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Put our people first! Caller on Speak out BVI

-says change the VI needs will not come from expanding airport and cruise ship dock
Overhead view of a section of East End: According to a caller on the Speak out BVI radio show on February 5, 2013 the unemployment rate among Virgin Islanders is up and locals owning businesses seem to be on the downward trend. He said where people are able and qualified they must be get work or encouraged to start their own businesses. Photo: VINO/File
The change the VI needs will not come from expanding the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport among other ambitious projects, was the strong view of a caller to the Speak out BVI show on February 5, 2013. The caller felt that Government must put the people above all interests. Photo: VINO/File
The change the VI needs will not come from expanding the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport among other ambitious projects, was the strong view of a caller to the Speak out BVI show on February 5, 2013. The caller felt that Government must put the people above all interests. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “The change that we need here is not going to come from expanding the airport or expanding the cruise ship dock or getting big mega yacht marinas or high-end tourism, it’s going to come by embracing our people, to actually begin to put our people first, and not in any discriminatory way,” were the words of a caller on the Speak Out BVI show last evening, February 5, 2013.

According to the caller, the unemployment rate among Virgin Islanders is up and locals owning businesses seem to be on the downward trend. He said where people are able and qualified they must be get work or encouraged to start their own businesses.

“For the last 40 years if you look at the statistics, our people are down in employment, they are down in business ownership, they are nowhere to be found, this is what we need to concentrate on. Let us stop talking so much and get into action because we if don’t start, in the next ten years we will be totally obliterated from this place, that is my feeling,” the caller told host of the show, Douglas Wheatley.

The same caller also accused the big corporations in the Territory of not investing in training of local staff but rather only looking to import more workers. He claimed that he recently saw an ad asking for waitresses with European service experience. “This is the Virgin Islands. Who are we? What are we?”

Meanwhile, the caller clarified that he wasn’t saying that the Territory didn’t need an expanded airport and dock but “above all we need to get our people up there.”

"If it’s not really benefitting our people then we shouldn’t really be thinking about it," he stated.

Issues with LIAT

Earlier, a caller had complained about the service of regional air carrier LIAT alleging that there is a constant problem of passengers luggage being misplaced and delayed and appealed to Government to look in to it.

Another caller agreed that the issue of LIAT’s passengers luggage being left behind or misplaced was an issue that needed addressing but said that Government should do all in its power to keep LIAT and not make the mistake like what was made to Air BVI, where it was allowed to come out of service.

17 Responses to “Put our people first! Caller on Speak out BVI”

  • Rima (06/02/2013, 09:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good points on the subject made by the caller cited above. We need to embrace our people for what they can and are willing to contribute, not just to look for ways of using them and just casting them aside at the first opportunity, whether qualified or not.
    • under the bus (06/02/2013, 12:38) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      It's quite amazing that you don't choke on those words
      • Huhhh (07/02/2013, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        explain yourself, if no one understands what you are trying to say your intellingence is lost in the wind
  • nonsense (06/02/2013, 10:12) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply

    The caller is talking crap! Over the past 40yrs instead of focusing on growing businesses, BVIslanders got comfort in being landlords of both residential apartments/housing and the commercial buildings all through town. Who needs to work when you can build and get paid? Who requests the most permits at Labour yearly, aren't they BVIslanders? Come on cut the sh!+ out. We own everything around here. Even if we are not hired at a business, we own the property that they operate in and the apartments/houses which they live in. Ya'll complain about everything. Put what first. We decided a long time ago that certain jobs are beneath us and we will refuse to do them. So people must be brought in. Now hard times hit they want to lay blame all over the place because we weren't paying attention. The person is a fool to say developing the country won't change anything when in fact teh reason we are facing these times is because the place has been stagnated for the last 20yrs and being left behind in the industries that bring the jobs and cash in. In one breath they are saying unemployment is a problem and in the same breath saying bringing new opportunities won't change it. Set of idiots we have in this place sitting back and blame blame blame.

    • Well meh boy (06/02/2013, 11:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agreed! Firstly, there are many big companies here that do hire lots of Virgin Islanders and treat them in high regard and train them, he need only to look around. Its actually many of the local business owners that refuse to employ locals, I mean look at the staffing at One Mart, Bobbies, One Stop Mall and Dolphin Discovery.
      Also, since when has it been the responsibility of the companies to "train people" that's what the college is for! The responsibility of the companies is solely to pay taxes and abide by the labour code as much as possible.
      Secondly, we do not have. Also he has chosen to forget that many of us Virgin Islanders leave the VI to go and live in the USA and UK because we can't stand the corruption and ignorance that goes on down here.
      • jj (06/02/2013, 12:42) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
        Yeah, and the dog ate my homework.
      • nonsense (06/02/2013, 13:04) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Exactly! It's good corporate responsibility to train people but it's not a requirement. Why should they train BVIslanders when they are treated like HOGS at Labour and Immigration? WHY??? Why should a man investing $5mil in the BVI give a crap if they are treated like a floor mat? People don't think about these things. We can beat all around the bush but the bottom line is opportunity and money. There is no getting around it. Since BVIslanders don't make anything except confusion, then it means money and opportunity must come from outside. That's not rocket science. You cannot expect people to invest their hard earned money here, take risks but then you demanding what they should and shouldn't do. We have laws in place and as long as they're abiding by them and paying their fair share, anything over and above is discretionary. Not too long ago it was the job of parents and guardians to train their kids and young adults, not Government and corporations. Everything is someone else fault and never our own. The fact is we have been spoiled for too long and now it's low tide everybody scrambling for clothes and towel. If the attitudes here don't change, God be for you all!! Look around and tell me apart from putting buildings all through the place and hiring a set of cheap labor from overseas, what do the local RICH PEOPLE give back to this Territory? IF it weren't for expats this country would die a long time ago. They are the ones shopping in the Supermarkets and local restaurants, they are the ones supporting Music Fest, Festival (Aug) and so on. Don't take my word for it, look around. I'm sick of hearing my people complain. Look at the big picture, see where you fit in and take your best shot. Sitting on the sidelines balling for Government to intervene in everything is not the answer. Come to the table with something meaningful, talk is CHEAP!
    • ------------ (06/02/2013, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you want the truth!!
      You CAN'T handle the Truth!! Damn.. always wanted to use that saying online..
  • Push education (06/02/2013, 10:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Push education, training and Laws!!!!!!!

    Think traveling to a region of the world means that is the experience being sort and interacting with the people from there would be important to the experience. This seem like a serious attempt to undermine...Wasn't this the type of behavior that drove those people in st croix to commit that act that still affects that island tourism to this day.
  • eat cake (06/02/2013, 12:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It just doesn't make sense....
  • critic (06/02/2013, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    we miss the hand outs from vip das the real story please lets get them back i miss welfare.
  • ReX FeRal (06/02/2013, 16:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These peeps running the country are putting greed over the interest of the people and they aare going to bring themselves, their familiea and uor people to shame.
  • vvvv (06/02/2013, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's see how this pans out.
  • Liat 521 (06/02/2013, 20:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Smith and the NDP GOVT MUST GO

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