Put our people first! Caller on Speak out BVI
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.