Desperation: Over 6,000 apply for 600 Sandals Barbados jobs – police called in

Barbados sandals resort employment

Barbados Acting Tourism Minister “SHOCKED!” at large, unruly crowd – fights, pushing, fainting…

DLP Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner - Insulated from reality?

Shocked DLP Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner – Insulated from reality?

Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, Acting Minister of Tourism, told reporters that she was “shocked” at the behaviour when over 6,000 desperate Bajans lined up to apply for fewer than 600 available jobs at the new Sandals Resort.

No matter the astonishment of the political elites, the vast majority of ordinary Bajans were not shocked to see a once-proud populace begging for menial work serving tourists – and pushing their way to front of the line by any means necessary.

Clean that toilet? Sure, I’ll do that! Carry bags from the bus to hotel rooms? Pick me! Pick me!

Bring drinks to spoiled 20 somethings on the beach? “Sure! I’ll do anything. Anything at all. Please… hire me. Think of my family. Hire me, please.”

Barbados Government gave everything away to Sandals

What a deal! Sandals will pay no taxes, no import duties on building materials or supplies shipped in. The exact details of the concessions haven’t been released because… because… well… our Barbados government gave everything away in a move of desperation. Damn right they did, because after three decades of mismanagement, theft and giving the dole to anyone who wanted it, Barbados has nothing left.

Our nation of Barbados is as desperate as the Bajan job seekers – so our government put aside long-term considerations and totally caved to Sandals just to land a few hundred jobs. How many jobs really? Who knows? The deal doesn’t require Sandals to provide work for a specific number of Bajans. How many Sandals employees will come from other countries? Don’t ask! You’re not allowed to know – it’s part of the deal.

Rum? Hey… that will come from Jamaica at zero duty rates while our own (and superior) Mount Gay Rum takes a more expensive back seat. Chicken? All frozen from the USA. Vegetables? Ha! The Sandals policy is price first, quality and local supply second and third.

Don’t be surprised my friends. This thing that has happened to Barbados is not getting better. Every other Caribbean island increased their tourism visits in the last 12 months… except us. Look after your family and friends as best as you can…. you might need help next.

Thanks to The Nation for the photo!

Further Reading

Barbados Advocate: Rush for jobs

The Nation: Thousands rush to job fair

Dr. Tennyson Joseph: Sandals desperation

19 Comments

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19 responses to “Desperation: Over 6,000 apply for 600 Sandals Barbados jobs – police called in

  1. Party Animal

    Imagine, the Minister is shocked, to see 6000 people looking for jobs, is she one of the Ministers that live oversees.

  2. John Hanson 1781-1782

    They can hide the news and the number of people fired by DLP and the numbers of the MOF , But when live Persons show up looking for work , the proof is there for all to see , if 6000 showed up ? how may was laid off by government ?How many leave the site after seeing the amount of people ?

  3. St George's Dragon

    “… once proup poulation begging for menial work serving tourists…..”
    Don’t confuse servitude with service. A job in the tourist industry is a real post earning real money and its a whole lot better for the country than a fake job in the public sector “earning” my tax money while doing nothing.

  4. This is what happens when a ‘government’ sells its own natural resources and people out to the highest bidder, instead of being proud Investors in its people.

    These fat pigs that have been selfishly occupy seats in this pseudo-oligarchical government for decades ARE ONLY GENUINELY INTERESTED in their close friends and relatives.

    They will only act (or pretend to act) when their own incompetence begins to make them look bad to the public, but as long as know one raises a voice against them, they couldn’t give a rat’s ass about their so called ‘constituents’

    BLP/DLP. YOU SUCK!!

  5. compton de castro

    Ask question…
    Who benefits from tourism ?
    The government
    The people
    The corporation

    Take your pick ….taxation the WMDW weapon of mass distribution of wealth….more tourists should mean less taxes for the taxpayers.
    Catch 22

  6. St George's Dragon

    I may have spotted an opportunity for niche market tourism in Barbados:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791515/sex-animals-banned-denmark-outcry-legal-loophole-minister-acts-country-magnet-sex-tourists.html
    After all, according to the Nation the other day, on the basis that a housekeeper found fur and blood on a sheet, bestiality is rampant across the island.

  7. Anonymous

    Lets hope that Barbados has no fruit bats which are the prime
    suspect in the Ebola outbreak.

  8. compton de castro

    Don’t think it was fruit bats….maybe blood sucking bats ?

  9. Bajan Abroad

    Let us hope that those who are successful in securing employment are truly grateful for the opportunity. I was home earlier this year and felt the palpable resentment of those waiting on one of their own. This impacts business too and might partly explain why tourism is down.

  10. NYCBGI

    THE SHOCKING COMMENTS FROM THE ACTING BTA HEAD IS A REAL SHOCK WHEREIN SHE MUST KNOW HOW BGI TOURISM HAS FALLEN TO A DISMAL AMOUNT OF TOURISTS STAYING IN HOTELS, LETS BE CLEAR HERE THAT KIND OF INSENSITIVE REMARKS BEGS THE QUESTION REALLY WHAT EXPERIENCE GAVE HER THAT JOB, ITS FRIGHTING TO THINK THAT BGI TOURISM AUTHORITY STILL HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO SOLVE THE DECLINE OF TOURIST COMING TO THE ISLAND./ SANDALS WILL BE A TEMPORARY FIX BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER HOTELS WHO FACE A UNPROFITABLE WINTER SEASON.. NOT EVERY TOURIST CAN STAY AT SANDY LANE OR SANDALS. BTA ITS WAKE UP TIME!!!

  11. Green Monkey

    Wunna too hung up about corruption. That is only a Western thing. (According to South Africa’s President.)

    South African president wanted corruption charges dropped because corruption is a ‘Western thing’

    One of the reasons President Jacob Zuma believed criminal charges against him relating to the arms deal should be dropped was because corruption is only a crime in a “Western paradigm”, City Press reports.

    And even if it was a crime, Zuma’s lawyers apparently argued, it was a crime where there are “no victims”.

    These startling insights into Zuma’s 2009 written representations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are contained in a detailed NPA analysis document, which City Press has obtained.

    http://www.newsforage.com/2014/10/south-african-president-wanted.html

  12. compton de castro

    When ‘corruption’ becomes endemic in society it becomes
    more acceptable….way of life in society ! Is cheating ‘smart’ ? Or not being caught clever.
    If answer to these questions is ‘yes’ hope for change dies.

    Every society has corruption some blatant others subtle.
    It can make or break a nation state.
    Wars become futile.

    Anti war veteran !

  13. compton de castro

    Bajan abroad
    185.000 peoplease on an island paradise dependant on tourism says it all. We want your money but we despise you.! Anyone involved in ‘tourism’ wherever needs to
    understand why ‘tourists’ will choose where to visit
    usually with high expectations.
    Some have saved up year/years for a holiday in paradise.
    They expect high standards and welcoming smiles.
    Square pegs in round holes drives tourists away.
    Its a tough call ! One can but empathise !
    Attitudes must change….bajans dilemma !

  14. MANJAK of MY LORDS HILL

    That Senator Irene Sandiford professes to be shocked that 5000/6000 Bajans scrambling like the proverbial rats in an unemployed barrel to doff the caps and perform the black soft shoe shuffle on behalf of Sandals Resorts fools no one.
    The regime of which she is a part has inflicted on the Bajan populace over the past few years staggering financial and economic incompetence.
    This DLP rag bag of politricksters follows in the self same footsteps of the Owen Arthur administration. Nothing has changed. No lessons appears to have been learned.
    In their foul wake they have left a wide open door which the IMF have walked though and imposed their brutal economic constraints.
    The result is the humiliating spectacle at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. There is a forerunner to this of course……..the opening of the Barbados Hilton where the scramble for jobs elicited similar desperate behaviour from the poor and the unemployed.
    But please Minister Sandiford no faux outrage and crocodile tears at the behaviour at Two Mile Hill.

  15. Barbadian politicians have been selling out to larger western interest for trinkets for decades; wave a green card; visa, or a bit of money in front of their faces, and they’d probably sell your first born.

    There is a rumor that during the Four Seasons excavation project, artifacts of significant historical importance were uncovered. But, because your government was feining for green backs, they choose to keep this quiet.

    To hell with this oligarchical regime!

    A Tale of two Cities should be a mandatory reading for all Barbadians at this stage.

  16. compton de castro

    Think the minister should do the honourable thing and step down….less she wishes further embarrassing disclosures..
    think her position is untenable !
    Wishful thinking.?…she will still receive her pension !
    Is there no shame in Politricks !

  17. Jimmy Hoffa

    There is something phony about that woman. If you listen to her speeches you can discern that she is one of those barely literate frauds trying very hard to sound educated, nuanced and sophisticated.

    I get the impression that she is still startled that she has gotten as far as she has. Really, i am not as confident as i perhaps should be in the prospects of Barbados in the future.

    Its really sad that people come here a obsess about the statements made by these people. Its just bullshit, stop ignoring the larger context of the damage being done to the nation state of Barbados in favor of the personality drama surrounding these charlatans… Look behind the curtains; see past the smoke and mirrors.

    Barbados will never be fixed by the people who’s livelihoods depend on it being broken as it is now. Think the lawyers will ever take money out of their own hand and and work towards reforming the third world legal system we have ?

    Think the politicians will change the game that gives them unfettered access to the nations coffers? Nope. There is a reason why the saying goes that an magician never reveals his secrets…. he is protecting the game and he is protected by other magicians, themselves doing the same thing. Why? To maintain an audience!

    Politics works in the same way. Barbadians just have not realized that as yet. The game is more important than any individual player (especially if that player intends to partake in the game in the future). Every politician in barbados is on the same page as far as that is concerned.

    Its just a myth that one set is better or more competent then the other set… Thats the con… its is to keep you all running back and forth while going nowhere, while never asking the big questions that, not ever contemplating the real meaningful changes that will bring progress in the actual sense of the word…

    You will just be content to hang on to the mere words and dissect them this way and that on this and other forums while in your head thinking you are doing something or making a material change when the stark reality is that you are not.

    Incase you missed it…She is not “shocked” she just wants you to believe she is. So, naturally, since you guys are not as wise to the game as you think you are, you proceed to spend days trying to unravel why the minister should be “shocked” and the merits and demerits of her proclaimed “shock”.

    HEY LOOK BEHIND YOU, ITS A GIRAFFE WITH 2 KNECKS!!

    Jimmy

  18. D Oracle.

    Irene look like one of dem wimmin who busy reading a report while you busy breeding she…when yuh done, she ent notice.

  19. compton de castro

    Ha ha ….in hilarious laughter !
    Its 21st century bro dem gal much smata….
    Deh jus pretend to get it over with….You must be slumming it Wid dem ‘society’ gals. ! Don’t blame de bitch if she nah fancy yuh ! You must be an ugly bull dog !chuckle chuckle’
    My book is nearly complete titled ‘hookers’ ! Will save u a copy…..my first ‘paying’ experience was 1962 in Singapore
    doing military service RAF. It was not only women plying their trade in ‘boogie st’ there were gays….was just turned 19 then. Singapore was one of first countries to legalise
    Gay marriages. Guyana it was illegal 1958/9 bridge and groom were arrested outside brickdam cathedral on a tip
    off to the Gestapo….today its legal in western culture.

    Not wishing to defend Irene political ambitions and myself
    great admirer of our female species this publication may now be sued for ‘label’ ! Also please observe the protocol !
    Check out Google !
    Que sera sera