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