In 2012 Labour introduced a revolutionary pilot programme to deliver crucial, life changing skills to vulnerable members of the Federation. The MEND programme designed to Mend, Empower, Nurture and Direct, elevated the focus on public assistance in St. Kitts & Nevis from one of primarily material support to one that also equipped vulnerable members of society with the skills needed to cope with the various demands of life. Labour now stands ready to restore and build on this highly successful social programme which was halted by the current Administration. The new NextGen SKN Labour Movement will develop a team of properly trained government employees to implement a fully restored MEND programme. We will undertake a review of the Federation’s demographic profile to ensure that a path to empowerment is available not only to the vulnerable, but to the near vulnerable as well.
Consumers are entitled to safe products, reliable services and affordable rents. Government has a fundamental role in ensuring that consumers are not victims of harmful goods, and unfair or illegal business practices. Labour will ensure that Price Control laws and regulations are vigorously implemented. We will engage local banking sector to investigate issues and costs challenging dissatisfied consumers who are facing new hurdles to getting their cheques cashed and disputes with moving funds in and out of their own accounts. It is important the general public is educated about their rights and responsibilities of consumers and sellers and we will revitalize the department of consumer affairs to ensure this is done. Labour will share alerts about dangerous and defective goods and devices immediately and handle consumer complaints effectively, while ensuring penalties are imposed where necessary. We will eliminate debtor’s jail and introduce modern legislation to ensure fairness for both the lender and borrower. Labour will speak with and for the consumer and address all issues.
Labour has a proud history as a worker-based organization protecting workers from abuse by dishonest employers and defending the rights of workers. All employees are entitled to fair compensation, privacy and freedom from discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Labour will rally for the highest possible levels of workplace wellness and efficiency beneficial to both employer and employee. It is expected that employers would provide “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work”. Employers will be encouraged to invest in employee and community empowerment projects which help to build careers and improve employee skills and productivity. Labour will incentivize and acknowledge employers who invest in employee and community empowerment projects which develop careers and improve employee skills and productivity. We will reassess the minimum wage level with a view to ensuring that a working man or woman can live comfortably on his or her weekly wage.
Labour is unmatched in protecting the Federation’s elderly. In recognition of the need to protect the elderly we endeavor to enact legislation outlawing physical, emotional and financial abuse. Labour has pioneered the Federation’s in-home care for elderly persons who are unable to care for themselves and will further enhance it by requiring that all institutional and in-home elder care providers be registered and regulated. It will be stipulated that all institutional or in-home elder care providers be certified in Gerontology, which is the scientific study of the process of aging, and issues affecting the elderly. Our elderly are often overlooked, but Labour value our elderly. We will establish daycare centers for persons susceptible to depression due to social isolation. It is also our intent to explore partnership arrangements to improve the management of the Cardin Home.