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Policy unit to help Bahamians serve in posts held by foreigners

LABOUR Minister Pia Glover-Rolle. Photo: Moise Amisial

LABOUR Minister Pia Glover-Rolle. Photo: Moise Amisial

By LYNAIRE MUNNINGS

Tribune Staff Reporter

lmunnings@tribunemedia.net

LABOUR and Public Service Minister Pia Glover-Rolle wants to create a policy unit to help qualified Bahamians serve in positions foreigners hold.

During his 2023/24 budget contribution, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said the government would crack down on granting work permits.

“I think with only about eight days in, I’m already looking at how we can implement a policy unit that speaks to the enforcement of our notice of vacancy process,” Ms Glover-Rolle said yesterday.

“That’s ensuring that the Bahamian understudies who are identified are eventually assimilated into roles, to ensure that the positions that are held by foreigners, if there is a capability for future Bahamians to work in those roles, that Bahamians have the fair opportunity to apply and work in those positions. So that’s going to be one of the priorities for me, amongst many others.”

The Department of Labour scrutinises work renewal applications to determine whether qualified Bahamians are willing and available to do the job.

Officials assess whether employers have identified Bahamian understudies to take over from expatriate staff once their work permits expire. They consider how many renewals have been previously granted.

Earlier this year, Labour Director Robert Farquharson said that 40 per cent of the 12,000 work permits issued this year relate to jobs Bahamians can fill.

However, the failure of Bahamians to apply for various jobs contributed to the issuance of work permits.

Comments

SP 5 months, 1 week ago

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! We have heard this same song and dance for DECADES. We are buried with foreign low skilled blue collar workers. Start with them or Please just GO AWAY!

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Dawes 5 months, 1 week ago

Ahh the old bring up you are doing some about Foreigners scam.. Expect this time next year there will be more and this is all talk. I'm fairly sure what this unit is being set up to do is meant to already being done by the Work permit process. So effectively Government is admitting that these departments are not doing their job.

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moncurcool 5 months, 1 week ago

Exactly. You are correct

Why add a department that the director of labor should be able to stop with not issuing a labor certificate. And Immigration simply not issue a permit. Or when the permit is issued, it has a time frame and a name of an understudy must be submitted, and once permit up, no more renewals for any foreigner.

Cayman has it working, why can['t we?

We just like to employ more people to do what someone else is already doing

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FreeportFreddy 5 months, 1 week ago

Maybe a bonus/bounty scheme would work?? You get $x for every foreigner you get fired!!

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DiverBelow 5 months, 1 week ago

What a load of dog shite. Qualified is only the entrance ticket, Productivity & Professionalism are the real criteria, irrelevant of where you come from!! Can the education & job training support such a criteria? That is the reality of any given country, here we prefer to Bitch & Point to Foreigners, from Street sweeper to Doctor. Even to put out a bounty now?

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DWW 5 months, 1 week ago

apolitrix absolutely adores xenophobia

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rosiepi 5 months, 1 week ago

How about hiring more teachers, oh yes and make sure they’re literate!

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