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.
this manifesto, we have outlined several strategies, which
job opportunities for the self-employed.
the number of private sector jobs.
job security for employees in the private and public sectors.
small business development as a key sector for job creation.
goals for the first year are:
jobs in technology related companies - computer software
development, computer maintenance and programming and telecommunications.
new jobs in tourism and ancillary enterprises.
new jobs in small and micro businesses.
new jobs in manufacturing.
new self employed.
new jobs in agriculture and agro-processing areas.
new jobs in construction.
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.
"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.
the rent for new manufacturing enterprises renting in government
owned estates, for the first year of operation.
the cost of feasibility studies and preparation of business
plans for new businesses.
manufacturers with marketing and market research costs to
break into export markets.
technical and accounting services at a subidised cost.
the Employment Bureau to allow staff to work with unemployed
persons in job search and self-employment initiatives.
job fairs to aid school leavers and the unemployed.
lower-tax policies will put more money in people's pockets
thereby generating greater economic activity and as a result
more employment opportunities.
massive housing programme both in the public and private
sectors will generate hundreds of jobs.
"JUMPSTART" adult education programme will
create new opportunities for retired and skilled persons
to earn extra cash.
"RESTART" programme which will facilitate
funding to micro enterprises will generate several self
lower taxes for the tourism and hospitality industry will
make these more competitive and we will see resurgence in
new emphasis on agriculture and our plans to lease idle
lands to budding farmers will open a new avenue for the
confident that our strategies will work and will put Barbados
on a sustainable path of economic growth and a Brighter Future
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.
subventions to trade unions.
an Unfair Dismissals Act.
a tribunal to adjudicate on industrial relations matters.
legislation dealing with the recognition of trade unions.
the role of the social partnership and its Protocols. It
is our view that the workers have not been given their Fair
legislation on occupational health and safety making it
relevant to the new technological era.
ILO conventions after full discussion with the social partners.
the number of factory inspectors.
and improve the training of officers in the Labour Department
for extended roles in nation human resource development.
the areas offered in the Skills Training Programme through
our RESTART and JUMPSTART programmes, to all
areas of economic activity.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
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
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.
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.
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.
legislation making it mandatory for fire escapes in buildings,
which still have only one exit and for fire drills to be
new regulations where necessary for the handling, disposal
and transportation of hazardous materials.
the environment of buildings where contaminants and pollutants
may impact on the health of the workers, who work in confined
standards and monitor the noise levels in factories.
where necessary, regulations and standards for the wearing
of protective clothing, ear muffs, lifting belts, dust masks
and other forms of safety gear.
legislation making it mandatory that all employers carry
employee and public liability insurance.
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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