Mr. Luarca, get a job

Mr. Luarca has announced yet another hunger strike – his third.

His last hunger strike ended on Sunday, 16 April. The reason he gave for the cessation of this strike was that ‘God was telling me to stop.’ His new strike is to begin on Monday or today. (He does not mention whether God is in favour of his new strike.)

The reason for Mr. Luarca’s series of strikes, as we have all read by now, is that he had applied for a job as Security Guard for the Hospital, but another applicant was selected instead. Most of us have applied for jobs that we were unsuccessful in receiving at some time in our lives. Our reaction is generally to open the Friday Compass and look for another one. Mr. Luarca’s reaction has been to threaten to starve himself to death.

The Ministry for Employment has quite rightly not responded to Mr. Luarca’s publicity campaign by reversing its hiring decision. However, the Ministry has shown him compassion and has attempted to assist him by showing him the correct way to pursue employment – as we all do – by applying for whatever other jobs are available. Incredibly, Mr. Luarca has refused the available jobs, saying, ‘The private sector doesn’t pay well unless you have skills.’ Quite so. This is the reason we all work on our skills, so that we may deserve a more desirable position.

Cayman showed its compassion in 1994 by accepting Mr. Luarca as a political refugee. He has had twelve years in Cayman in which to develop new skills and has not done so.

Mr. Luarca seems to be of the opinion that he is somehow entitled to a job by Government.

In his birthplace – Cuba, this is standard policy. Under Cuban communism, all adults are entitled to a Government job.

However, Mr. Luarca will not accept a private sector job. As he himself states, ‘That’s why I left the communists.’

In a democracy, a job is something to be earned. We work to develop our skills and we eventually move ahead because we have demonstrated to employers that we can benefit them.

The employer chooses to employ us because he sees the benefit to himself in doing so.

Mr. Luarca, has instead, not developed his skills in his twelve years amongst us and now, despite his claims to the contrary, is using a communistic argument to demand that he be employed as he sees fit – not as the employer sees fit.

The Minister for Employment has commendably shown continued patience in dealing with Mr. Luarca, far beyond what is deserved under the circumstances.

Mr. Luarca, you have been given refuge here in Cayman. Do not assume that you are entitled to rights beyond those accorded to Caymanians. Time to end the saintly posturing and do as the rest of us do. Get yourself a job.

Steve Hawley

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