Bermuda MP blasts ‘criminal’ work conditions

| 23/08/2010

(The Royal Gazette): Construction workers say their industry no longer offers a lifeline to Bermudian men who can’t read or write. They claim locals are being priced out of jobs by an influx of non-Bermudians prepared to live and work in extremely poor conditions, for very little pay. And according to Pembroke MP Ashfield DeVent, many people believe the unions should have done more to confront the issue and protect workers. One construction worker, who has been in the industry more than 20 years, told The Royal Gazette he has been unable to find work since April. The man said he used to earn $45 an hour as a self-employed worker, and an average worker would get around $30 an hour.

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  1. Need for Change says:

    Cayman is now rowing the same boat! My husband was out of work for two years, each time he applied for jobs he was passed over for someone willing to work for peanuts and send their monies home! AND THAT IS ONE MAN THAT IS NOT LAZY, so dont even bring that argument around me! I wonder what is Mr. "C" cut going to be from that cruise berthing facility??? What happened to the genuine caring Caymanians, has money rotted their way of thinking? Oh yes must be so, as the Bible says, "Money is the root of all evil" and what is happening here is pure Evil.

  2. rich says:

    I think CNS is blowing news like this out of proportion!  Many of these people are lazy that is why they are making little and have nothing to offer for their country. Nikki, what about the great things these wealthy investors and well-off people are doing for the Cayman Islands???

    CNS: The article is from the Royal Gazette and is about Bermuda.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you think it is great that we can drive by the Camana Bay project, look at the overseas construction workers living in trailers on site who cannot afford to live elsewhere with the wages they are being paid, and think how much better off we are than them?

      • Don't worry I wont stay says:

        Are construction workers seriously living in trailers on the Camana Bay job site? 

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t know if the offer is still open, but back in July 2008 you could have gone and seen for yourself.

          This is not the fault of Dart as this is a genuine Caymanian company that is holding their permits, and the "C" in GMC is none other than our own Junior Minister from West Bay who is of course leading the negotiations with Dart on Government’s behalf for the cruise ship pier.

          • Anonymous says:

            If you think this is surprising news, just wait until the Shetty project starts and you see the size of the man camps!