Residents are being told to expect a bolstered labour code under a Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) government.
PVIM Territorial At-Large candidate Shaina Smith made that pledge while giving remarks at a Women’s Townhall event in Fish Bay on Wednesday night.
“The labour code needs to be strengthened as it relates to workplace and safety,” Smith argued. “This is something that I take very seriously. That is a priority that needs to be addressed … So, going forward, for all of the government’s workplaces, we need to make that a priority.”
Smith was at the time responding to questions by members of the audience as it relates to mould infestation at government buildings
Mouldy government-run offices became prevalent following the 2017 weather events that affected the British Virgin Islands.
Delinquency on child support will also be addressed
Residents are also being told to expect a PVIM government that will be proactive in addressing negligent parenting, Smith added.
“In the research that I did in the lower income bracket for homes, there is legislation that is in place that speaks to being able to garnish wages of a parent because it could be both mothers and fathers that are being delinquent.”
She continued: “We have to have a system where there is a centralization so that if anybody is working anywhere within the country, the government is able to know that they have a salary, and the magistrate would know you are supposed to give X amount of dollars to the caregiving parent.”
She said while legislation in that regard is necessary, supporting mechanisms will be needed.
“That is one of the things that we would have to look at further and come up with what the processes need to be because you have mandated child support right now. But, everything is done through the court. So, it is kind of dependent on the person coming, and that’s where you have issues of delinquencies,” Smith reasoned.
Smith pointed out that delinquent parents would eventually wind up at Her Majesty’s Prison and the children would still suffer as they would be unable to receive the monetary support.
The PVIM, headed by former Health and Social Development minister Ronnie Skelton is hoping to unseat the National Democratic Party that he was once a part of.