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YCCS sacks locals on Virgin Gorda

- approximately eight Virgin Islanders sent home, to seek Labour Dept. recourse
Approximately eight employees of YCCS were handed termination letters similar to this one. All the employees were Virgin Islanders. Photo: Provided
The other employees who were handed letters to report back to work after the closed season, are all alleged to be expatriates. Photo: Provided
The other employees who were handed letters to report back to work after the closed season, are all alleged to be expatriates. Photo: Provided
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Approximately eight Virgin Islanders employed at Osprey Marine Management/ Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) on Virgin Gorda are back on the job market effective today August 1, 2017 as the company closes for off-season and they were handed letters of termination.

“Today is the last business working day, and some of the locals yesterday got a letter saying that they no longer require our services when they reopen for the new season but everyone else who is on permit they got a letter saying when they should be coming back for the new season,” one of the aggrieved locals told this news site in an exclusive interview yesterday July 31, 2017. She was echoed by several others who are among the eight (8) to be permanently sent home. “This is because they want to hire more expat and people on work permit after letting locals go.”

The termination letters captioned “Closure of 2016/2017 season” states in full, “As the 2016/2017 season ends I would like to inform you that the company will be closed to the public on 31st July, 2017. I would also like to thank you for the services you provided to Osprey Marine Management Limited (OMM) during your tenure with us. However, an executive decision was made and your services will no longer be required after 31st July, 2017. In addition, you are required to turn over all property belonging to the company.” This letter was signed by the Operation Manager, Mr Dario Cruciani.

In a similarly fashioned letter, others were served to return on November 1, 2017 when the company reopens for the 2017/2018 season.

Preference to expatriates

Asked what were the reasons they felt they were given letters of marching order, one of the spokespersons for the group said, “I guess because we locals, they can’t have us like yoyos and pardon my French ‘Jackasses’ and unfairness and a whole set of stuff.”

They also alleged ills on the part of the Operations Manager Mr Dario Cruciani, “The operations manager Dario is here picking up for the Italians, he picks the Italians over the locals. Most of them, about five or six of them are going to remain but some have decided to go home and not return.”

There were also allegations against a YCCS Supervisor who they said was outrightly very rude to members of staff and also chased away guests among other things.

Attempts were made to contact both Mr. Cruciani and the Supervisor, but were futile up to publication time.

The eight persons are planning to be at the steps of the Labour Department today August 1, 2017 to seek recourse.

Those sent home were on probation and were all first-time employees with the entity.

YCCS closed in June 2016, sending home 26 workers at the time and after reopening on March 1, 2017, the staff complement went from 26 to 46, including some employees who were laid off back in June.


29 Responses to “YCCS sacks locals on Virgin Gorda”

  • Yes (01/08/2017, 07:26) Like (72) Dislike (15) Reply
    Now publish the real facts. Were they good employees? What was attendance like? Any warnings ? Need all the facts to know if this story has merit
    • You for Real? (01/08/2017, 14:32) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      Let me publish the real facts. Were they good employees? "Of course, the best that this company has ever see." What was attendance like? "Alway on time because there's only one way for the employees to get to work and that's by boat."Any warnings?"NONE!!!" Hope you have the facts now to know if this story has merit. ✌️
    • No Worries (01/08/2017, 15:08) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yes they were good workers and does things that are not in their job description, and what they are suppose to do they were not allowed. They were no warning given and yes evaluation meeting was given amd all pass the evaluation test.
  • Ridiculous (01/08/2017, 07:40) Like (24) Dislike (19) Reply
    These Marinas and hotels do stuff like this ALL the time. They advertise the job when they have expats, there White counterparts already for the job. I believe them about the rudeness Supervisor, those botique hotels have Supervisors and managers from hell who prefer there own and treat and speak to the locals like trash! LABOR DEPT GET A BACKBONE AND INVESTIGATE THESE THINGS, STOP TURNING YOUR BACK AND PRETEND LIKE THEY'RE NOT HAPPENING.
    • John (01/08/2017, 16:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      This don't sound right. I hope YCCS contacted the Department of Labour prior to doing this.
  • i from here (01/08/2017, 07:56) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Do not go to the ndp for any help
  • voter (01/08/2017, 08:09) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    A snap election must be around the conner
  • wake (01/08/2017, 08:20) Like (41) Dislike (4) Reply
    Being from here doesnt cut it anymore. Yes infairness at times but you all going to tell me that all that is happening lately is unfair and coincidence? Ask any local business person the hell they go through trying to recruit locally even for the simplest positions. Whoever think bringing people in on permits is fun or cheap, think again. Some companiea have no choice. Lets stop the senseless us vs them and attack the root of the problem. Our people need help and now!
  • Concerned (01/08/2017, 08:35) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the BVIslanders realize that expats WANT the jobs and they just take the jobs to get the checks and bene's that result, maybe they will keep jobs longer. Any person going into businesses can soon tell who is there to get paid & who really cares about their job. If the company is releasing these people for cause (as I suspect), they should be able to prove it in front of a FAIR labor hearing.
  • Luiji (01/08/2017, 08:58) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Cruciani sounds like a FAMILY know what I mean.
  • STOPIT! (01/08/2017, 09:03) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    Yes, some Virgin Islanders have bad attitudes, but the majority of these cases, the Expats employers are treating black people like trash. I told people a long time ago, racism has not left these people. We are again slaves with outstretched arms asking for a job. What about having the business to employ someone else. We have to change the mindset that all we go to school to do is to look a job. Go to school to create your own job. It is time Labour Department start looking out for locals more and Trade setting conditions on some of these trade licenses.
    • You STOP IT! (01/08/2017, 14:54) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply

      Some people view racism as a white manager or owner telling a black local to stop $$$$ around and work, that is not racism it's people doing their jobs. The entitlement mentality will kill our local people so continue. Look around and see how many Asians are coming in while you continue to bicker. Businesses are running tighter ships and demand productivity. Keep complaining and see how far it will get you. What do you want labour to do? Labour is staffed with typical civil servants, none are qualified or understand what real business calls for. Furthermore, nobody will invest in a business where labour tells them who they can hire, never! The fact is majority of locals that work their ass off still have their job or own their own business, check the data, check the facts.

      • indeed (01/08/2017, 17:07) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        I have to agree with you. Sense of entitlement these locals. Become entrepreneurial. Think outside the box. Don't come up thinking that you need to be employed. Create your own employment. And if someone employs you, pull your weight. Don't just clock in to eat breakfast and lunch, surf the net all day on the company's time and collect a pay check. Business is business. All that really matters at the end of the day is the bottom line. If you are not adding value to that bottom line, you are taking up space and will be one of those collecting a letter indicating that you will not be coming back. Simple as that.
  • jokes (01/08/2017, 09:12) Like (43) Dislike (5) Reply
    YCCS is a branch off the Italy Marina so why is the surprise that they may want more Italians. Locals should stop investing in weave, phones, fast boats and sharp cars and instead invest in their future. Stop complaining about salaries and start building wealth! When will we ever learn?
    • John (01/08/2017, 10:48) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply

      You beating a dead horse. These people dont get it.

    • Subjects (02/08/2017, 18:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Education Department has a job to ensure that our people are educated with the right tools to help give them a good start. So first is History of our People; Second is how to keep wealth in the neighbourhood for 10 years; next how to build great business; how to have wealth for your children's children. Come on Education, Wheel and Come back again.
  • SORT OUT (01/08/2017, 09:23) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Stop giving out so many work permits. Because yuh bahn here dont mean nuttin. You still have to put in the work
  • Brakes (01/08/2017, 10:02) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply

    Labour department needs to put a hold on issuing work permits for certain jobs. The market is over saturated

  • ccc (01/08/2017, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whats new ?
  • To much nonsense (01/08/2017, 10:30) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply

    To be honest the place is in need of better management and structuring. We could only hope the Prince and princess step in and see what's becoming of their place, because honestly I don't see yccs being operational for much longer. Advise to anyone looking for employment to be very cautious or seek employment elsewhere.
    Right now they havea bar being open serving alcohol with no liquor license, Government need to step in on this matter ASAP.

  • Tommy (01/08/2017, 12:40) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    That is what the BVI has come to I am afraid. When they don't terminate locals they make their lives on the job a living hell to force them to leave. We need to take a stance like Noel Lloyd with a bore stick in his hand because there is no one looking out for locals. As one minister has already declared they cannot write laws to protect us anymore. I guess it is up to us to take matters in our own hands.
    • Let (01/08/2017, 14:10) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

      freedom of speech be in motion here.... If there are locals that own or have shares in that business establishment, they need to immediately step up and correct that problem, putting it mildly. The interest and livelihood of children, families and country are at stake here if those kinds of practices are allowed to take seed, germinate, grow and fester. That is their business, but this is our country. Must be have rights to fair and gainful employment, and to be treated fairly and respectfully in our home. If not, then we must be willing to see the back of businesses which are incapable of living up to those ideals, period!

    • Exactly (01/08/2017, 14:49) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      I assume taking it into your own hands means teaching our youth the value of learning a skill and working at it. Too many from here seem to think that a job is showing up (not even on time) and waiting until pay day. That's why many local businesses don't want to hire people from here.
  • wize up (01/08/2017, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what is new
  • concern (01/08/2017, 13:27) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply

    Most of these employees are trained and hard working, coming from Rosewood Hotels, Little Dix Bay with years of experience and knowledge. The Italians treated the staffs with no respect. the Italian can do whatever they want and get away with it with the Manager. One manager lost the company over $60,000.00 dollars, and they sweep it under the rug because he is an Italian. Since then he loose another set of money and he still have his job. The local employees did nothing wrong except that they did their jobs and did it well. Imagine the property closing and they still interviewing persons from the Dominican Republic for the season. this is not right. This kind of behavior need to stop in this country. The rude supervisor she had over stayed her time here, she need to be band from the BVIs totally.

  • it (01/08/2017, 13:56) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply

    is hoped that our elected officials [the current ruling party]will become directly involved in this matter in a visible manner,resolve it to and in the interest of their people, and then enact firm enforceable guidelines that will protect the people from such blatant human abuse.

    This kind of development is a clear indication that our people are not being protected by our government, past or present, given the current existing laws, enforcement of them and penalties for the abrogation of them.

    In matters such as these and human rights in general, if government does not protect it people from such abuses, who can they expect to protect them?

    We call on the NDP, whom we love and support, to get involved and resolve this issue immediately for the current and future interest of the people.

  • Bless child (01/08/2017, 16:06) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    I agree most of them came from Rosewood but take it or not most of them attitude are not good, trust me I can attest this. British Virgin Islanders please change your attitude or else you may get left behind.
  • lmao (01/08/2017, 16:30) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    These workers never run to VINO when they're wrong but as soon as they get a letter they're running to VINO. VINO can't do anything about that, that's business, suck it up and move on. As long as they pay you what they owe you per contractual agreement and BVI Law pack it in and find another cash cow.
  • qc (01/08/2017, 23:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get these goons out of the House!

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