Nassau, Bahamas: The Minister of Immigration Branville McCartney reminded companies who employ foreign workers that Bahamians come first in the Bahamas and said that his department will not tolerate businesses owing the government for work permits whilst Bahamians are looking for jobs.
Reports coming to Bahamas Press confirmed that workers at Ernst & Young have become the latest casualties of the economic downturn in the country, as workers were sent home on yesterday.
But tonight we turn our attention to the Bimini Bay Resort, and we hope the ministers responsible will look into this. Today we were on the island of Bimini and what we heard and saw at the Bimini Resort was just disturbing!
Firstly Bimini Bay owes the Bahamas government THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN WORK PERMIT FEES! Secondly the company in the summer of last year TERMINATED ALL THE BAHAMIAN WORKERS IN THE RESTAURANT with a promise to recall them back and reopen it in November 2008. BUT NO, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN AS PROMISED.
But what was disturbing to us today was the kitchen at the resort. Water was off on the island on yesterday and as we understood it the food was prepared for workers in Bimini Bay’s cafeteria with rain water, caught in an old rusty tin container. Bahamas Press inspected the kitchen and what we saw we just could not believe our eyes. The kitchen is in a deplorable state!
Firstly the kitchen has hispanic cooks and servers, NO BAHAMIAN WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED IN THE CAFETERIA. Yes, with all those great island cooks on the island of Bimini looking for a JOB, NOT ONE BAHAMIAN serves in the local CAFETERIA at the resort!
HOW IS IT BAHAMIANS ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY? WHERE IS THE VOICE FOR BAHAMIANS ON BIMINI? THIS CANNOT BE RIGHT!
Then outside the fact that the water was off and the cooks prepared the food with rain water, all in the ceiling of the cafeteria are fly traps hanging down with flies sticking to it. This is enough to give one the ‘belly’. We could not believe our eyes, dead flies are everywhere in a kitchen where people must eat, all in the roof of the cafeteria?
A resident on the island told Bahamas Press how the food was so terrible a few days back, that persons fell sick after eating it.
“They serve you anything in this cafeteria and expect us to eat it. PRISON FOOD IS BETTER THAN WHAT IS SERVED IN HERE,” one workers at the resort told Bahamas Press.
“One day the food was so horrible, mold was seen in the meat, and that is what they are giving people up here to eat?”
For what we witnessed at that resort today, this is a matter that NEEDS AN URGENT HEALTH INSPECTORATE!
Added to this another worker decried the working schedules of the Bahamian staff at the resort, “Bahamians are working two and three days here at the resort whilst the foriegner workers are working seven days up here at Bimini Bay! What is happening to Bahamians on this island is a disgrace! We need help on this island, someone please help us here at Bimini Bay.”
WHERE IS THE VOICE FOR THOSE RESIDENTS OF BIMINI?
We have some words of advise to the residents of Bimini, if they cannot get athorities to set things striaght up there at the Bimini Bay Resort, we invite them to welcome a contingent of Cat Islanders to the island, and we guarantee in TWO WEEKS everything will be BACK TO NORMAL!