Morales Government Generates Massive Jobs Growth in Bolivia

Since being elected Bolivian President, Evo Morales has implemented policies to create employment throughout the country.

Half a million jobs in both private and public sectors since 2006

Bolivian Minister of Labor Daniel Santalla announced Wednesday that Bolivia has generated a half a million jobs in both the private and public sector since 2006.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference in La Paz“There was major increase in employment throughout the country since 2006, according to the data we have, in both the public and private sector have created more the 500,000 jobs in the country,” he stated.

Santalla went on attribute the increased employment levels to the policies carried out under Evo Morales’ administration, which have aimed to expand employment opportunities, especially economically marginalized communities.

However, the Minister also noted that the creation of jobs must also include the generation of “decent and dignified” forms of labor in which workers should receive benefits from social security.

Improved labor legislation

Since 2005, the Bolivian government has made considerable progress in terms of improving labor legislation, including:

• Prohibiting unlawful firings;
• Legalizing strikes;
• No longer allows employers to fire women with children less than a year old;
• Allows women to have paid day to go the gynaecologist; and
• Providing three months of paid benefits after a worker is fired or resigns.

Most importantly, from 2005-2013 Bolivia has achieved an increase in real minimum wage of 104 percent, higher than any other Latin American country according to International Labor Organization.

Source:  Morales Government Generates Massive Jobs Growth in BoliviaTeleSUR

One thought on “Morales Government Generates Massive Jobs Growth in Bolivia

  1. Congratulations to the Bolivian people and their government in creating 500,000 jobs for its people in the public and private sectors between 2006 and now!

    The creation of jobs is always a major social and economic priority of a peoples’ government like that of Evo Morales in Bolivia.

    In this regard, the fact that nothing near to 500,000 jobs were created before by the corrupt capitalist governments which ruled mineral rich Bolivia prior to Evo Morales’ government is evidence that job creation was not a priority for their national agenda.

    On the contrary, one of the goals of a peoples’ government is to eliminate the many social, economic, political and other challenges that capitalism always imposes on a people.

    One of these challenges is unemployment or the waste of human labor and potential. Hence the priority of creating jobs for the Bolivian people. The more jobs created the less idle hands in society, the more economic growth and progress , the likelihood that more dreams will be realized and the less crime, prostitution and other social vices in a new society that puts people at its center.

    Likewise, a government like Bolivia’s distributes land, another resource made idle by capitalism with tens of thousands of acres in the hands of a few landlords who keep it idle while millions of peasants are landless and hungry.

    The Morales government in Bolivia has a huge responsibility to end the waste of labor, land and other resources that are so endemic to a capitalist society.

    In other words, a peoples’ government has no choice other than to construct a society that uses resources more efficiently than a capitalist society does in order to operate the economy closer to its productive capacity.

    Finally, the peoples’ government in Bolivia and elsewhere must delivery political democracy which was denied them by the capitalist classes who only used the people every four or five years to vote for one or another dominant political parties to rule them. Thus, the creation of democracy in Bolivia in a bottom up, grassroots manner in the villages, communities, towns, schools and other areas give the people the power over their police, schools, government agencies and other institutions that neglected and marginalized them for decades!

    Let us celebrate the peoples’ government in Bolivia and wish them only the very best in using their sovereign resources to solve the pressing problems of their people.

    Long live Bolivia!

    Long live its democratic government!

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