The Times Online says that the new Four Seasons Hotel has been exempted from work permit laws and will be able to bring in offshore labour instead of hiring Bajans… on the condition that Four Seasons trains 100 Barbadians offshore every year.
Excerpt from the article (link here)…
(Developer) Paterson said the Barbados government had relaxed its tough stance on allocating work permits. It is allowing Four Seasons to fly in its own staff on condition that 100 Barbadians are taken off the island and trained every year.
Hmmmm…. does that mean that every Barbadian working at a Four Seasons hotel anywhere in the world counts as one of “the hundred”? I hope it means that 100 trained Bajans will come on staff every year and that offshore staff will then go back to where they came from…. but like everything on this island, there will be no public accountability or even information offered by either the government or the Four Seasons Hotel chain.
Why did I have to read about this in the British press? Did I miss it in the Barbados papers?
And just why do I sometimes feel that this is not my country?