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Will new labour policies see drastic measures?

Labour meeting report is being compiled, policies to follow, says Hon. Pickering
Hon. Pickering held meetings throughout the VI to get residents' feedback on labour related matters. Photo: VINO/file
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A formal report is currently being put together from the labour meetings held throughout the Virgin Islands earlier in the year for Cabinet, revealed Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering, with the next step being to implement the policies.

Speaking briefly to this news agency, Hon. Pickering said the report, which will be given to his colleagues shortly, will be the guide in adapting “some policy positions” in moving forward.

“It is all in an effort to improve the labour situation in the Territory,” he added.

From January 19 to March 5, 2012, Hon. Pickering and his team held meetings that allowed residents to voice their concerns on labour related matters.

Throughout those meetings, the Labour Minister stated that tough decisions will have to be made, and while he did not expound on the remark, the question remains, will there be drastic measures?

According to an article published on, it reported that in light of the ongoing global financial situation and its negative impact on the local labour market, Anguilla’s Executive Council has agreed that a temporary moratorium should be imposed on the issue of new work permits for the following categories of work permits during the period May 1 to December 30, 2012.

The categories included babysitters, cooks, masons, office receptionists, carpenters, labourers, plumbers, photographers, electricians, landscapers, housekeepers, bartenders, domestic helpers, waiters/waitresses, maintenance, tilers, painters, store clerks, videographers, cashiers and spa therapists.

10 Responses to “Will new labour policies see drastic measures?”

  • scape goat (10/05/2012, 08:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when is the labour commssioner retruning?
  • Not2Sure (10/05/2012, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kendrick wants to be very, very careful when imposing new policies at this time. Business confidence is very fragile. He won't be doing anyone any favours if he imposes policies which encourage more businesses in BVI to close, or to relocate some of their functions overseas.
    • Iron Lion (10/05/2012, 12:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly! HE better be careful. Panama want their business back!! For who don't know what I'm talking about, do some research, I'll leave it there for now!
  • critic (10/05/2012, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    its almost 7 months now and he aint make one tough dicision up to yet.....pure old talk
  • critic (10/05/2012, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    instead of toughening the laws, he got rid of the labour commissioner
    • DarkVader (10/05/2012, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She need to be gone long time just like you decision he ever made. Decisions has to be made. Those overseas businesses needs us more than we need them. We cannot continue to allow our people to be put into slavery by some of these overseas slae masters who are employed to run these firms. Imagine, in this day, after our fore-fathers done work and fight to get us freed from slavery, some of our people working in these firms, still in this day have to ask permission to go to the rest room..some of allu need to investigate and understand what some of our people are going through in these firms
    • kenny Rogers (10/05/2012, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      and what tis melee with dem asking police to investigae?? strupppssss
  • Friend (10/05/2012, 15:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These Trust compnies need PROPER RETIREMENT LAWS in place for the locals. Some have workers over 30+years. Get some LAWS in place PICKO. Times are Hard
  • Well Well (11/05/2012, 06:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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