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Jamaican linesmen protest late pay outside BVIEC

BVIEC Long Bush office

A number overseas linesmen contracted to help with electricity restoration in the territory staged a relatively short and peaceful protest outside the BVI Electricity Corporation’s (BVIEC) office in Long Bush this morning.

The linesmen who are said to be Jamaican workers were protesting late payments.

It is said that the workers have been waiting to get paid since last Friday.

A senior worker affiliated with the BVIEC said payments were late because of technical banking issues.

He told BVI News that the issue is now resolved.

In the meantime, Deputy Chairman of the BVIEC Henry Creque said in an invited comment: “The BVIEC has a contract with the Jamaican linesmen and we are working according to the contract and trying to facilitate them as best as possible in the best interest of everyone concerned.”

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  1. Can't behave says:

    They have to show themselves wherever they go buddy?

    • shut says:

      now that you have current you can run your mouth. They did not apply to the BVI for work, they came to provide an emergency service with the agreement that they will be paid by a certain time. Like you, they have their families and commitments as well. Why you don’t go work for nothing and see what it feels like

    • Behave what? says:

      People who work should be paid and paid on time. They have every right to protest! This country looking like it going bankrupt, they are just showing their concern for their livelihood. After all they have themselves and possibly families back home to support.

      • Sam the man says:

        The government has repeatedly refused to pay its utility bills on time – so yes I believe the country is bankrupt….if individual people refused to pay their electric bills they would be cut off so how come the government gets away with it? Absolutely disgraceful and the NDP leadership just don’t care ….

        • Concerned says:

          YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!! BVI government pay your bill and fix other infrastructure and stop talking about airport not needed especially now!

    • Kmt says:

      They left their families over the holidays to come here and work to help us, thry should be paid and paid on time, full stop.

    • Michael says:

      Typical Jamaicans

  2. Syrupes says:

    Jam people eh……long long other waited? And not even a note heard.

    • @Styrupes says:

      If not even a note heard, then make some noise. People do what they want out of you until you show them you ain’t no fool. I’m sure the people in high positions get their pay on time all the time while others don’t.

  3. Albion says:

    I am glad to hear that the protest was peaceful and good natured. I know Henry Creque is really busy with everything, but I hope that we are treating these guys right. After all, when we desperately needed help they answered the call.

  4. HISTORIA says:

    Remember is Jamaicans your dealing with. I know they being fed better than anyone else…. just never satisfied and always complaining. Not all but most!

  5. BVI As usual says:

    now that all ah unu have power, whey the statement to send us home. We neva beg fi come here mong ayo set ah ungrateful people. When unu get current unu happy fi see we. When unu get what you need, we no more use. Our men climbed post manually to get the job done while your local men (most) would not move a note without a bucket truck.

  6. Saddened from afar says:

    Listen up readers! There’s a world of difference between being complacent and seeking out what is rightfully due to you. Reflect on the adage, it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. Need I say more….

  7. Authur says:

    Wonder if some peaceful protest will work just as fast in another area of critical service…internet 🙂

  8. I FROM HERE says:

    Well done Jamaicans! Show us Tola people how to be! We too passive as a people!

    Hire these Jamaicans to show us how to march against NDP!

  9. Chance says:

    They have all right to protest for their money.
    They work really hard and with style. Neat Job climbing the pools, they know their work.

    If we had to depend on the BVI WORKERS, HURRICANE SEASON WOULD COME AND END and they would just start to work.

  10. Brad Boynes says:

    Yaawn next

  11. Unimpressed. says:

    How embarrassing. These wonderful people came in our hour of need under horrible conditions. Pay them on time, smile and say thank you.

  12. Haha says:

    Tortolans never learn. Waiting for the next hurricane to wipe out y’all existence, then there will be no need for Jamaicans to come in and help y’all. *shrugs shoulders*

    • Theo says:

      Stuff getting real in the BVI now. No turning back to the simple life of the 90s for some of us.

      Can’t play with people and their livelihood because those “overseas problems” don’t only happen overseas.

    • Hmm says:

      Welsah, look how the BVISLANDERS were almost wiped out by a tsunami in their sleep! Thing to talk!

  13. Just Curious says:

    I am a Jamaican and I stand in solidarity with the Jamaican linesmen. It is hard to leave your family to work in a country where they have to suffer the same fate like everybody else without light and water and work hard to help restore electricity, and at the end of the day they cannot be paid on time. It is time we take a page out of the Jamaicans book and protest here in the BVI when government play the ass of themselves and we suffer. The men worked and were contracted to get pay, they must be paid and paid on time. Thanks can’t take care of their families back home.

  14. Tvip says:

    Just curious I agree. No one should work without pay. But we have been without power for for more than 4 months…..plz, plz help us.

  15. See says:

    Thank you Jamaican crews . You are appreciated and have shown a LOT of people here how work SHOULD be done . Being paid late is an embarassing disgrace to this country after what you all have done .

  16. Electric Shock! says:

    I wonder if these Jamaicans are paid in BVI rates for their services or Jamaican rates. If they are paid BVI rates, they need to take a chill pill and be more appreciative. If the BVI gov. really had a technical issue with the banks and the Jamaicans were told; they should be more understanding and expect forthcoming payments. If payments took much longer than just last Friday, I can understand a protest. If they are leaving soon, and can’t get paid yet, I can understand their protest. If it is a grossly repetitive scenario, I can understand a protest. If this was a one off event, my question is what these high blooded Jamaicans carrying on for?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Electric shock you tortola people like to work people and don’t pay them ,if y’all do pay it shortpaid. When pay day y’all mouth long go st the damn man them on time. Something else coming to the bvi again y’all don’t learn ,when you work someone an under pay and don’t pay them, that’s a big sin. Tortola people love to use people talk from experience

  18. Riley Freeman says:

    Bviec need to pay what they owe

  19. Bandit says:

    Wow! From what I have seen on TV when these line men was interviewed, it was not the government that did not pay them but it was their boss who recruited them from Jamaica to work in the BVI. The boss explained that because of the banking system, their was a delay in the money being deposited into their account in Jamaica. People just love to run off their mouths without knowing the facts. These linemen even complain that their boss promise them 200 a day and when they got to the BVI, he dropped it down to 80. SMFH. I was wondering if this JA boss man is paying these people in U.S. or Jamaican dollars. I hope he is not ripping them off. Hmmmm

  20. SMH says:

    We live in a constantly changing world, where you don’t even notice how fast time passes. You have to stop and look back wonder what’s in store for the future , after Irma, Maria and tsunami warning ,we should be thankful for all whom responded in time of distress and stop some of these ill comments.

  21. JA says:

    See how they always giving Tortolians a bad rap when it is their own Jamaica boss is who ripping them off.

  22. Interested says:

    We are grateful for The Jamaicans and all who came to help us.i pray that the matter of their salaries can be expedited in a timely manner in the future

  23. Anonymous says:

    Well this is the livelihood of the workers. You mean to tell me that big bad Electricuty Corporation couldn’t just write checks to pay in the interim of sorting out whatever bank issues there were. So the folks are supposed to just sit there while their basic necessities for survival are not being met.

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