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Million dollar band-aid not the solution to Caymanian unemployment, says group

Caymanians Against Economic Injustice said it is tired of million dollar band-aids being applied to the gaping wound of Caymanian unemployment.

The group told Cayman 27 more than two hundred unemployed Caymanians registered in the two-day jobs drive on the glass house lawn. It believes temporary programmes offer only temporary solutionsm, but ultimately leave the jobless back at square one.

“Times have been so hard that I guess if it wasn’t for the ocean I wouldn’t know how to survive nowadays,” said unemployed Caymanian Brian David Parchment, who said he relies on the fruits of the sea and the kindness of others just to scrape by.

He told Cayman 27 he hasn’t had a steady job in three years.

“I’m able to work any kind of job, doesn’t matter, it could be picking up garbage off the road,” said Mr. Parchment.

He said he’s ready and willing to work, and even participated in December’s community enhancement programme.

“I’m tired of the million dollar band aids,” said Lorna Bush. She told the newly-launched Ready2Work.ky initiative is just that: a band-aid. She suggested splitting that $1.7 million budget in half.

“Give our people the 850,000 dollar fish, so they get a little piece to eat, and put the other 850,000 into training and development,” said Ms. Bush.

“What happens then after that six months period?” asked Richard Bernard of CAEI.

Mr. Bernard said there’s no guarantee the programme would work out for everyone.

“What happens if the money runs out before six months? Then where is that person who was being employed on a temporary basis, they’re back to square one,” he said.

Square one is exactly where Mr. Parchment told Cayman 27 he was after his two weeks of work with community enhancement crews. He said he doesn’t care what the solution is, as long as it puts him in a position of self-sufficience.

“I just want a job. Once I can maintain my little daughter and my girlfriend and my self, and pay my bills, my light bill and my water bill, I’m fine,” said Mr. Parchment.

 

Caymanians Against Economic Injustice told Cayman 27 many of those registered at its two-day jobs drive said they were not registered with the NWDA.

The group said with more than 25,000 work permits, there’s no reason why a single Caymanian should be out of work.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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