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Modern day slavery! People working 3 months without pay- Hon Fraser

- threatens to call names of culpable employers in HoA
Describing the issue as modern day slavery, Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA has said there are employers in the territory who are taking unreasonably long periods to pay their employers, as long as three months in known cases. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has warned employers in the Virgin Islands who take an unreasonably long time to pay their employees that he will get substantial proof, including checking with National Health Insurance (NHI) or Social Security, before exposing them publicly. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has warned employers in the Virgin Islands who take an unreasonably long time to pay their employees that he will get substantial proof, including checking with National Health Insurance (NHI) or Social Security, before exposing them publicly. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Describing the issue as modern day slavery, Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA has said there are employers in the territory who are taking unreasonably long periods to pay their employees, as long as three months in known cases.

Speaking during the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday July 25, 2019, Hon Fraser said he has been approached on two occasions by the same party of this happening to them twice.

“There are people who are employed in this territory, and for three months, in stances, their employer not paying them, three months, it goes that far….When they came the first time they probably made a little noise and got their money, the second time is now.

“Then another person came to me with the same issue with a different employer, working for three months without being paid.”

Hon Fraser added he is aware of other people who work and don’t get paid.

“I consider this to be unacceptable, Mr Speaker, and I want to send a message to those folks who are doing it, that the next time I come here and got to talk about it I am going to call names.”

Hon Fraser warned culpable employers that he will get substantial proof, including checking with National Health Insurance (NHI) or Social Security, before exposing them publicly.

“This Virgin Islands is not the place for that,” Hon Fraser chided.

11 Responses to “Modern day slavery! People working 3 months without pay- Hon Fraser”

  • musa (26/07/2019, 19:41) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    long time workers work without pay
  • asking for a friend (26/07/2019, 21:58) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    Why he wants to call names?
  • Quiet Rebel (26/07/2019, 22:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Murder! Luk advantage! These people have no shame and no conscience. How can you wux people and don’t pay them? How are they supposed to meet they and their family needs. When government wuk people and don’t pay them for months, they are using to fund government operations. Similarly, when private employers wuk people and don’t pay them, they are using them to fund their business operations.
  • ... (27/07/2019, 05:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    After them two hurricanes anything goes
  • musa (27/07/2019, 06:45) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    hon fraser we get you cover next leader
  • Hmm (27/07/2019, 07:34) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ppl work for 6.00 an hour! N the BVI is expensive! Idk how ppl can even survive in this place!!
  • Patriotic (27/07/2019, 17:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    MORE WORRYING IS THAT SOME CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IS DEDUCTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND NHI FROM THEIR EMPLOYEES AND NEVER ACTUALLY MAKE ANY CONTRIBUTION TO THESE RESPECTIVE ENTITY . THESE PEOPLE NEED TO BE DEALT WITH THE FULL FORCE OR THE LAW,NOT ONLY GREED , ITS THEFT.
  • Defaulters (28/07/2019, 09:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its not just construction businesses. Most trade licences issue to Belongers. All should have to provide certificates of good standing from Inland Revenue, SSB and NHI to get their trade licence or FSC licences renewed.
  • Webster (28/07/2019, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seriously, Hon. Fraser, if the employers have not paid actual salaries for three months, do you think they would have paid NHI and Social Security? Based on what? You can save your time because without even checking, for sure, no contributions were paid on behalf of these employees. So, call names in the House (if you dare).


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