Friday 25 February 2011

Bajans to get shot at cruise ship jobs

If everything goes according to plan, Barbadian workers could soon find employment on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo said Barbados would enter into formal agreements with those cruise lines shortly.

"In the midst of economic downturn and high unemployment rates, the maritime industry represents a viable option for young people entering the job market. Jobs on board cruise ships encompass a wide range of areas such as hospitality workers, deckhands, plumbers, welders, electricians, carpenters and aesthetics,” she said.

“The Ministry of Labour is optimistic about these beckoning opportunities. The future looks bright."

Dr. Byer-Suckoo further disclosed that Barbados was back on the list of the United States of America's H2A programme, which accommodates seasonal agricultural workers, and the H2B programme for those who work in the hospitality industry.

She said there was also a lot of expansion in the Canadian province of Alberta and the City of Vancouver and Barbados was setting the stage to ensure it took advantage of those opportunities.  

The Labour Minister made the comments while addressing the National Employment Bureau's Local Annual Review Meeting of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Programme.

She told the gathering of farm labour workers that their concern about the timely remittance of their compulsory savings has been drawn to the attention of the appropriate authorities – the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

“FARMS has indicated that it will encourage its members to deal with the matter expeditiously and the Director of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has stated that he will review the existing contract to determine if changes can be made to ensure that employers submit the compulsory savings in a timely manner,” Dr Byer-Suckoo said.

She said the Canadian Farm Labour Programme, now in its 45th year, has been extremely important to this island. According to her, it had provided a built-in social and economic safety net for the workers and their families, while guaranteeing access to disposable income.

Source: Caribbean 360

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