I am an eighteen-year-young Caymanian lady, who after reading a recent submission for the Letter to the Editor column, was disgusted and embarrassed of my fellow Caymanian’s opinion of expatriates on this ever-booming island.
He drew reference to the amount of expatriates holding a position with the RCIP or one of the many security services provided on island.
Firstly the comment of such persons having no ‘ties to this country’ is abhorrent!
There are many people that come to work here to be close to relatives that have lived here for years, or even people that have already been on the island for quite some time and want to give back to the community they’ve been a part of for so long.
Secondly, and especially in regards to the positions at the security service firms and on the back of our DEH dump trucks, we Caymanians are just too proud to provide these services!
I have never seen a Caymanian holding onto the back of the dump truck or opening a door for me at a bank.
There are very few requirements needed and thus would be a very easy position for even an unqualified Caymanian to fill, but no! We do not want to work 12 hour days in a position that does not promise the status of one working in an office.
Now let’s take a look at it from the employer’s side.
As we all know expatriates are required to have a work permit in order to work legally in the Cayman Islands and because of the rollover policy must be made redundant after seven years. So would it not be in the best interest of the company to hire a qualified Caymanian?
We’re only human and unfortunately there are a few people out there that might not care as much as I do about my homeland.
But such is life, you have your good and you have your bad, the ups-and-downs are what pull us all together to work on and correct our wrong doings.
Let us not forget where we came from.
The first expatriates on this island were our ancestors who worked and laboured from sun-up to sun-down. There was no 8 – 5 and then pay day once or twice a month.
They were men, from all over the world, working together to build boats, build townhouses, build churches… build our island!
They did not once complain having help from others!
Whether it was from someone they knew or not, whether they were of their kind or not, they worked together. So why do you now complain of help?
Does it really matter what nationality that police officer is when he runs to the aid of a battered woman?
Does the nationality of the teacher that disciplines and educates your child really matter?
Maybe this message should be delivered in schools, and our history passed onto the youth instead of constantly badgering those that are only enhancing and contributing to the growth of these three islands.
Angelica L Borden