confined spaces.
  • Set standards and monitor the noise levels in factories.
  • Introduce where necessary, regulations and standards for the wearing of protective clothing, ear muffs, lifting belts, dust masks and other forms of safety gear.
  • Introduce legislation making it mandatory that all employers carry employee and public liability insurance.
  • Monitor the incidence and introduce the necessary regulations to control the ill effects of the modern technology age; e.g. carpel tunnel syndrome.

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Key
  Bajan Free Party   NDP = National Democratic Party   United Progressive Party
  Barbados Integrity Movement   People's Democratic Congress   WPB = Workers Party of Barbados
  Barbados Labour Party   PEP = People's Empowerment Party   Independent Candidate
  Democratic Labour Party   PPA = People's Political Alliance   *incumbent
  Kingdom Government of Barbados   Solutions Barbados   ** Political Leader
Sources
Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Bajan Free Party (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/Bajan-Free-Party-BFP-HonAlex-MitchellEl-1767331239973521/
Barbados Integrity Movement (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/barbdaosintegritymovement/?ref=py_c
Barbados Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.blp.org.bb/
Coalition of United Party. (2018) Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/alexmitchell.el/
Democratic Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from http://dlpbarbados.org/site/
Solutions Barbados. (2018). Retrieved from https://solutionsbarbados.com/
United Progressive Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://uppbarbados.org/
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