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Labour Dept. must be first place where jobs are advertised- Hon. Pickering

- Employment unit established within Labour Department
An Employment Unit has been established within the Labour Department and the Department is now working on a policy where it must be the first place where jobs are advertised. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. Kedrick Pickerin, seen here making a point at a community meeting in February 2012 said arising out of the series of labour meeting held across the Territory, a new Labour Policy is now in draft form and has been circulated to all members of Government. He expects that early in 2013 the Honourable Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith would be able to announce a new Labour Policy. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. Kedrick Pickerin, seen here making a point at a community meeting in February 2012 said arising out of the series of labour meeting held across the Territory, a new Labour Policy is now in draft form and has been circulated to all members of Government. He expects that early in 2013 the Honourable Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith would be able to announce a new Labour Policy. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Honourable Kedrick Pickering has announced the established of an Employment Unit within the Labour Department and added that the Department is now working on a policy where it must be the first place where jobs are advertised.

Speaking during the budget debate in the House of Assembly on December 17, 2012 Hon. Pickering said the necessity for an Employment Unit within the Department of Labour was recognised and a survey was done to identify the number of persons seeking jobs. He said he was now happy to report that an Employment Unit has been established. “Not just in name but a physical person is in charge of that unit to be able to help those who are actively seeking work.”

Hon. Pickering emphasised that that the Department was now working on a policy which would stipulate that all jobs be firstly advertised at the Department of Labour.

“You and I know the issues surrounding that, you know how some people try to get around the system. We are working diligently to change that because we now have an employment unit within the Department of Labour.”

Less work permit issues

The Minister for Labour also reported that when he took up office just over a year ago he met a ‘myriad’ of problems relating to labour but thanks to some structural changes within the Department, most of the problems have been resolved.

“If I had ten phone calls, Madam Speaker, eight of those were related to labour...there were just a myriad of problems related to Labour...and so, Madam Speaker, we made some decisions to do some structural adjustments and to try and see what best we might be able to fix those problems that existed. A year onward now, Madam Speaker, I am happy to report that if I get ten phone calls now only one will be related to labour.”

Hon Pickering explained that the Labour Department now boasts timely issuing of work permits and that there is now a turnaround time of just under a month, “about 30 days”, for new work permits.

The renewing of work permits, he said, is being done in about 14 days. “If you are self employed and you are sorting out your own labour situation we are turning around those requests within a month.”

Emergency work permits, Hon. Pickering continued, are issued as needed and temporary work permits are basically processed from the time requests are received, “those are processed and certainly they are not taking more than three and four days to be completed.”

It was also said that the Labour Department has taken the “bold step” of doing some structural adjustment “because what we discovered is that, again, people must feel good about themselves when they come to work. The public who is being served will be better served and the service that we are rendering to the public is one that is of a high standard.”

New Labour Policy

Arising out of the series of labour meeting held across the Territory, a new Labour Policy is now in draft form and has been circulated to all members of Government, according to Hon. Pickering.

“We expect that early in 2013 the Honourable Premier [Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith] would be able to announce a new Labour Policy.” 

12 Responses to “Labour Dept. must be first place where jobs are advertised- Hon. Pickering”

  • billyb (18/12/2012, 09:14) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    You think because a physical person is now there, that changes anything????? Struuupeees. The system sucks regardless of what you do. I give up on my country, my appointment as a civil servant and government in the whole. Just pay me on the 15th and 30th, I good. You work your a$$ off with no recognition and they still promote and hire useless people in the service. This place can go to hell for all I care. You can put lipstick on a pig and dress it up real pretty at the end of the day, IT'S STILL A PIG!!! and to the mud it goes when it's all said and done. This system is a catastrophic failure round and round and will continue to be, sorry to say, but it is what it is.
    • Home Gyal (18/12/2012, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lawd NDP supporters unhappy once again. Whereever I turn I hearing the grumble.
    • what (18/12/2012, 21:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What does this have to do with Labour and the issues mentioned in this article???
  • Tour operator (18/12/2012, 11:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to talk to anyone who has had a work permit approved in less than two/three months! I think Dr Pickering is living in 'LaLa' land! It is still the greatest problem anyone operating a high class tourist business requiring skills and qualifications not yet available here has to deal with. With the length of time it takes to even get an answer ( many phone calls later) we loose the people we have offered jobs to. Please realise that you are not making the situation any easier for any of us.
    • tears (18/12/2012, 11:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Pico be nimble
      Pico be quick
      He always have ah excuse in the tick
    • tis true (18/12/2012, 17:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      my work permit was issued in less than three weeks(renewal). no lie
      • Princess (20/12/2012, 15:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yep, i know lots of my friends who renewals were ready in less than 4 weeks!!!!
  • music (18/12/2012, 11:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmmmmm....not sounding to credible
  • Concerned (18/12/2012, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    first of all people coming here with a workpermit and working with different people. Especially Guyanese.
    I still see people jumping from job to job worst than grass sappe. I though Dr. said u cannot change permit you have to leave the B.V.I.
  • Local Business (18/12/2012, 13:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not true Dr. Pickering. You are sadly mis-informed my friend. Please do not make statements that are not factual. I suggest you make your next one of ten phone calls back to Labour Department and find out what is really going on.
  • sayso (18/12/2012, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What sense it makes to waste time and go to labour office to obtain job when we Virgin Islanders are not ‘’fit for’’ according to the Education minister. He out of place degrading our people that way, Jobs has been given to foreigner’s people. That’s the harsh reality most if not all of those JOBS Deputy Premier already given to foreigners who donot even know what the BVI looks like shame, shame, SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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