Locals complain about foreign workers

Locals complain about foreign workers

Construction workers at the site of the former Smugglers Cove Resort and Spa downed tools today, claiming that they were being short changed, while foreign nationals on the project are receiving preferential treatment.

Smugglers Cove has been acquired by Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts which is building a new property at the Cap Estate site.

The property, the Royalton Saint Lucia,  has promised to take luxury to a new level.

It is set to open its doors for summer 2017.

Henry Louis, who said he was a sub-contractor on the project, told the Times he has been working there for about three months with a crew of about forty men.


Speaking on behalf of his workers, Louis explained that the men quit work today over money.

“They paying us half of the money so I will be owing these men almost ten thousand dollars,” he said.

Louis said his men decided enough is enough and quit.

However he disclosed that the employer plans to pay them off and send them home.

“They decide to pay us back pay and we out of there,” Louis said.

He claimed that the project was full of Trinidadians, Jamaicans, Dominicans, Colombians and Guyanese who were being treated better than the locals.

“I was wondering whether they don’t have a law in Saint Lucia when we have so many foreigners in our country building a hotel. All Supervisors are foreigners, all men that doing partition are Trinidadians, men that putting tiles are Guyanese, Dominicans and Trinidadians,” Louis asserted.

He claimed that some six hundred non-nationals are employed on the project.

According to him “little Saint Lucians” on the project are trying to make a bread to send their children to school.

“They decide to kick us out instead of making something better for us,” the sub-contractor lamented.

Officials connected to the project declined comment.







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  1. playstore
    May 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Kenny again. Anti St.Lucian. kENNY UR TIME IS UP. BYE !BYE!

  2. Sad-But-True
    May 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm Reply

    I am blaming our Immigration Department for allowing all foreign Nationals on our shores.
    I have a Great dislike for Guyanese and Jamaican Nations here (especially the Males.)

    1. St. Lucian
      May 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm Reply

      I have a gr8 dislike for them also. They think they ontop of the world.

  3. Sad-But-True
    May 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm Reply

    There are Laws..Problem is, we do not take immigration seriously here. We do not have an active department that goes around and do a random check at those establishments.

    We have never had any serious debate (Not even in the House of Parliament,) on immigration and its effects on Saint Lucians here.

    1. independancing
      May 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm Reply

      Maybe our government needs to insure that the relevant departments have enough manpower to do as u are saying before going to the public talking about hotels being built and number of job created (its created but for whom) cause that have been going on for a while now. Btw poor on the oppositions for not doing the proper ground work and bring it to light.

  4. Anonymous
    May 27, 2016 at 1:41 pm Reply

    They making money on work permits

  5. Anonymous
    May 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Yep. And some of these guys treat the staff terrible. I know many guys who left there because of that.

  6. big time
    May 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

    They took the job under one condition now they complain about foreigner getting better pays than theml,,,,,

  7. Blindspot
    May 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

    I hope the Labour Department goes in there with the Police the same way they arrested the 14 strippers for not having a work permit.

  8. dyoll
    May 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm Reply

    It is that way for all Lucians… Foreign employers walk over locals, not there alone… They all do it, chinies, English, French, don’t matter where they come from, they do it and the government does nothing about it, and we the ignorant slaved mentality individuals, allow them to kick and walk over us, they can walk into our country and just take over, why is it not possible for us to have our own businesses, to one day have a plaza like S&S… Now even witchcraft is allowed to be introduced as a business, government don’t fight anything that they get a cut from… Its time that we do what the French did and shut down the country for a week, employers make employees believe they profit without them, but what if all employees are to stay from their work place? Who would really loose?

    1. Annoyed.
      May 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

      I so support your statement. Those are my exact words. We accept too much nonsense. Shut down the damn country and get them to listen. We have the power and we are ignorant on how to use it.

    2. mercifull
      May 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm Reply

      Why don’t we St Lucians come together and protest for our rights. SLP is not for the (poor) local people of St Lucia.

    3. Sad-But-True
      May 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm Reply

      Those are the issues we need to begin asking those Politicians to discuss.
      They need to tell us where they stand with Locals on immigration here.

      I am prepared to go about and expose all foreigners here.

  9. St. Lucian
    May 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Their are laws. The sad thing is that we St. Lucians are not being educated about the laws of the country. And book on the laws governing the country is so damn expensive. We need to start takibg a stand, this is our country

  10. John Doe
    May 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm Reply

    We cry and moaned about it, where are the trade schools to train our people, what do they do after leaving school? They sit their arse all day on the block rather being an apprentice to a trade man and if they do they want big money right away. They give you shoddy work and demand alot of money for doing shit for you and now they are crying. Go and learn the skills that the foreigners have when you are qualified and produce good work then you can make demands until then shut up and take what you get. Stop filling your head with dope then you will be considered.

    1. Miller
      May 28, 2016 at 3:25 am Reply

      This is not just a preferential treatment of St Lucians issue or immigration issue. I don’t think a lot of views consider, as you said, THE SKILLS REQUIRED for the job at hand. They also forget this thing called CARICOM. Yet when they migrate to the US, UK, Canada, etc., somehow they are more likely to brush up on their qualifications, so why is Saint Lucia any different? If I as an employer require quality work, I’m going to get quality people, no favours please. Locally, this is how lots of people may be employed and this is where we might have gotten comfortable and sloppy, forgetting that improving our skills is important. Parents, workers, etc., teach your children, friends, family and yourselves to love learning and development of yourself so that they’re then suited and booted for stiff COMPETITION.

  11. Anonymous
    May 27, 2016 at 6:16 pm Reply

    The same shit happening in security. Guardsman bringing in jamaicans…..g4s barbadians n they getting firearm license faster n getting better treatment.st.lucians wont hv jobs soon. Its a shame

  12. Sad-But-True
    May 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply


  13. Smugglerscove
    May 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

    And you still will vote for SLP. There are ones boast there are over 600 hundred workers at smugglers hotel. And not even the Labour commissioner that come to the site. Masiay Kenny must go.

  14. Shate alone
    May 28, 2016 at 12:28 am Reply

    Maybe we can develop some work ethics.

  15. Boujon Guiyave
    May 28, 2016 at 9:05 am Reply

    I though there was free travel between the Caribbean Islands? If there have a lifting of travel restrictions for nationals of Jamaicans, St Lucia, Guyana etc then these people can travel to and from these Islands without the need for Visas as was needed before. This however should be used for the constructive dismissal of nationals (that’s what it seems to me). The relevant government department should look into this at once.

    There may well be good reason for sourcing labour from another country. Nationals may not meet the qualification requirements. Some of also know businesses always prefer to employ foreign workers who they can control more easily. They could even be paying these foreigners less. Big business will do everything which is in their interest. And that may well be an example as I have always said if big business was not encouraging to flow of migrants from Eastern Europe to the UK all Eastern Europeans would stay home. English politicians could talk as much they like they cannot stop that. To stop it means affecting the economic growth of the country. I am afraid St Lucia may well be experiencing some of that. If Mr Businessman cannot get to do what he likes how he likes he may just pack up and leave.

  16. Thinker
    May 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm Reply

    St. Lucians need to get their thinking re-adjusted. We now live in a global community where skills, capital and wealth can be easily transferred from country to country. We small islands are fighting for the investment scraps that come about when foreign investors decide to “innovate”. St. Lucia in this regard can no longer be for St. Lucians when a greater (and increasing) percentage of business and property ownership is owned by foreign nationals. Foreign nationals now own a greater percentage of the economic landscape than St. Lucians. Do you believe that it happened overnight or that it happened because the foriegners are better off? No. It happened because we St. Lucians are lazy and have no good work ethic and as a result are being side-lined in order for more enthusiastic and work oriented individuals to fill up the spots available. If you cant get the job done, why stand in the way doing nothing but expelling hot air. I am St. Lucian and it hurts me to say this but we are not ready yet to take charge of our economic future. We are NOT READY. One day we will wake up and find ourselves the local minority with a foreigner as our head of state. “Some things will NEVER change” – Tupac Shakur

  17. Anonymous
    May 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm Reply

    “That’s just the way it is”

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