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Amnesty For Construction Workers

Amnesty For Construction Workers

The Labour Department is expected to roll out a programme soon that will seek to regularized workers in the construction industry.
Minister of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon. Vincent Wheatley said that the Department will introduce a Skilled Workers Amnesty Programme (SWAP).

In a statement to the House of Assembly on February 25, the Minister shared that SWAP will target skilled workers, particularly in the construction industry, who are working in the Territory with employers not listed on their work permits will be asked to contact the department to address regularizing their work permits status.

SWAP is among a series of initiatives the department plans to undertake this year.

Hon. Wheatley said the department will re-commence the health and safety campaign which is being used as a means to rejuvenate and create a culture of health and safety in the workplace.

"This campaign will help to educate employers of the requirements outlined in the Labour Code 2010 as it relates to health, safety and welfare, as well as facilitate necessary short training. Employers will also gain knowledge on the effects and preventative methods of health and safety in our everyday lives," the Minister stated.

Further, the Minister explained that the department will be continuing with the 1000 jobs in 1000 days initiative and will be offering soft skills training to local job seekers.

"This will help to have a cadre of VIslander/Belonger job seekers better trained and prepared to fill job vacancies, the Minister stated.

Another programme outlined included orientation for Employers. According to the Minister, the primary objective is to ensure that sound labour practices are followed, through the enforcement of the BVI Labour Laws/Code so that a harmonious working environment can exist between the employer and the employee.
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