Temporary Workers loaded up in the Public Service as an early Election looms

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Nassau, Bahamas – The hiring of scores of temporary workers into the public service tonight confirm that an election is closer than we think.

Bahamas Press’ sources in the Ministry of Finance confirmed today while texting from the bathroom, some 15 workers from the FNM youth arm, have been hired as temporary workers in the Business License Unit.

Sources tell us, on Thursday of last week the department purged some seven staff members and reassign them into other government agencies to make way for the FNM operatives.

The informant said, “Mr. David Cates and Ms. Athena Marche called in (7) staff members into a meeting on Thursday and informed them that they were being transferred to other government departments.

“For some time now a pending decision to hire large numbers of temporary workers was planned, but no one knew when. A list of names have been circulated between the junior minister and the department head,” the source said.

According to the source, “There have been denials to hire temporary workers but today [Thursday] our suspicions came true.

We are told that out of the fifteen new FNM temporary workers in the Unit one, Don Cornish, a resident out of Freeport, Grand Bahama, is said to be a relative of PAPA.

In a surprise, Bahamas Press has learnt former disgraced Director of Land of Surveys, Tex Turnquest, may also in the coming days be appointed as a contractual worker in the Unit. You would remember Turnquest was asked to resign by Papa after he had granted crown land to his in-laws. The beachfront Crown Land was then resold for substantially more than they paid for it, in Forbes Hill Exuma.  Boy, we tell ya, a DEAL IS A DEAL WITH PAPA!

Meanwhile, we are told a further blow are being waged against the working poor and struggling business as license fee penalties are set for a humongous increase in the department…see below…

IF YOU FAIL TO RENEW FOR YOUR BUSINESS LISCENCE IN TIME THE FNM GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SLAP A $5,000 late fee on you. Now that's what we call MURDERING THE BUSINESSES IN THE BAHAMAS! THE FOREIGN NATIONAL MOVEMENT DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES...DEY GATS TA GO!

24 COMMENTS

  1. Its because of things like this that makes one wanna puke,firstly why rehire an individual that was mixed up in corruption no more than a year and a half ago at the department of lands and surveys,do u think Mr.Prime Minister that we as a people are that stupid to forget who this individual is and what he did,or is it that you actually reward corruption,and secondly why is it that you grind bahamians in such a way that it makes one wonder if you are a genuine bahamian,how can you charge poor business people a 5000 dollar penalty for not renewing their business license on time,while illegal haitians cluster our highways and byways engaging in illegal business,and nothing is done about it,election couldnt come sooner,its the people time now to make it right!!!!!!!

  2. Can someone confirm if the Ship Yard in Grand Bahama offer any of the laid off workers from Our Lucaya Engineering department any work, or does it still requires a special skill set to spry paint that we Bahamians can not do or learn. So they bring in foreign workers put them up in houses and transportation, when 200 workers on the same island are now out of work. What I find astonishing is that you would offer a job fair to send a Grand Bahamian from Freeport to the out island to look for work, housing and transportation, and food a grown man with a family now must leave his island for work, but you still have 100’s of cheap labors at the Ship Yard. I don’t see that number getting any smaller and the locals number getting any bigger.

  3. BP,

    Mr. Cornish is obviously following this article, how come yah boy eein respond as yet….I guess BP pon deh case eh…you report we decide! BP 1, Cornish 0

    • Nah curious you counting like SPIRIT EH? Das 2 for BP and 0 for Conish! They think this the BTC debate by bring up his credentials. We never questions whether or not he was qualified for the post. We never questioned his abilities we asked a simple question the rats in Bartlett Hill Primary could write on the board and respond to. But silence gives consent eh? Don’t underestimate BP! PLEASE DON’t we holding off plenty!

      BP

  4. What does Ehurd Cunningham, Tex and Cornish have in common? They will have some real unnatural parties with all of them in one area

  5. @BP
    You didn’t state that Don Cornish has a masters degree in interanational relations or marketing from a prestigious university that would have qualified him to be a senior official in the Ministry of Tourism or that he was so well loved by the low lives of the country that would make asine statements as to how things are done in the gaza. Question: Are you slipping?

  6. Mr. Cornish is a desent product of Abaco and the Bahamas. Related or not to the prime Minister, PLEASE LEAVE HIM ALONE. Why does everything from BP have to be anti HAI / FNM wake up guys the FNM won in 2007 stop acting so sorry and mean spirited.Because of you all many persons will not be voting PLP. It time these ghost writer reveal their faces if they so bad….let show them how we do it in Gaza strip…bahamian style

    • We are ANTI-HAI/FNM because Ingraham is ANTI BAHAMIAN and is the chief ‘representer’ of the Foreign National Movement!

      We report YINNER DECIDE!
      WE NEED CHANGE!

      BP

    • @ charles, why do you want to see peoples faces? Are the facts too much for you. Let me guess you’re an FNM? You’re so easy to identify, when void of truth/fact you go for character assassination. Fact!

  7. WELL BLOW BE DOWN TEN TIMES!!!!THIS “FAMILY ISLAND ADMINISTRATOR” CAN FIND THE TIME TO REPLY TO BP. WHEN THERE IS SO MUCH MORE JOBS, JOBS, JOBS TO BE GIVEN OUT. GET TO IT MAN!

  8. What kind of garbage is this? The last time I heard of a party doing this was a long time ago in 2007 right before the last general election. How is this happening again??

  9. Oh by the way, Don Cornish is in Nassau because he was receiving death treats…….check your facts dear via freeportnews/nassauguardian.

  10. Just a note to advise that I am NOT a temporary worker as stated in your article an certainly not a part of any party’s “Youth Arm.” I am a Family Island Administrator with the Department of Lands & Local Government. Previous to that I serve for several years as a Senior Ministry of Tourism official.

    • Good Mr. Conish, Could you confirm the following, as we are not interested in your credentials. Are you engaged at the Business and Evaluations Unit as noted in the article. Secondly, are you a relative of the Prime Minister?

      We shall await your respose.

      BP

      • Media They all ready hire more than ten at Nib they hire the girl of one consultant at nib paying the Temps more money than the full time clerks. all the union doing is sitting and can do nothin cargil get them afraid them two Union leaders can do nuttin

        • We invite more of these reports. YINNER know more than us! But them assigned FNMs who monitor BP like freshly baked Johnney Cake, cannot come on here without using the word LIE. Well ya know what we does tell them; DAS INGRAHAM MIDDLE NAME!

          BP

        • Those 10 is just the tip of the iceberg at NIB. They brought in the Director and hehired his swimming federation buddies, and his cousin (Ms. Willie)as HR consultant and then made her permanent. They brought in a HR director who brought in all of her friends from her old job at Colina. In fact, the only one to be hired from the government’s job retraining program was her cousin. The unions can’t do anything because the staff is afraid to support them because they are afraid of losing their jobs. The Director speaks to staff, including his executives (two of them spoke to me), any negative way he pleases and they just suck it up. He tells them that he has the full backing of the PM and if any one does not do as he says, he can speak to the PM and have them removed.He has a lot of backing so the staff knows they can be fired. They saw what happened to those 5 executives who were fired; they know the same thing can happen to them cause he and the chairman has the PM’s ear. There is a manager in cashier’s department who told me is tight with the chairman and he walks with wife. This man can do anything he wants; he is always off from work, comes in late and leaves early but they cannot touch him cause he is tight with Cargill and chairman.Cargill has his two people that he travells with around the country – one is a senior manager who resigned from the union and is very loyal to Cargill and the FNM. They are his eyes and ears.

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