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UPP has reservations about implementation of latest work permit policy.

Editorial Staff

Jan 8, 2023

Just mere hours after news broke that CARICOM and Dominican Republic Nations will not require work permits in Antigua and Barbuda, the United Progressive Party has responded, saying it is gratified but awaits implementation.

The government said on Saturday afternoon that consistent with its obligations under Articles 45 and 46,  clauses 2 (iii) and 3 of the CARICOM Treaty, has decided to eliminate the requirement for work permits for nationals of CARICOM Community countries who are gainfully employed in Antigua and Barbuda, effective January 1st, 2023.  

The Government also decided that, in keeping with Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to the economic integration of the Caribbean region, the elimination of work permits for persons who are gainfully employed, will be extended to people from the Dominican Republic.  

And in a swift response, United Progressive Party Harold Lovell, said he is gratified to see the Browne Administration adopt another of the Party’s plans.

“That decision, which is contained within the UPP’s “One Caribbean” policy, was announced right after the New Year opened; carried in the press on Tuesday; and ventilated by Lovell on Thursday night at the political rally held in the City East constituency,” Lovell recalled.

Lovell said its adoption by the Labour Party Government is accepted by the UPP as validation of its Political Leader’s vision and ideas and proof that it is the UPP that is poised to take this country to an elevated level.

“It proves, as well, that the UPP’s policies will NOT bankrupt the country, as the ALP contends, since the Browne Administration already has adopted our proposals on fuel-price reductions and a revision of the minimum wage, albeit in disappointing quantum,” according to the UPP’s political leader.

But Lovell said, despite the ALP Government’s declaration, that these categories of residents will be exempted from requiring work permits, the UPP has its reservations about its implementation of the policy.

“Residents will recall that, on the eve of the 2018 General Election, Prime Minister Gaston Browne claimed he would remove the payment of ABST from eyeglasses and funeral expenses. To date, however, this has not been done,” Lovell said in a statement Sunday morning.

Adding, “further, the memories of how the non-national community was used in previous elections –  only to be deprived of the six-month work-permit waiver promised in 2014 and then rewarded with a sudden and brutal hike in work-permit and Extension-Form fees after 2018 – have not faded”.

Furthermore, the UPP said it hopes that the ALP Government has not filched Mr. Lovell’s plans simply to deceive these members of the immigrant community and secure votes by dishonesty.

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Tell me about your backpeddling on implementing the plan. The majority of the article focused on failures of the ABLP but you have not given any pellucid explanation about your reservations. Awaiting further clarification.

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  2. Anonymous

    Check this…. Hmmmmm
    The grand announcement was made
    “No work permit for CARICOM and Dominican Republic nationals”

    A FEW MINUTES LATER…
    “UPP has reservations about implementation of latest work permit policy.”

    Please analyze and evaluate the policies thoroughly before putting them in the public domain. The retracting and or reservation does not paint a positive image

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  3. Anonymous

    This article could have been a bit more clearly written.

    UPP has reservations about ABLP’s implementation of these plans based on ABLP’s track record of lies.

    For example the same Gaston that promised a 6 month waiver of work permit fees in 2014, doubled the fees afterwards.

    This is the full text of the press release from which this article is derived:

    UPP Gratified by Government’s Adoption of Lovell’s Policy on Work Permits and Waits to See Implementation

    January 7, 2023

    Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), is gratified to see the Browne Administration adopt another of the Party’s plans – this time the removal of the work-permit requirement for nationals of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic.

    That decision, which is contained within the UPP’s “One Caribbean” policy, was announced right after the New Year opened; carried in the press on Tuesday; and ventilated by Lovell on Thursday night at the political rally held in the City East constituency.

    Its adoption by the Labour Party Government is accepted by the UPP as validation of its Political Leader’s vision and ideas and proof that it is the UPP who is poised to take this country to an elevated level.

    It proves, as well, that the UPP’s policies will NOT bankrupt the country, as the ALP contends, since the Browne Administration already has adopted our proposals on fuel-price reductions and a revision of the minimum wage, albeit in disappointing quantums.

    Meanwhile, despite the ALP Government’s declaration, today, that these categories of residents will be exempted from requiring work permits, the UPP has its reservations about its implementation of the policy.

    Residents will recall that, on the eve of the 2018 General Election, Prime Minister Gaston Browne claimed he would remove the payment of ABST from eyeglasses and funeral expenses. To date, however, this has not been done.

    Further, the memories of how the non-national community was used in previous elections – only to be deprived of the six-month work-permit waiver promised in 2014 and then rewarded with a sudden and brutal hike in work-permit and Extension-Form fees after 2018 – have not faded.

    In this current instance, the UPP can only hope the ALP Government has not filched Mr. Lovell’s plans simply to deceive these members of the immigrant community and secure votes by dishonesty.

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  4. Denzel

    January 18th soon come. All the dogs will stop barking. All the who should do what and the what should will end. Bla bla bla. Five more years!

    Reply

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