End-of-year target for new Labour Law

Mario Ebanks main

Government aims to overhaul the territory’s Labour Law by the end of 2012, according to the head of the newly reorganised Cayman Islands labour and pension systems. 

Labour and Pensions Director Mario Ebanks said his office will examine the law internally, then reach out to members of the business community and the wider public for their input.  

“The Ministry of Education, Employment and Training is actually keen to comprehensively review the Labour Law, and in doing so we would certainly engage all the stakeholders, to insure that we have something in place that is not disruptive, but clarifies the rights and responsibilities of the employer and the employee,” Mr. Ebanks said Thursday during the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals annual conference. “I think [Minister Rolston Anglin] is hoping we could have that passed with amendments in place by the end of this year 2012.” 

 

2007 recommendations  

Mr. Ebanks said changes to the law would depend on stakeholders’ suggestions, but could include recommendations from a 2007 consultant study by 
Samuel J. Goolsarran. 

Some of the changes proposed by the Goolsarran report include allowing administrative fines for companies found to be in violation of the Labour Law, rather than all such matters being brought before the Labour Appeals Tribunal. 

Another recommendation is shortening the maximum work week from 45 hours to 40 hours, after which overtime pay rates go into effect. The report also suggests eliminating a provision that allows employers to pay regular wages for overtime work to employees who sign a waiver agreeing to it. 

 

Minimum wage  

The Goolsarran report also recommends adopting a minimum wage rate, though it does not specify what that rate should be. The current Labour Law enables Cabinet to establish a Minimum Wage Advisory Committee and prescribe a minimum wage rate 
for the territory. 

“The minimum wage actually is being examined by another group.  

Of course, the Labour Law has provisions for bringing it into force, but not for actually activating it in terms of what the minimum wage actually is,” 
Mr. Ebanks said. 

In September, Cayman lawmakers approved a nonbinding private member’s motion by North Side Member of the Legislative Assembly Ezzard Miller to set the minimum wage at $5 per hour. At the time, Mr. Anglin said the government had been looking into the issue of a minimum wage for some time and planned to bring a bill before the Legislative Assembly during the House’s November 
2011 sitting. 

Most of the provisions of Cayman’s Bill of Rights come into effect 6 November, 2012. Mr. Ebanks said the review of the Labour Law will take that into account. 

“There may be some areas that need to be tidied up. But in doing this review we will look at compliance or consistency with the Bill of Rights,” he said. 

Mario Ebanks

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26 COMMENTS

  1. In reviewing governments announcement of their plan to overhaul the Cayman Islands the labor law by the end of the year. Let us keep government honest and ensure that this is not a political ploy but instead they must be compelled now to roll up their sleeves and get to work. I mean, get down into the trenches and start digging.
    A member of the community has already recommended that 10 per hour is a more comprehensive minimum wage seeing that the Cayman Islands is boasting to be one of the leading financial centers of the world, and a major player in financial investments. How then can a measly 5.00 minimum wage be acceptable in light of all the wealth being secured in this jurisdiction? This is an insult to the people’s intelligence whether local worker of work permit holder! Everyone must be able to exist from their wages, not co-exist. What happened to dignity?
    Government has had more than enough time to make the changes necessary to create an environment that will create jobs for our people and put people back to work, to date this has not been done, they have not lifted a finger.
    I note that there is no mention by the Director of Labor on how labor office will collaborate with the Work Permit Board and Immigration board that will convince the Caymanian people that this is a true plan of action that will indeed happen.

    Government must also understand that empty promises will not work. Overhauling the law by the end of 2012 is a failure in itself. Election is but five months away in May 2013 from December 2012. This is unacceptable.. People have suffered too much for too long and to prolong the overhauling process until the end of 2012 is nothing but a prescription for the demise of the UDP and a political grandstanding performance.
    No government has ever been elected on a record of high unemployment of its indigenous population as what exists in the Cayman Islands today.
    Mr. Rolston Anglin Minister of Education and Labor made a statement on last week on Rooster, that his plan is for long term results. My question to Mr. Anglin how long a term are you talking about you have already been lucky with three (3) terms Eleven Years, to be exact, how much more time do you think we should allow you to keep our people in constant poverty? another four years?

    The days of hoodwinkig our people is over and has come to an end. Its time for the Labor Director together with Mr. Anglin working with the Chairman of the Work Permit Boared and Immigrtion Board to quickloy draft a plan for SHORT TERM AS WELL AS LONG TERM EMPLOYMENT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS!

    Enough is enough! people need to get back their stuff. the people are now taking back what government have taken from them,

    It is their dignity found in job opportunity, which enables an individual to live with integrity. There is far too much social and economic damage being inflicted upon our people with the lack of job opportunity.

    Its time government PUT CAYMANIANS BACK TO WORK!

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  2. Tiger…

    I seriously have to consider what you’ve said here and agree with you, for the most part.

    The worst thing about all this is that it seems like there is some global plan at work here to rob the world’s working population of their dignity and any upward financial and economic mobility.

    These proposed changes in Cayman’s labour laws are being forced now because Cayman’s labour laws have been not even been close to complying with the European code of human rights…and this has been sternly and strongly resisted by Cayman’s Chamber of Commerce from even before the ex-labour minister, Mr. Roy Bodden, attempted some of these changes when he was last in office, some 10-12 years ago…

    And changes on paper will not necessarily mean changes in practice, if no one makes a committment to enforce those laws…or assist workers in prosecuting them when they have been broken.

    In Britain, this Tory govt is suggesting plans and ideas that amount to slave labour, with Britain’s benefit and prison systems being touted as sources of labour, where benefits receivers and prisoners will be forced to work for the pennies per hour that their benefits and prison wages amount to, while robbing the legal working population of the opportunity to earn even the 6.08 minimum wage for manual labour that is now the law; a job in Britain nowadays is considered a privilege that is afforded to only a chosen few who qualify by compliance, not by qualification.

    A plan has just been suggested today, also, to make it easier to fire employees without the due process of work tribunal appeals and reviews for unfair dismissal etc.

    Of course, these plans would only produce more benefits dependents and prisoners, as poor financial circumstances force more people into the benefits system, as it is currently doing…or force them to committ more crime for which they will be sent to prison.

    Look at what has happened in Cayman and see if you do not see similarities.

    This is why I say, I see some sort of global plan here to enslave the world’s working population to increase the wealth and riches of a few very powerful and wealthy people.

    I sincerely hope that I’m wrong.

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  3. There is no world plot to enslave the working man.

    Although some in the Cayman government apparently think it OK to force lawyers to work for free.

    It is job losses caused by economics. I was reading about New Balance being the only sports shoe maker who now makes anything in the USA.

    Shoe workers in the USA are paid 10 per hour. They can get the same job done in Vietnam for 23 cents per hour.
    Even if the USA workers got a 70% pay cut they would still be 10 times over-priced!

    Please explain how you can fight this.

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  4. A continuation of my last post…

    When I realised that the Cayman Islands was and could no longer by my home was in June, 2008 when I was baulked and denied at every turn, in a well-planned, well-executed effort to develop a small business in an area in which I am well qualified and for which there was and still is, a dire necessity…

    And was forced, temporarily, for the very first time in my entire life, to apply for government food vouchers and exchange them for cash from my family’s food budget, as a qualified, experienced and educated Caymanian…and…no one seemed to care.

    For sure, I knew then and accepted that the writing was on the wall for me EVER living in the Cayman Islands on any permanent, sustained basis again…and took the necessary action of permanently returning to reside in Britain.

    Where the reported changes in Cayman’s labour laws could positively affect the 5,500 or so Caymanians who are unemployed is that these changes in line with the Bill of Rights must be universal to every employed worker in Cayman…the work permit employee included.

    There are many people who will disagree with the truth because they stand accused by it and many of the thumbs down responses on this forum represent those people, especially in this particular subject area.

    Where work permit labour has been so attractive and cheap in Cayman is because it has, again in my own words, been as close to slave labour as has been allowed…well… from now on…no longer.

    With at least even the basics of the human rights labour laws in force, the hiring of Caymanians becomes more competitive, as all workers will be due the very same rights and conditions, leaving little room for the underhand and illegal use of work permit labour to save labour costs by not hiring Caymanians.

    I have been very vocal over the years in openly suggesting that this is one of the main reasons why the business and political powers-that-be fought so long to deny Cayman these rights in a formal, prosecutable manner…but now…no longer.

    I might not be one to benefit from this effort of myself and others but I can only be happy for the Caymanians, and foreign workers in Cayman who might.

    And I suffer not one moment of regret for my convictions.

    I only hope that these changes do come to benefit all of Cayman’s labour force but in particular will work to have the majority of the 5,000 or more unemployed Caymanians back into the work force of their own country.

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  5. First and foremost, government would be INSANE to reduce the workweek from 45 hours to 40 hours. Not everyone works for government or in a bank behind a plush desk with a suite and tie. What about retailer stores, the construction industry, most service oriented businesses, hospital workers, hospitality, and on and on? You think these people don’t have to work on Saturdays? Forcing businesses (whether small or large) to pay overtime for staff who work anything more than 40 hours a week is ridiculous. The work week should remain at 45 hours, if not increased to 48 hours. (8 hours a day, 6 days a week) This is not slave labor but reality in the real world. This is a very bad idea and can put a huge strain on many businesses and their employees who need to work and WANT to work a standard 45-48 hour workweek. Don’t reduce it!

    Secondly, establishing a minimum wage can be a dangerous thing. For example, a grocery store has a long time employee who picks up shopping carts, lets say he started at 6 per hour. Over the years, he slowly received an annual raise for cost of living increases. He now makes 10 an hour. Should government establish a minimum wage, that job will get classified as a minimum wage job. That long time employee may find himself unemployed b/c its not worth paying him that 10 anymore, lets find somebody else. Many businesses will look to maintain workers at that minimum wage rate, and only give cost of living increases when the minimum wage rate is increased. A national minimum wage can have a huge economic effect, and is not something to take lightly.

    Either one of these on their own could be very damaging to the average worker and their employers, but now lets combine the two. A full time worker only working 40 hours per week, and only making 5 per hour. Hell, call it 7 per hour. That worker now makes 280 a week, less pension and health insurance. What will they take home, 900 a month? Who among us can live on that? Bad news for Caymanians.

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  6. Liberalkman…

    You’re trotting out reasons here that are only confirming what the existing conditions in Cayman’s labour force are NOW…and much worse.

    Your examples here are not worst-case scenarios and will not probably be impacted that much by any changes in Cayman’s labour laws.

    The clause to exempt oneself from the 40-hour week overtime stipulation will probably still remain…

    And a minimum wage is exactly that…the minimum at which an employee can and should be hired as a starting wage…employers can still choose to pay employees what they think them…and the job, is worth.

    In your given example, that supermarket employee must have protected labour rights from unfair dismisal just so his employers can hire someone else for the job at a cheaper rate…it is a lack of these rights and their enforcement that is a major problem in Cayman.

    Any change in the system is going to be exploited by unscrupolous employers…and employees as well.

    What these changes are intended to address is the worst-case situations in Cayman that falls far below the acceptable norm, especially for low-paid, foreign workers…and some Caymanians too…

    That nobody wishes to talk about.

    These changes should impact the overall situation positively if they are focused on addressing these worst-case scenarios and leave the market forces to determine the deals that employers and employees work out between themselves that generally comply with the letter and spirit of the law.

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  7. Firey,

    You are not wrong, you are completely correct.
    The dimensions of this elephant in our territorial room is much larger than meets the eye, it is enormous. It is so sad that our people can not see this and spend so much time focusing on issues that are of lesser importance.
    E.G. How can one fathom getting 5,000 signatures to stop a road closure when we have 3,000 people unemployed?! While it is a good cause it is not as expedient as employment!

    Which is more important? Marching for the W.B. Rd or Marching demanding employment? Both are important but why is there no priorities in place?
    Our people have a serious issue with prioritizing.
    What could be more important than employment!
    Not just short term but long term as well, we need both.
    Why are these same people not marching and signing petitions demanding employment? I am completely baffled!
    To be brainwashed by external forces is expected. But to be brainwashed from local and grassroots forces within is even more destructive especially
    where the focus is on everything else but employment to make ourselves self sufficient independent of social services and live with dignity and integrity.
    Completely baffled.

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  8. Sorry firery and and Tiger but I just have to disagree with some of your ideas.

    How exactly do you force employers to take on staff they do not need?

    How exactly do you force them to keep these staff on the payroll if they show up late, spend the day on Facebook or chatting on the phone?

    As my earlier post says, there are economic changes thoughout the world. We are just a small place being swept along.

    People are prepared to make shoes in Vietnam ffor 23 cents an hour. How does a USA factory compete with this?

    The simple answer is either ban import of shoes made in cheap labor countries or put a super high tariff on then.

    OK, the sneakers you now buy for 100 dollars will cost 400 dollars. The laptop you now buy for 800 dollars will cost 4,000 dollars.

    But it would generate some employment. Of course people will still be buying sneakers, laptops etc. in other countries for much lower prices and smuggling will become a big business.

    There are plenty of jobs in Cayman. You don’t need a degree or high school diploma to make beds, dig yards, guard shops and banks, work construction.

    Why aren’t the unemployed lining up to get these jobs?

    Over the last 50 years we have seen the death of many small businesses. Especially in the USA.

    Where have the small video store, the one store pharmacy and the small clothing store gone? They have all been replaced by massive chains.

    One of the few small businesses left is the restaurant business.

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  9. Longtermresident

    I’ve put forward no ideas; all I’ve done is expressed opinions on a reported change in Cayman’s labour laws and the reasons that I think those changes are necessary and good.

    Obviously there are going to be opinions that differ from mine on such a volatile issue as the Caymanian labour situation.

    Yes, I agree with you that this labour situation is a worldwide phenomenan that has impacted the entire globe; if you read my first comments you would have seen that…and this is a historical issue.

    When the world had no universal laws against slavery, the cheapest form of human economic resources was to attack enemy tribes and nations, capture their people and take them into slavery where they worked for their captors until they died as chattell, never again their own free human beings.

    This system continued for eons of time and still continues today in some less civilised parts of the world; the reason being that human economic endeavour will always require human labour.

    Essentially we are approaching that cycle in human development again, in the name of economic gain and profit and this is the situation that labour regualtion laws are trying to address; to stem a descent back into the acceptance of slavery as a form of human resource.

    Yes, when you have children working in India in sweatshops to turn out sneakers that will cost the Western consumer 100 and make 90 in profit for the factory/sweatshop/sneaker owner…that is a form of modern slavery.

    When you have Phillipino and Jamaican workers in Cayman working for 3 dollars an hour for 60 or more hours a week and living in squalid, overcrowded conditions because they are from desperate circumstances that can be exploited…yes…that is a form of modern slavery.

    If the world has universally accepted that slavery is wrong, then these laws are humanity’s way of continuing to work at keeping our world from slipping back into an economic system from which we have fought so hard to come away from.

    Without this effort we will all descend back into the pit of inhumanity that slavery represents…

    And suffer the results and consequences.

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  10. Long term resident, your argument that our local educated people should be linedup to accept a blue collar job from the list you just mentioned maybe morally right but it definitely falls into the slot of being politically incorrect.
    The disenfranchise of Caymanians has not evolved from good governance and comprehensive fiscal short term nor long term planning. Instead this is a deliberate act of intent that has been planned by the powers that be where people working for a few pennies on the dollar are being exploited. The government including the governor and our elected officials are to blame and has failed the people. How can a governor seconded to this country listen to the complaints on a daily basis, spend two or three years in our midst, suddenly Extends his tenure and HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING WHATSOEVER TO ADDRESS OF SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THIS COUNTRY? What will we remember him for when he leaves? I am still left to wonder?
    At the same time work permit holders are sitting in jobs that Caymanians are duly qualified for, especially the entry level positions in a our financial industry of a fiscal setting such as bank tellers, office managers corporate executives, etc. Our young people have always filled the positions of bank tellers. This is news to all of us that we now have expats filling bank teller positions. Caymanians are born bankers.
    Not only are our entry level young men and women being denied jobs they have always traditionally held but even our highly educated people are being denied managerial and corporate positions that traditionally has always been filled by Caymanians.
    The government is to blame for not conducting proper and comprehensive fiscal planning for the short and long term. They have neglected this economic and social issue because selling work permits has made it quite easy for them to ignore the problem and they continue to act immune and insensitive to the needs of our people who are devastated, embarrassed, poverty stricken and living in a hopeless situation.
    The present system that STINKS is designed to make money off work permits and that is the beginning and the end of the sad story.
    We have elected three lawyers, an Economist, and businessmen and women to our legislature who have served 12 to 30 years almost!
    There is no earthly reason why this educated minds cannot draft an economic plan that will address the employment situation in this country.
    They refuse to do so because the work permit sales is an easy source of revenue for government. It has cost the Caymanian people their jobs, job opportunity, dignity and integrity.

    I recommend that expats and Caymanians come together to resolve their labor issues just like blacks and whites marched together in the l960’s with Dr. King to free blacks from racial oppression and segregation, some of them even lost their lives doing so. I do not believe we need to lose our lives, but we must come together to confront government on all issues on the right left and center.
    We are now a socially and economically segregated country where Caymanians are being treated different from foreigners. Foreigners are granted job opportunity whereas Caymanians are denied. Foreigners are working under some very bad conditions that could be labeled as slave labor with very low pay wage Why not come together fight this demon and compel government to make life easier for all of us.
    Of course this would mean cutting back on the number of work permits we do not need and government seeking more honest revenue from the financial sector as they should. It is pure ignorance and lack of good conscience why they have not already done so. It is an open show of weakness and shame that our government boasting a global player in investment can not raise the revenues from the very industry that is making investors rich in our very midst.
    Where are the brains we thought we elected. We should not have these kinds of problems. They should not exist. After all we are one of the leading financial centers of the world….right?

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  11. Firery,

    You state The clause to exempt oneself from the 40-hour week overtime stipulation will probably still remain. Have you ever tried to use this clause? Please talk to someone at Employment Relations and see if that clause holds any merit with their office or even in a court of law. I will save you the trouble it does NOT. Even if an employee signs a contract waiving their right to overtime pay, (even if it’s the first 4-5 hours only) DER will claim they were coerced into signing it, they did not know what they were signing at the time, they were forced to do it, etc. etc. The only thing that holds any merit is the legal work week, and while 40 hours is fine for bankers and civil servants and other white collar jobs, it’s not realistic in almost EVERY other industry.

    As for the minimum wage, I am not against it, but I advise it is something to be taken seriously. Just throwing out a number and setting the minimum wage either too high or too low can be detrimental, so it must be done right.

    It’s also worth noting, I made no argument against protecting employees and their legal rights. I am all for it, but we do have existing laws in place for it now. You make it sound as if none exist. Sure, many (Caymanian) employers exploit their workers, usually ex-pats, but they are already breaking the law, do you think putting in more laws will stop them? I find the biggest issue is not the lack of existing laws, but enforcing those laws equally between foreigners and Caymanians. How many cases does DER fight for ex-pat workers compared to Caymanians? The prejudice in this country is staggering.

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  12. Tiger,
    You need to stop preaching and come back to the real world. You blame government for everything that’s wrong in society, yet expect them to do everything for you at the same time. Here’s the reality.

    Situation #1. A close relative of mine works in the financial industry and has worked for 3 different companies in the last 10 years . In all 3 companies, most employees were ex-pats and only a handful were Caymanians. The Caymanians that worked there generally took advantage of their employers, frequently came to work late, would take excessive breaks and lunch periods, left work early, and generally did not carry their fair share of the work load. But because these companies did not have a lot of Caymanian workers, they kept them there for political reasons and to look good to Immigration and the other powers that be. The Caymanians knew it, and they exploited it. These Caymanians not only kept their jobs despite their poor work ethic, but were first inline to receive training and educational grants, and also received promotions that were undeserved. Is that fair?

    Situation #2. An employer has a job vacancy that must be filled. They interview candidates, and find 2 individuals that are equally qualified, a Caymanian and an ex-pat. The ex-pat will require a work permit costing 3,000 a year, not to mention application fees, advertising, admin costs for an HR department to manage that permit over the course of their tenure, they have to advertise and interview candidates every time the permit needs to be renewed, and they could potentially only fill that position for say 5 years b/c they will be rolled over after that. Now why on earth would a company hire the Ex-pat over the Caymanian? The answer is… they wouldn’t!!!

    The reality is many Caymanians are hard-working, but there are many that feel they are entitled to a job b/c they are Caymanian, and treat it as if it’s a job qualification. It is not! They want to work half as hard for twice the pay, they feel they are entitled to jobs in which they are not educated for or qualified to handle. Believe me, employers will hire Caymanians whenever possible, and the headaches and high costs of dealing with Immigration ensure they will avoid hiring ex-pats if a suitable Caymanian can fill the position. But the GOOD Caymanians seem to be harder and harder to come by. Government cannot be expected to hire every Caymanian that is out of work, although it seems that is what they feel they must do, and you seem to be of the same opinion. Have you ever gone to ANY government agency that had an inkling of customer service that was not filled with bureaucrats? I didn’t think so.

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  13. Liberalkman…

    I respect your honest views and honest apparaisal of mine.

    You’ve paid the respect of actually trying to understand the reason for my position…and for that I salute you.

    Summing it all up, we are both saying the very same thing.

    Trying to find a middle road is the most difficult task of all and I’ll tell you why.

    Human labour resources is the most vital and important economic resource that exists on this planet we call earth: don’t let anyone trick you into believing anything different.

    And where the prey lies, there the vultures will gather.

    If you can figure out my last sentence, you will see the reason for all the political and economic frenzy surrounding Cayman’s labour situation.

    Will any of these suggested changes in the labour law change any of that, fundamentally ?

    We will all have to wait and see.

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  14. Liberalkman,

    At least we both agree on one thing and that is there are labor laws on the books, however the main flaw that exists causing 99% of these labor problems is that government is too lazy to enforce the law. Now we have an elephant in the room.

    However, the fact that you accuse Caymanians of being on facebook and other social networks during business hours, is not all true, there are reports of expats being on facebook abusing their jobs as well. The difference is that expats do not squeal on eachother, and have to exercise more caution in doing so because their employers can readily pull their work permit from under them, whereas a Caymanian enjoying more freedom and less fear, does not at all feel as intimidated by a Caymanian employer nor an expat employer, this part of your conversation is really non relevant. Individuals on both the expat side and local side are responsible to respect their jobs,and perform their duties to their employer.
    Work permit holders seem to present a case that they are more valuable than a locally recruited grassroots individual. The reality is that the expat worker is constantly living in fear of losing his position and having to uproot and leave not just the job but unfortunately in some cases the island, whereas the Caymanian has no fear as he has nowhere to go since he is at home!
    Neither of these two different descriptions of status status, places any more value on neither of the two workers who obviously come from two very different geographical backgrounds, different cultures, and hired under very different circumstances.

    One is not lazy and the other smart.
    One is not superior and the other inferior
    One is not valuable and the other of no value.

    The are both equal. If people would just get that into their heads Cayman would be a better place.

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  15. Tiger…

    They are both as equal as their value is proved in the workplace, when that value is being assessed fairly, devoid of the stereotypes that each group uses against each other constantly, and mercilessly.

    When these laws…and workplace policies are applied fairly, either non-performing employee, whether Caymanian or expatriate, should be gone but…

    Again, both groups uses their advantages to hold unto their jobs…the Caymanian…I am Caymanian, you can’t just fire me…I have friends and connections that I will use to get you!; the expatriate…you can’t just fire me…you’ve paid a lot of money to recruit and hire me, bring me to Cayman…a lot of government fees to have me working for you…if you fire me, what will happen to your investment in me?

    And these two groups in the workplace continue to throw these barbs and insults at each other on a constant basis…and even the productive workers, both Caymanians and expatriates, have to take sides…as remaining neutral is not an option.

    These are the corporate conditions that I walked away from, being a very productive employee which the partners at one of the world’s largest firms very badly wanted to keep but found it impossible to stay, being caught squarely in the middle of this ongoing conflict.

    If these upgraded labour laws can do something to improve that part of a very comlex situation…

    At least it will be a start.

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  16. Mr. Mario Ebanks The new Labor director on this week announced governmentt’s intention to overhaul the labor law. Is he really serious or is this a hoodwink coming from the highest level?
    Mr. Ebanks himself may not function to our satisfaction as he has been a shareholder in a human resource consultancy firm in the Cayman business community . Premier Solutions Group boasts that it is a fully integrated suite of services encompassing human resource management and legal solutions.
    The website states that they offers local Companies and individuals who they say can look to this group for assistance from labor, to immigration matters, including business staffing plans, key employee to permanent resident applications, and all matters concerning compliance with the labour and immigration laws.
    My serious concern is, can the new Labor Director really be effective in solving the joblessness of our Caymanian people and furthermore how can he help put a dent into the work permit abuse if his company is driven by revenue from offering work placement and immigration legal services including key employee, permanent resident applications etc.
    We seem to always find ourselves talking to Ceasar about Ceasar?
    This is a great conflict of interest, however I believe if he is still affiliated with the group in question, that Mr. Mario Ebanks has in the past proven to be a man of Integrity throughout the years and we will expect him to continue down that road and to use his discretion and conscience as he makes decisions to safeguard the employment opportunity for the Caymanian people.

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  17. Tiger,
    I think you have my post confused with someone elses. I never made any comments about Caymanians using work time to go on Facebook, or anyone else for that matter.

    As for Mario, I know him personally and he is a good guy, smart, and is qualified for this position. While he works in the industry, I dont see it as a conflict of interest, but I could be wrong. I dont agree with his opinions and positions in many circumstasnces, and I can say he is very Pro Union which I dont agree with, but again, better to have someone qualifed than someone who knows nothing about the realities of the labor force.
    Without knowing the proposed changes to the law, and simply going by what the article stated, my two biggest concerns are still this.
    1. Reducing the work week from 45 hours to 40 hours, which I feel would be a huge mistake.
    2. Implementing a minimum wage simply for the sake of doing it. It needs to be studied in great detail and done right, if at all.

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  18. Liberalkman,,

    You are correct it was Long Term Resident that made that accusation. So I am now directing my rebuttal towards Long Term Resident. Apologies to you Liberalkman.
    Thanks for your contribution, it’s interesting that we can act like intelligent beings in respecting one another and also agreeing on some things, while agreeing to disagree on others, keep on writing.

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