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Pastor prays for employers to treat employees fairly, paying NHI, SS dues

- Pastor Calvin K. Mills prayed that employers will cease oppressing those who work for them
Pastor of the Church of God of Holiness Calvin K. Mills has beseeched God to enable employers to treat their employees fairly and pay their Social Security and National Health Insurance dues. Photo: Facebook
The service on Sunday, September 19, 2021, for the start of the week of prayer, was streamed live on social media. Photo: Facebook
The service on Sunday, September 19, 2021, for the start of the week of prayer, was streamed live on social media. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Pastor of the Church of God of Holiness Calvin K. Mills has beseeched God to enable employers to treat their employees fairly and pay their Social Security and National Health Insurance dues.

Pastor Mills offered the prayer on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at the start of the week of prayer, which was streamed live on social media.

Every since the government mandated that evidence of payments to Social Security, Inland Revenue and National Health Insurance (NHI) be shown before work permits can be approved, it has revealed that many employers are not paying in the contributions even though they are making deductions from employees.

This has resulted in some employees being denied work permits and having to leave the territory.

“We want you to forgive us, our oppression of strangers, within our lands as well as our very own people, for being merciless when we could have and should have been merciful. Help us to turn the righteous requirements of your word and practice them. Lord, by thine all-sufficient grace, help us to wash ourselves from wickedness and cleanse our hands from iniquity. Let it be our steadfast resolve to quit our evil ways, to learn to do good, to be fair and to help the poor, the fatherless and the widows,” Pastor Mills said.

Treat employees fairly

Pastor Mills continued to pray, this time for employees to be treated well.

“We decree and declare that our employers will cease oppressing those who work for them and will endeavour to treat them fairly; granting them their just dues. Grant our employers grace to right their wrongs by paying up the Social Security, the National Health Insurance funds which have been retracted from the salary of their employees so that their employees would be able to reap their benefits when they are in need of them. On the other hand, lord, we pray that employees would repent of unfair day’s work, sowing discord among workers. They would repent about theft and corrupt dealings known or unknown to their employers.”

Cleanse us

The man of the cloth urged God to move the territory to repentance.

“We have been repeatedly called to repentance; help us to repent now and save ourselves the regret of being suddenly caught out without the remedy. Let there be tears for the wrong things we have done, along with the expression of sorrow and sincere grief. Create in us clean hearts and fill us with clean thoughts and holy desires; restore us to the joy of your salvation and make us willing to obey you.”

Pastor of the New Testament Church of God International Worship Center Ishmael P. Charles, and Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and his government also offered prayers of repentance.

19 Responses to “Pastor prays for employers to treat employees fairly, paying NHI, SS dues”

  • better idea (20/09/2021, 07:56) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Either a. pray to an unaccountable, unproved deity or b. demand enforcement and accountability from humans on earth who we know exist and can be made to change their actions.

    I know which course of action I prefer...
  • tri-party opposition (20/09/2021, 08:06) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    Prayers cant help to re-elect the VIP
  • pray (20/09/2021, 08:24) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Pastor Calvin K. Mills can you please pray that the BVI Government will also cease their oppressive treatment
    • Ms. Smith (20/09/2021, 10:26) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      @Pray...Your Country has fixed laws to protect its people..... Why cant the BVI has laws likewise?
  • Nationhood (20/09/2021, 08:32) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    And all God's people say AMEN.
  • Pray for Integrity (20/09/2021, 09:12) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    The business owners who are in arrears and have been engaged in this illegal and unscrupulous behavior should not be allowed to renew trade licenses but govt seems to not have the stomach for this level of enforcement as it impacts voters. It’s easier to pin the problem on those who have no voice, the employees. If you want to pray, pray for some integrity in government.
    • Wellsah (20/09/2021, 17:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

      Let us agree that the system was outdated and vulnerable to abuses and riffed with all kinds of illegal activity. There are the local abuses, the down island expat abuses and yes, the white expat abuses that we have been more than aware of for a very long time. It was the great disasters of hurricane Irma and Covid that really exposed the problems, and where acknowledgment has been accepted that there is a problem, no one had any idea of just how deep and wide the problem is. What we know is that this country cannot progress with this issue not fixed. So, do we start the process of fixing it or just sit back with our heads in the sand and carry on?
      The expats are crying foul because their cheating employers haven't been doing their due diligence and they can't receive their good standing certificates but it also means that the employer would never be able to hire another person who would need a work permit until all the outstanding were up to date. This puts any business that is solely dependent on expat employees in a very precarious position. Doing it the way it is being done presently at least gives the business time and an opportunity to get things in order so that the employee actually continues to have a place of employment. To demand good standing for trade license renewal at this time would result in a greater number of expats losing employment because as I stated earlier the problem is much deeper and wider than anyone could imagine and a large number of businesses would have no choice but to shut their doors.

      The truth of the matter is some of these businesses should have been closed already but we are a proud people and rightly so. We find it difficult to give up on something that we have put blood, sweat and tears, heart and soul and all kind of sacrifices to create because it looks like failure. We need to understand that failure is not a bad thing but being able to recognize when it is time to get out is predominate on the success of starting over.

      This is a time where all employers and employees should be re-evaluating the state of their businesses and their employment. The world after Covid is different and we must be prepared for a better and more efficient business model going forward.
  • THE DEVIL (20/09/2021, 09:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Hmm (20/09/2021, 09:21) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    That was not all he prayed... he also prayed that employees would be fair in their dealings as well and be honest in that.
  • Cry Blood (20/09/2021, 10:21) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only the Government and Social Security can fix this Problem, Social security has the power to take employers to court and Govt should ensure that happens, instead of picking on a few to prosecute and leave the big names and their friends who is going to offer them gifts..
  • SAY A PRAYE (20/09/2021, 10:25) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Guest (20/09/2021, 11:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do employees know they can sue their employers if they don’t pay and it adversely affects them when they seek to utilize NHI for their healthcare and are told they can’t. Because their employer did not pay?? Lawyer up people stop playing games with these employees, the one thing they understand is money so send them to the pauper house. Find a lawyer that would be willing to forgo payment for a share of the award……
    • RedStorm (21/09/2021, 18:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ guest,
      Many employees do not know they have the power to sue their employers, some soft hearted men in the construction industries has just leave the island, then realized that not only could they get what they were owed in inland revenue, S/S and NHI, but they could sue for the pain and suffering they endure at the hand of the employers dishonesty. And for future impact on their lives. I hated when a man don't fight legally for just cause, this is what cause evil to spread. It got a man who own a construction business over seventeen of his employees is still owed more that six months of money, and no one has done nothing. When God solve problems it is well solved.
  • Imperfect servant of the Most High God (20/09/2021, 11:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks Pastor Calvin K. Mills for interceding to God on our behalf in reference to the NHI problem that shows openly the magnitude of greed has been, and is currently being a plaque against, especially the poor-income, people of this that live in this country, B.V.I May God continue to bless your and others faithful, genuine prayers for true repentance.
    However, no amount of prayer will be able to solved the NHI problem in this country, caused by the county's employers, and on a lesser scale, some imployees. Also not to be overlooked, some very greedy Pastors posing as servants of God righteousness in the Christian Counsel Organisation, and not, and political leaders pretenders, that probably drip a few Crocodile's tears for deception purposes.
    If we, who have made claim that that Jesus is our Saviour and Lord, would take a closer look at John 17, and fully understand Jesus' prayer, and obey His leading, our prayers for most of our personal, and neighbors problems will speedily be answered positively by God our Creator and true spiritual Father of righteousness. Pastor Calvin K. Mills, continue watching and praying.

    (Note: The prayer that Jesus prayed, that has been recorded in the Bible Book of St. John 17 is the top prayer that is biblically recorded. Why is it? Because it is the summary reason of why we need to pray. Any other reason less, our prayers are void of true faith in God.

  • Mark of the Beast (20/09/2021, 11:54) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why up to this day that not one pastor in the bvi have stand up against this wrongfull act thats taken place. Is it because they decieved us for 30 pecies of silver?(stimulus) Did the devil tied your tongue? If you cant preach the truth you need to stop it.
  • enough (20/09/2021, 12:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Employees need to stop trying to trick the system. Making deals with their Permit Holder to let them work independent an they will pay their own SSB and NHI and then they don't pay it. Do the research how many of the businesses have real work for the people they have on work permit. Both sides doing piss.
  • An abuse of prayer (20/09/2021, 14:39) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is not what prayer is to be used for. The law needs to deal with the dishonesty of employers. Render to God the things that are God's and to Caesar the things that are Caesar's. Stop trying to serve God and mammon. Too many untrained pastors talking foolishness in the territory.
  • WOW (20/09/2021, 18:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too many men of God are men of In God We Trust.

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