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Is Anegada too boring to work?

- Businessman says he cannot get people to work on Anegada
An aerial view of Anegada. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Potter in blue tee shirt told Hon. Pickering it is difficult to get persons from Tortola to work on Anegada. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINOifilit to get
Potter in blue tee shirt told Hon. Pickering it is difficult to get persons from Tortola to work on Anegada. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINOifilit to get
SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI – One restaurateur, who owns two businesses on Anegada, bemoaned the fact that he has to keep one closed because he cannot get anyone from the sister islands to come and work.

This was one of the issues raised yesterday, March 5, 2012 by Winston Potter at the labour meeting held at the Emile Dunlop Community Centre, Anegada.

“I run an ad in the newspaper month in, month out...I get phone calls up to this morning and when I tell them it’s Anegada, they say okay, thank you and hang up. People just don’t want to come and work here,” he told Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering.

Potter revealed that he has a new establishment but is forced to keep it closed since he barely has staff to keep the other restaurant and bar open.

In explaining his plight, the entrepreneur said he has a regular job, and in the evenings would have to act as the cook, waiter and bartender to keep his business running smoothly.

“I want to be the one to walk around and see what’s going on in the business...it’s a really funny situation for me. If you bring someone fresh from overseas he or she can adjust to the lifestyle on Anegada, but if you bring somebody from Tortola they say oh Anegada too dead. I am not lying....I need people to work,” he stated.

According to him, he had hired two Americans to assist but they left last year after the lengthy period of sorting out their renewed work permits. Potter told the Minister the permits were held up for nearly a year, and wanted to know if the Labour Department had put a freeze on issuing permits.

In response to his concerns, Hon. Pickering stated, “Mr. Ralph O’Neal would go down in history for making one of the most famous statements, BVI is a place long on rumours and short on facts. I don’t know where it ever came from that this Government not issuing work permits ... that is absolute nonsense.”

Meanwhile, commenting on the problem of persons reluctant to work on Anegada, the Minister admitted it’s a unique situation and promised that he will discuss it with his colleagues to facilitate the process.

The Anegada meeting is the last leg in a series of meetings that was hosted by the Ministry to find out what are the problems residents face in the workforce.

Now the Ministry would have to make some tough decisions.

21 Responses to “Is Anegada too boring to work?”

  • Julio (06/03/2012, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i recall reading an article on this very same news site that anegada can be the mecca of the tourist industry in the bvi. http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/news/anegada-will-become-mecca-of-tourism-land-titles-a-priority-%e2%80%93-dr-hubert-o%e2%80%99neal. after visiting the island for the first time myself, i saw what they were talking about [in the futuristic sense]. anegada has so much potential you won't believe.
  • Valley massive (06/03/2012, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so much island people will be happy to come to anegada to live and work so what is this guy talking bout?
    • ann (06/03/2012, 11:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      goodness now you will see a flow of island people heading to anegada like they did to virgin gorda. Why you all open the pandoora box?
      • sad (06/03/2012, 13:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Believe it or not Virgin Gorda has the same problem. It may not be as bad but employers experience the same thing
  • ausar (06/03/2012, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think if there was transportation to and from Anegada in a timely manner-ie. affordable daily flights in the morning, afternoon and about 9pm-somewhat in a similar manner like the ferry services, perhaps more persons would be willing to do that Anegada thing. To ask persons to live in Anegada without bells and whistles would be rough!
  • Anegada - my island (06/03/2012, 09:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I spent a year working on Anegada some years ago and would like to say that it is the most amazing island to live on. But it is ot easy and not for everyone. The positives: Small community, very friendly, no crime, no noise pollution, laid back, unspoilty, lots of nature to explore, wonderful snorkelling The Negatives: Cost of living is extra high, the cost to get off island for simple things like a doctors appointment is a day long event and very expensive, some (not all) of the employers have no concept of staff relations, it can be a very lonely place, no partying, you can feel very isolated especially in the summer months. Summary: In order to live in Anegada you need to be able to earn a good salary and get off the island regularly for a change of pace.
  • native boy (06/03/2012, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With 6 days of ferry service their should no issues with people lining up to work on anegada
    • jost van dyke massive (06/03/2012, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      waste of $$$$ to have 6 dats service just a way to give Ira some cash!
  • COMMON SENSE (06/03/2012, 11:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I WANT A JOB. IF THE PAY GOOD, I KNOW PPL WILL WORK. OR JUST GET SUM SPANISH GIRLS TO WORK AND THE MEN WILL FOLLOW
    • Play the Player (06/03/2012, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's plian out sad. Are the men that shallow? These men must look but not listen because if they ever heard how these Spanish girls talk about men they should be completely turned off for life. But then, maybe men want to be used for their money and share their sex mate with other men. Maybe they like women who are only there until the dollar runs out. To each his own. Too many players in the BVI, it's about time the players were played.
  • Brap (06/03/2012, 12:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's weird, here's this guy offering jobs locals and a whole bunch of the local owners refuse to give the locals employment. I would definitely go, I look forward to the experience.
    • my two cents (07/03/2012, 05:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Just apply for the work and be willing to move to anegada end of story!
  • icu (06/03/2012, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the pay can cover my rent and expenses I will come. No work permit required.
  • small head (06/03/2012, 17:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People complaining them have no jobs so I find it strange no one wants to work for this guy.
  • Electric SHOCK (06/03/2012, 19:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I live on Anegada for 3 months and I must say it's beautiful but limited in things to do. No gym no clubs, no gurls no nothing but church and seasonal same old bar parties. When I attempted to talk to 'Betsy the Cow' I knew it was time to leave.
  • Yes I (06/03/2012, 20:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is required for Anegada to develop is the government must find air transportation that is affordable for anegadians to come to Tortola and work. That way most Anegadians would invest into their country thereby aiding the developing process. Anegadians would build houses, have businesses to employee people, and even invest in apartments because the demand is needed. We Anegadians always on the mess up end of the stick. Anegada is part of the 9th district. While VG is closer we would also like to be able to work on Tortola and reside at home. How are we to build our country if we dont even have proper transportation to and from it. Always have a bunch of ferries that break down and leave us stranded. They don't want the government to know well here goes both Bobby and Smith leave us stranded several times. Why can i jump on an aircraft during windy periods. Have any official ever ride the boat to Anegada from Nov-Feb when the winds are high. We pay a great price just for transportation and now we have to pay with a representative who should retire and enjoy the fruits of his labor but instead he holding up the post because he can; but dont worry i know is the post that holding he up. Man i am tired of having to feel like we are at the bottom of the bucket. Politicians sometimes just make decisions to say they do something. Let we see what NDP go do this trip for VIP only grease people hand and now that they watching they hand the grease slip all the contracts on the floor and made it null and void. Boy the saga continues on poor Anegadians. Jah help we for nothing aint really coming our way right now. and lord if politicians can not do anything for us atleast afford us the right to live on Anegada and earn a living in the beautiful country we are from
  • Port (06/03/2012, 21:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nobody wants to work for this man and with good reason. He doesn't pay and there are other reasons as well..like what we Tola people would call ' jus wutliss'. So he can just go sit down and shut his wutliss behind.
  • Anegada (07/03/2012, 04:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I live on Anegada so I going straight to see him to see if he realy looking for someone to hire....
  • T-Bone (17/11/2016, 18:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know own this is a few yes old but if anyone is listening........I have looked multiple times for jobs in the Caribbean and found very little. I have been to Anegada I would have easily taken a job there....or anywhere else for that matter. Maybe your ads are not getting out there to people who want to work there? Just food for thought


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