Overseas programme hits a snag

Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo
Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo

Barbados’ Overseas Employment Programme has hit a snag following the recent decision by the Canadian Government to temporarily suspend work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMO).

The LMO facilitated the participation of hospitality and other workers in the Canadian Temporary Foreign Workers’ Programme.

Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said while the action had not affected the Canadian Farm Labour Programme, it was impeding the supply of Barbadian hotel workers to two Canadian hotels – the Taboo Resort and Spa and the J W Marriott.

The Government of Barbados, as we speak, is lobbying the Government of Canada in order to have this moratorium lifted so that our hotel workers can hopefully be able to participate in the Low-Skilled Programme in time for the annual recruitment drive later this year,” she said.

We are hopeful that the recruiters will be able to re-activate their annual visits so that we can have our workers participating in the hospitality programme this winter season.”

The minister was speaking during the opening ceremony of the Barbados Workers’ Union’s 73rd Annual Delegates’ Conference where she also announced that consultations would soon start on the Employment Rights Act, which was proclaimed last year.

We have realised that there are some challenges with the interpretation of some parts of it. With any legislation, there is a need at times to revisit that legislation in order to correct any deficiencies or to include certain provisions in order to ensure that the letter of the law reflects the spirit of the law,” she noted.

These only tend to come to the fore after the law is put into effect and such is the case now. The ministry will therefore be inviting submissions and then consultations on any amendments deemed necessary to the Employment Right’s Act.”

3 Responses to Overseas programme hits a snag

  1. Sanderson Rowe August 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    We have beaten the Canadians to it. Barbados’s domestic employment programme has hit a snag long ago.

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  2. Tony Webster August 31, 2014 at 5:44 am

    @Sanderson: Nice chongue-in-teek. Tek bow.

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  3. Tony Waterman August 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Canada::”””Ottawa, Ontario, April 29, 2013″”” The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, today announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

    Barbados::”””Added by Carol Williams on August 30, 2014.””” Barbados’ Overseas Employment Programme has hit a snag following the recent decision by the Canadian Government to temporarily suspend work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMO).
    The LMO facilitated the participation of hospitality and other workers in the Canadian Temporary Foreign Workers’ Programme.

    Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said while the action has not affected the Canadian Farm Labour Programme, it is impeding the supply of Barbadian hotel workers to two Canadian hotels – the Taboo Resort and Spa and the J W Marriott.

    Pardon Me if i am wrong!!! but the Canadian Government took action against those who were deemed to be ABUSING the TFWP Approx. 16 Months ago, (Ottawa, Ontario, April 29, 2013) so why is it that we are now being told of Difficulties with that said Canadian TFWP at this speech to the BWU 73rd Annual Delegates’ Conference in August 2014?
    Is there an excuse being made NOW for something that is coming down the pipeline that we dont know of at this time ??? otherwise, why was this not a topic for discussion at least a Year ago, and why are they only NOW lobbying the Government of Canada in order to have this moratorium lifted so that our hotel workers can hopefully be able to participate in the Low-Skilled Programme in time for the annual recruitment drive later this year,”
    my understanding of the problems with the TWFP and LMO’s, was that it was not everyone who hires TFW’s, it was with a particular few Companies in the “”FAST FOOD INDUSTRY”” Mostly In Western Canada (BC) Close to the Pacific Rim.
    Here is a List of those Companies involved in the Shake up:
    Employers who have broken the rules or been suspended from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

    Employers, whose name and address appear on this list have had a labour market opinion (LMO) revoked or suspended:
    Date Business Name Legal Name Address *Rationale Penalty
    June 2, 2014 Parvaz Film Corporation Parvaz Film Corporation 22365 Lougheed Hwy,
    Maple Ridge, BC
    V2X 2T3 D LMO suspended
    April 6, 2014 The Boathouse Restaurant The Boathouse Restaurant 16 Oriole Rd,
    Fenelon Falls, ON
    K0M 1N0 B LMO revoked
    April 6, 2014 Jungle Jim’s Restaurant/
    Greco Pizza/
    Captain Sub 59077 Newfoundland and Labrador Limited 500 Vanier Ave.,
    Labrador, NL
    A2V 2W7 D LMO suspended
    April 6, 2014 McDonald’s Restaurant Nasib Services Inc

    980 Pandora Ave.,
    Victoria, BC
    V8V 3P3

    1200 Douglas St.,
    Victoria, BC
    V8W 2E5

    1644 Hillside Ave.,
    Victoria, BC
    V8T 2C5
    D, E LMO suspended
    The Companies we are negotiating with :the Taboo Resort and Spa and the J W Marriott. are NOT on this List.

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