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Hons Fahie & Christian speak up for VIslanders; Hire them!

Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, and Junior Minister for Tourism Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL), right, have spoken out about the treatment of locals when it comes to being hired in the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has spoken out about the treatment of locals when it comes to being hired in the Territory, as we build the Virgin Islands.

Honourable Fahie was at the time today April 20, 2017 speaking on a motion brought to the House of Assembly by Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) to appoint Mrs Ayana I. Glasgow-Liburd as Chairwoman of the BVI Health Services Authority.

While Hon Fahie expressed his support for Mrs Glasgow-Liburd, he warned the incoming Chairwoman of the need to ensure that locals are hired in that organisation. He said “I do not support the notion that our people do not want to work.”

The Leader of the Opposition warned that “you cannot build a nation like this…one minute they are told that they are over qualified the other minute they are told something else…”

He said our people want to work as “many of the locals are right here with the same qualifications, but still not hired.” Hon Fahie said we can make laws right here to protect our people. A year or so the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) told the public that we cannot make laws anymore to protect our people.

However, the Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Fahie disagreed and told lawmakers that we must protect our people through laws. He said St Kitts is not building St Kitts for Trinidad and Antigua is not building Antigua for Barbados. He said Jamaica was not going to build Jamaica for anyone next door.

Hon Fahie said while he is not a fan of President Donald J. Trump (R), the United States President is doing all he can to protect the American people. “What is wrong with us doing that here?” he asked.

Hon Christian agrees

Meanwhile, Junior Minister for Tourism Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL) also joined in defending local residents for employment and said “it is wrong to have locals qualified in their own country while others not from here, sometimes with a job already, but getting a job in a government organisation….this is wrong,” he lamented. Hon Christian said he knows this will be "breaking news" but this must not continue.

Over the years local Virgin Islanders have complained that they are discriminated against, especially in the area of employment.

Within the past six years many government organisations and statutory bodies such as Her Majesty’s Prison, Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, BVI Ports Authority, BVI Health Services Authority and the Attorney General’s Chambers, along with many private sector organisations, have been stacked with expat workers while locals go without employment, or if hired are doing the jobs that are at the bottom of the scale.

37 Responses to “Hons Fahie & Christian speak up for VIslanders; Hire them!”

  • long look me come from (20/04/2017, 19:58) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    So true
  • Assasanine (20/04/2017, 20:12) Like (11) Dislike (27) Reply
    Dudes BVIslanders need a lot of training. Stop playing politics and start assisting and rebuilding of our people.
    • @Assasanine (20/04/2017, 22:03) Like (27) Dislike (10) Reply
      If we need a lot of training you need more. This is our country like it or not and if our politicians want to help us then that is our affairs not yours.
    • vi (23/04/2017, 11:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lots of people coming into this Territory do no have any training, people are hiring them and then training them. Tired of this sh*t, that local people are not trained for this or trained for that.
  • SMH (20/04/2017, 20:21) Like (5) Dislike (23) Reply
    Archie the clock and calendar is what have you there still so enjoy and be quiet!!!
  • No Biggie (20/04/2017, 20:25) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply

    All there is to say... 'file a class action lawsuits'

    ...the legitimate employment interests of Virgin Islanders and Belongers shall be paramount and shall override all other competing expression on national policy in this section;....
  • i from here (20/04/2017, 20:29) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    Pure talk none of them care a dam thing about locals
  • Serpico (20/04/2017, 21:03) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply

    Really Archie !!!!. are u really an opportunist and ingrate? You ever supported guy hill in immigration? now here talking p**s.

  • Ajic (20/04/2017, 21:05) Like (28) Dislike (13) Reply
    Employers like to perpetuate the lie that BVIslanders lazy, but the truth is BVIslanders refuse to be exploited and made to feel less than in their own country. A lot of these employers is about exploitation and bringing back slavery
    • @ajic (20/04/2017, 22:01) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      I am in agreement with you. Too bad most of our people lack understanding of what's really going on in the work field in our own country. We have enough educated and trained people to take up top jobs.. Always one excuse after another why we can't hold those jobs.
    • nonsense (21/04/2017, 05:14) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
      I was born here and run a medium size business with local and foreign staff. I do not employ anybody to enslave them and pay the market rate for what my staff do. Typically I pay more bonus to staff on work permits because they work harder and are more interested in seeing my business grow. My local staff, with one exception, do not work as hard, and frequently on their phones and often 'gone to come back'.
      • Ajic (22/04/2017, 08:52) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        @nonsense: I never said all employers just like 'all' BVISLANDERS are not lazy and unproductive like you seem to be implying and not 'all' expats are productive. In fact in my experience of having expats work on my job is they put on a good show of pretending to work but as soon as you turn your back they on their phone or dragging out the work. In addition, most cases the work is substandard. However, they do now how to suck up to you and that tends to blind most gullible employers to their dishonesty and many faults. Do not be deceived.
    • big man (21/04/2017, 08:10) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      and the purpose of the labour department is...
      • @big man (24/04/2017, 08:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The same purpose it would seem as the Immigration Office 'to put on a show'.
  • Hammer time (20/04/2017, 21:06) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    This gang is deliberately discriminating against the Hill man. Talk that also.
  • VG (20/04/2017, 21:33) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    The central government is getting full up of island people too
  • Genie Pearl (20/04/2017, 22:20) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Noting to worry. BVIskanders will get all they job they need just now when companies move out. Ain't no damn trust company will stay here with all this political harassment. Government dem putting nail in they own coffin as the saying goes.
  • wize up (20/04/2017, 23:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
  • lodger (21/04/2017, 02:33) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    Can these guys please line up the qualified locals who have been passed over, and get affidavits from them detailing the circumstancess where they were not chosen and in their opinion why not? Should make interesting reading!
  • ccc (21/04/2017, 06:41) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Funny man better retract thoes words before next election
  • Concerned (21/04/2017, 07:16) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    The officials (both party's) ask the private sector to hire locals and say there are qualified individuals available. They try to legislate this. Then for the very same reasons that the private sector hires outsiders, the government does the same. The locals do not want and/or are not qualified. It would be easy to make a rule that all government hired persons be local, but it just would not work. Get on with transparency, audits & infrastucture.
  • wize up (21/04/2017, 08:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    some of the things which we complain over are created by us: our people are the ones that have to grant the necessary permission for a non belongers to fill certain post in this territory(we issues the documents)....there is a belonger somewhere on this planet that have the qualifications to fill most vacancies in this territory however most time is comes down to salary: some non belongers might accept less pay because when those funds are sent to their country of oragin it add up(one dollars is a dollar for the belongers but for non belongers that same dollar is calculated on the rate of exchange in his Market)
  • Real Deal (21/04/2017, 08:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The problem is black people don't want to see their own succeed. They rather have others at their level. I thought slavery would've bought us closer together, as in those days.
  • fact check (21/04/2017, 08:14) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tell me how much locals myron, mark, ronnie & burtue have in their busineses then come back to me!!!!
  • ... (21/04/2017, 09:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ting to talk..

  • E. Leonard (21/04/2017, 09:46) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The employment situation in the VI is complex. The vexing situation where apparently expats may have preference over locals for jobs that locals are qualified for falls squarely on the shoulders of government, employees and employers.

    The nation has been slow off the mark in effectively investing in human capital and training to its needs. There is a glut in certain skills and a scarcity in others. For example, the VI went from few local lawyers to now there seems to be an abundance of lawyers. On the other hand, more doctors and other medical professionals are needed. Many locals gravitate towards administrative skills while technical skills seem to be the province of expats (not their fault just meeting a need). Government should award scholars and other government funded training based on national need. For example, there is no local medical examiner. With a growing population, this is a need that should have been addressed decades ago. Interestingly there was local interest in this area but decision makers did not see the need. Further, the Ministry of Labour must be the cog in the employment needs wheel. It should be strict in only issuing work permits only for jobs that 1) there are no interested qualified locals, 2)jobs that Virgin Islanders may not want or 3)spewciality jobs. . What is the employer role and responsibility ?

    It is no secret that employers will limit expenditures by hiring workers at the least costs; Labour is a major cost. Profit trumps locals loyalty. Low compensation offering leads to rejection by locals and acceptance by external workers. Some workers may be more motivated than others and willing to work for less. Some may see this as exploration. However, the market may be driving the level of compensation. The demand for workers is less than the supply so it is an employers' market. However, can locals afford to buy goods and services from businesses if they are not employed and prices are not fair and reasonable? The Labour Dept. must get actively engaged to ensure that locals get a fair shake at employment.

    In regards to employees, they must 1) get the requisite training for available jobs in the economy (they cannot pigeon hole themselves to administrative jobs), 2) they must be productive , 3) earn the priviledge to be employed , 4) reliable and punctual, 5)part of the team...........etc. Moreover, there is no stigma to working with one's hands out doors. Electrician, plumber, carpenter, mason, automechanic, diesel mechanic, boat captain, air conditioning technician, surveyor, nurse, teacher, lab tech........etc can earn decent wages. Often time they pay more than administrative skills. Being born in the VI is no guarantee for a job. If you are qualified, yes, you should have first preference with a fair and reasonable salary expectation for the job. The Labour Dept. must make this happen.
  • lost for words (21/04/2017, 12:37) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    we post vacancies all the time. no bvi islanders applying ...yet they making a fuss when they see other people in positions.

    don't know how to please these people.
  • Hmm (21/04/2017, 14:40) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    well, how we gon hire when we never really invested in real education, just smokes and mirrors all these decades. now we have a wasted generation of mischief makers
    • @hmmm (23/04/2017, 06:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      " now we have a wasted generation of mischief makers" lol that has little to do with those in power.... That mostly a result of bad parenting complemented with the community in which they brought up....
  • JACK BE STILL (21/04/2017, 18:28) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    half breed funny man want to give away our country so he could stay in power HELL NO!!!
  • Mike (24/04/2017, 04:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the minister said that there people are over look he is talking of those that are qualified and trained in there field and are looked over.individual are hired with out the skill of the staff they are paid to over see and are paid thousand of dollars more than those same staff .

    My the only reason they are being there is for the money
  • vi (25/04/2017, 20:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Below was taken from Bermuda website
    When a work permit comes up for renewal, the employer must advertise the job and give full consideration to qualified Bermudian applicants. If there are no qualified Bermudians, non-Bermudians can be rehired, assuming they have not exceeded their six-year term limit or any extension granted to it. But even a person who had received an extension (or a full waiver) of the term limit is not exempted from having his or her job re-advertised and being replaced by a non-Bermudian. That's because the sole purpose of term limits is to avoid creating a situation where Bermuda has a large population of non-Bermudians who have been on the Island for decades demanding more rights. Thus the ten-year work permit, if and when ever granted (considered in March 2010 and approved in principle, for a fee of $20,000, but highly unlikely to be issued except perhaps in special cases) is fairly limited in its scope, although for those who have a waiver already, it will give some security to them and to their employer.

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