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VIslanders not wanting to work is a myth- Hon. Christian

-Series of public meetings on labour issues begins on January 19
Hon. Christian says the talk about VIslanders not wanting to work is a myth. Photo: VINO
Dr. Pickering said the Department of Labour is making it easy for young people to access information pertaining to employment. Photo: VINO
Dr. Pickering said the Department of Labour is making it easy for young people to access information pertaining to employment. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “There was a myth in the country that our people don’t want to work but some of the people I have seen come to my office when they look into my face and into my eyes I can see that they really desire to be employed in this country and it is something that makes me want to get up and do something”, were the words of Territorial At Large Representative Archibald Christian on NDP Radio, which was aired last evening Monday January 16, 2012.

The topic at the time was centred on labour issues with specific emphasis on employment, which one of the guests on the programme Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering described as one of the biggest challenges facing the Territory and which Government seeks to address in the immediate and foreseeable future.

According to Dr. Pickering, he has discovered that there are a lot of young people who want to work but don’t necessarily know the process to go about seeking jobs in the particular area that they themselves might want to work.

“So when we look to develop the aspects of labour that is so critical for the development of the country within the Department of Labour, one of the things that we are going to pay special attention to is the employment side of labour because labour has two big sides-there is one that deals with issues surrounding disputes- you have a job and there is a problem related to the job- but there is the other side of the coin where people are looking jobs. That happens to fall under the responsibility of the Department of Labour but we want to redefine it in a way so that area of the Department has a specific remit so that people who are looking jobs will know how to go about inquiring if there are jobs available in a particular field.”

The Deputy Premier also noted that the Minister for Education, Hon. Myron Walwyn, has been doing a registration drive of all unemployed young people in the Territory and that in the not so distant future he will pass that information over to the Department of Labour, along with specific recommendations on how “we could best go forward”.

Another guest on the programme, District 8 Representative Hon. Marlon Penn, opined that training was critical to ensuring the Territory’s young people have the requisite skills to perform the job in the private sector.

Meanwhile, a series of public meetings on labour issues will begin on Thursday January 19, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. at the East End/Long Look Community Centre.

According to Dr. Pickering, there are deep seated issues within the wider Virgin Islands community, which he hopes would be brought to the forefront by persons in attendance.

“With respect to labour, which I think has some of the greatest immediate challenges facing us as a people, we have decided that it is extremely important to have a public dialogue on labour issues. Labour is critical for the overall development of the country, both from the employer and employee standpoint and how best to build a better working environment is critical to development of the country. There are issues on both sides and it would be good to hear from different sides of the spectrum in a non-confrontational environment.”

Hon. Christian added that the public meetings are a good indication that “we are serious about ensuring that our people are employed and that we keep the unemployment numbers down”.

11 Responses to “VIslanders not wanting to work is a myth- Hon. Christian ”

  • billy b (17/01/2012, 07:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it is time to personally visit the different departments and get rid of the employees that aint from here and make space for the graduates
    • @ Billy B (17/01/2012, 09:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I dont really want to stray from the topic at hand, but Billy B it's people like you that in one post claim to be christian but in other posts prove that you are full of hatred and lack understanding that need to be released from whatever work you do or dont do!!!!!! Clearly you are not an employer, nor an employee that understands why the company you work for is in existence. Those that are looking for work need to be given every assistance possible to get work, but not go to the extreme of "ethnic cleansing"
  • for real (17/01/2012, 08:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i like Dr. Pickering he is good people and means well, as for Archie like Myron he needs to go back to Antigua...he he he
    • Tolian Born and Raise (17/01/2012, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ For Real.. hope you never leave the VI and if you do ever travel please make some of the same comments Loud and clear if you so believe in the mess that you just wrote. Yes VIlanders first, but when you invite people to your home you should show them a little respect and on the other hand when people invite you to their home respect their way of life!!!!!!!!!
  • hmm (17/01/2012, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You can start by putting a Freeze on All New Permit Applications in Labour.
    • Jack (19/01/2012, 14:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. It is about time we take back this country. It is very small. It is not like USA.
  • RK (17/01/2012, 16:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Tolian born I second that.
  • CONCERN (17/01/2012, 16:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a lot people here on permit that's not working. There is a lot of people here that buy there permit. There is alot of permit that need to be cancelled out for local can do the work. I went to a restaurant to eat and i see only Guyanese working and i know local can do the job and better. Tortola is the first place i see people changing job like its going out of style but there on permit.I also see people on permit demanding renewal and change of permit. Only in B.V.I. this could happen. The people need to know permit is for 1 year only and its not automatic renew it can be denied.
    • Jack (19/01/2012, 14:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good advice. Dr. Pickering, please do something. We are taking back our country.
  • round rock (17/01/2012, 17:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I Born here and proud and tis not an attitude It's a big fact so ayo tek that!!!. Expats and whites will always prefer to hire expats and whites, it's only natural and happen all the ayo talk dat!!!!
  • deck 4 (17/01/2012, 21:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    church out

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