Minister ‘disappointed’ with Bahamian employment numbers at The Pointe

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said he is disappointed with the number of foreign workers at The Pointe and said the ministry is in talks with the company to determine a way forward.

“We are very disappointed with the amount of non-Bahamian workers at The Pointe. I think the percentages are around 30 to 70 in favor of non-Bahamians,” he said outside Cabinet yesterday.

“It is supposed to be the exact opposite.

“We have been in talks with the management at The Pointe. Their explanation is they have some 22 Bahamian subcontractors working at The Pointe and they are including those numbers, the employees that work for those 22 subcontractors as part of the Bahamian component.

“We are sitting down with them. We’re talking to them. We did a survey as early as last week and it is not something we are pleased with.”

The matter of percentages of Bahamian employees at The Pointe has been a concern for some time.

Last June, Foulkes said there were discrepancies between the ministry’s count of workers and the figures provided by The Pointe.

He said The Pointe presented reports to the ministry that indicated that the number of Bahamian workers was much higher than the ministry’s own surveys found.

Yesterday, Foulkes said the same problem persists now.

“Their figures conflict with our figures and it is something that we are trying to work out,” he said.

“But given what we have seen, their argument is depending on when you come and depending on what the project is, the Bahamian component is much higher, whether you come in the morning or the evening.

“For example, they are doing swimming pools. So they have a major Bahamian subcontractor there working on the pools. And so they are counting all of the Bahamians that are working on the water system and the pool system as part of the Bahamian component.

“They’re saying we don’t factor that in. So, we’re trying to work that out to see exactly what the situation is.

“But I can say that based on our figures, and I am confident in our officers, we are not pleased with the Bahamian component at The Pointe.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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