Chinese to make up bulk of Sam Lord’s labour

Chinese will make up the majority of labourers on the transformation of the old Sam Lord’s Castle when construction begins later this year.

Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner
Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner

And Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, who made the disclosure today, explained that Barbados had to “compromise” on the composition of the labour force because it was holding the Chinese construction firm on the project to specific deadlines.

She told reporters about the 60:40 ratio as she also announced that the US$200 million project, which was originally to start in June, will instead begin in August.

The project is expected to last 18 months and is being funded through the Chinese government.

“I have been hearing and reading queries about the labour force. The agreement was specific that Barbadians will be employed and we have the ratio of 60:40,” Sandiford-Garner told a Press conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

“The 60:40 also include resources other than human resources; other resources that are needed for the construction. If we are holding them to that deadline we have to be a bit more lenient in our request for labour and resources so that then there is no excuse for not meeting the deadline.

“Barbados has decided to compromise a little bit and say ‘look, it is 60:40 but you will be held to your deadline as a result’. And I think that in the long run we should look at the fact that when this project is done you are looking at 1,000 permanent jobs for Barbadians,” Sandiford-Garner added.

As part of the project, the nine-bedroom castle will be restored and a 450-room hotel, which will be operated by international hotel brand Wyndham, will be constructed.

32 Responses to Chinese to make up bulk of Sam Lord’s labour

  1. Browne-love Jan
    Browne-love Jan January 9, 2015 at 3:50 am

    So Bajans dont need work? Stupseeeeee thing is them into going to spend a cent back into the economy.. Just buying rice..and might get rid of some of the stray dogs!

  2. Browne-love Jan
    Browne-love Jan January 9, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Bet they don’t know the history of that Castle!

  3. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway January 9, 2015 at 4:31 am

    They must have known this,,, so much for work opportunities for unemployed Bajans…

  4. Ralph White
    Ralph White January 9, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Bajans should be the majority employed at that site.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 9, 2015 at 4:54 am

    The work will be carried out at starvation wages. Let’s be honest Barbadians like big salaries and work at a snail’s pace. Are they prepared to work for minimum wages?

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase January 9, 2015 at 5:27 am

      What wages?!?
      I was told that those same Chinese labourers are prisoners brought here to work.
      I saw first hand the conditions they lived under when they built the Gymnasium.

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce January 9, 2015 at 5:49 am

      There are not prisoners. At the end of the day beggers cannot be choosers.Bim broke! The Chinese are using their own money and they are giving the work to their citizens and what are the so call Unions doing about it? There is citizens in Bim that want to work.

  6. Browne-love Jan
    Browne-love Jan January 9, 2015 at 4:57 am

    So what? Big salaries is what it takes to bills send school children pay rent!

  7. Hassan Taylor
    Hassan Taylor January 9, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Ralph White 1000 bajans don’t live in the same whole, it is know that the Chinese will huddle together and even live on the construction site to cut most of their expenses etc. Can barbadians do that? Not only that when the job finish the bajans still have to live here and spend that money here while for the most part that money going to China. So you prefer the jobs be given to non citizens will the barbados citizens depend on the welfare system.

    • Browne-love Jan
      Browne-love Jan January 9, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Thing its hard to get on Welfare! And unlike the UK..WE don’t do the DOLE! WE work! Even if its selling seasonal fruits! We always trying to make a dollar!

  8. Jason Lewis
    Jason Lewis January 9, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Well if Wunna want BAJANS to work there find Bajan money to fund it !!! They borrowing Chinese money and the Chinese set the terms ! The difference here is that on one hand you have a Chinese man working on a project for 5 years and then opening a hotel where a BaJan can work for 20 ! It is not ideal but it is what has to happen

  9. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow January 9, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Chinese use dry wall that is damaging to your health THIS is why the Americans stopped importing and using it. What is wrong with the Barbados Government? What about investing in Bajans? Keep Barbados money in Barbados.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner January 9, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Elaine Crichlow you are so correct but does these stupid Bajan politicians listening or doing any research all they concern about is the Chinese money but remember nothing is free they will be a heavy price to pay down the road,mark my words.

  10. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 9, 2015 at 6:33 am

    What does the union have to say about this?

    • Mac10 January 9, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Hahahahahahah!! That’s a good one. Oh! wait you were serious????

  11. Trina Lowe
    Trina Lowe January 9, 2015 at 6:54 am

    At least the job will get done in a timely manner, they will be more efficient, diligent and probably is cheaper too. No one has time for most workmen, stopping work at 12/1pm to go in the rum shop, at a hide-away or a bar to drink liquor for the remainder of the afternoon. Business as usual. Totally agree. Don’t get me wrong, I love my plp but from an international prospective and what I’m currently experiencing now with a 4×4 project there, no one has the time for begging workmen that suppose to be “skilled” & paying them too. Most Bajan workmen are like that. They need to be more productive. #lovemyplp. #takenooffense

  12. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 9, 2015 at 6:57 am

    So why is this a surprise to anyone all this free Chinese yen gine get Barbados in big trouble mark my words, this little rock gone to de dogs.Where in the world can foreign people get such authority and preference over locals i guess Barbados this my fellow Bajans is just the begining stupes.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner January 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Ok enlighten me sir i stand corrected.

    • Brenda Bryce-Husbands
      Brenda Bryce-Husbands January 9, 2015 at 8:14 am

      About China’s Currency

      China’s currency’s official name is the renminbi (RMB).

      In Chinese, this means “people’s currency”.

      More commonly, the renminbi is referred to as the yuan.
      Cash in China – Bank Notes and Coins

      100 yuan is the largest bank note available in China. This is currently worth around US$13.

      Just as many countries have dollars and cents, and the UK has pounds and pence, China has a smaller unit of currency than the yuan.

      One yuan is worth ten jiao. Unlike most other counties, the jiao can also be subdivided. One jiao is worth ten fen. So one fen is worth one hundredth of a yuan in the same way that one cent is worth one hundredth of a dollar. One jiao is worth one tenth of a yuan.
      The Beijing Observer.

  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 9, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Quality of work building materials has any government official enquire about that,do these so call big shots that run Barbados do any research because if they do like others this would not be happening,Remember all that glitters aint gold and what goes up must come down no pun intended here.Also will the Chinese be using building materials from China and will Bajan engineers be the ones controling job site think i know the answer on that already.Have a terrible feeling about this and other Bajans should too.

  14. seagul January 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

    China is not a perfect nation, but on matters of minority rights, it has been better than the Western nations. Every project needs mechanisms of finance, without the Chinese no project.

  15. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv January 9, 2015 at 8:35 am

    If only the stupid youngsters bout they had sense and guts take the same guns and rob the politicians than them poor ppl struggling..

  16. Mac10 January 9, 2015 at 8:41 am

    So the 12/13,000 unemployed people in Barbados don’t need work? The crippled construction industry doesn’t need work?

    You go ahead & rebuild what is likely to be a half empty hotel where Bajans will only be employed up to a maximum of Supervisor level as management likely to be foreign & you say Oh! well we had to compromise a bit. I’m shocked you have the bare faced gall to actually say those things.

    “….“The 60:40 also include resources other than human resources; other resources that are needed for the construction. If we are holding them to that deadline we have to be a bit more lenient in our request for labour and resources so that then there is no excuse for not meeting the deadline..…”

    This sounds even worse, with such lose language , one would think the actual construction workforce ratio will be higher than 60/40 with Bajans left to look on & sweep up afterwards.

    Great deal guys!! Now relax in your new SUV!

  17. seagul January 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

    As like Malcolm x, I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.
    You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality.

  18. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry January 9, 2015 at 9:20 am

    You trying to tell me they can’t find a bank to bankroll this project or an investor of local interest so Barbadians can work so Barbadians can spend at local businesses so Barbadians people can spend money back into the economy. Is it me or does this concept somehow stimulate the economy. Im so lost. How you could be in a mess financially and still come up with this solution

  19. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul January 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

    1000 jobs for Barbadians ARE YOU SURE. Better to get this on rock like the Ten commandments and don’t go breaking it like Moses. 1000 JOBS, I’ll believe it when I see/hear it. Something tells me we will have to COMPROMISE on that deal also.


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