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Janice Rymer to exit Labour Commissioner post

Janice Rymer

The position of Labour Commissioner in the BVI is set to become vacant as Commissioner Janice Rymer prepares to demit office.

Rymer has held the position for more than half-a-decade.

The post was recently advertised on the government’s website but it has since been removed.

However, when BVI News contacted Labour Minister Vincent Wheatley, he confirmed Rymer’s departure. He said the position was being advertised because Rymer is scheduled to go into retirement.

“[The] retirement [has] nothing to do with her performance,” he told BVI News in brief WhatsApp interview.

BVI news was not able to confirm when Rymer’s retirement takes effect. But based on confirmation from Minister Wheatley as well as Rymer’s appearance during Sunday’s broadcast with senior members of the ministry, she is still performing the duties of Labour Commissioner.

Rymer, a long-time public servant, took office in 2014 under the previous NDP administration. At the time, she had replaced Oleanvine Maynard.

In the meantime, it is unclear who will replace Rymer as Labour Commissioner or whether the Labour Ministry has identified a replacement.

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  1. vip heckler says:

    Let us hope that it isn’t victimization

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    • Time to reform says:

      Unfortunately whilst Mrs Rhymer is a lovely lady … The immigration department was equally bad pre Irma, but it dramatically improved under Mr Penn and Ms Fonseca post Irma.
      … staff [need] to make it easy for persons dealing with the Labour department…
      We need a person with more modern ideas who will enforce Labour policy in a sensible way but not make life needlessly difficult for persons trying to follow the law. The practices and procedures need to be reformed to make it easier and not more difficult to deal with the department.

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  2. Earth says:

    Omg my dream came true…! Much to celebrate today. Best of luck in retirement.

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  3. Hmmm says:

    Sorry I couldn’t finish reading the article. Got severely distracted by … seeing little birds. Maybe I’m loosing it and need to see a doctor.

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  4. No nonsense says:

    She leaving, this now the labour officer from C***** B** is going to exploit more female immigrants for favours

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  5. Well says:


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  6. SMH says:

    Its about time too badminded and onesided we too happy she is leaving

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  7. Nanaoana says:

    Nooo she is a good lady please no gooo

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  8. Ausar says:

    Can we get someone younger and hipp-er in the position?

    Too much of the aged, in these positions!

    It’s time for a refreshed and renewed Labour initiative, with the younger and more young, at the helm!

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  9. Good riddance says:

    Service in that department is appalling…should I even be calling it service?!

  10. Jane says:

    Of course if she was pushed not jumped there is no where to complain because there is no Labour Tribunal presumably because she as Labour Commissioner didn’t set one up. Uh oh hoist by your own petard. Bye bye and thanks for your service.

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