Compiled by Due Diligence and David
A vigilant citizenry is required for a democratic system of government to optimally function. Governments across the globe use propaganda and manipulate the distribution of information to paint its agenda, the objective ALWAYS to secure popularity. It is important for a citizenry to compensate for such dishonesty b using the avenues which any democratic system of government provides to probe for the truth.
Barbados has had to battle the issue of low-wage Caricom workers, i.e. Guyanese; and Canada has its issues with low wage workers recruited under its Temporary Foreign Worker Program including those entering from Barbados.
In January this year the GIS Barbados issued an announcement, “there may be light at the end of the tunnel for some unemployed Barbadians, as a major job recruitment drive will get under way in the island this weekend. Canadian recruiting firm, Diamond Global, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, will host a job fair on Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The recruitment could result in scores of Barbadians being offered employment in Canada under its Temporary Foreign Workers Programme.”
The good-news story was picked up and covered by the local media.
Government – correctly so – saw an opportunity to export some of the 2,500 unemployed Barbadians who attended the job fair to Canada. Like in the past his is seen as a source of much needed forex from worker remittances.
Based on news reports it turns out that many of the companies recruiting workers under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program have been abusing the system; and, under great political pressure, Employment Minister Jason Kenney has put an immediate moratorium on allowing restaurants to hire temporary foreign workers after a series of abuse allegations.
What is often lacking in local media coverage is the follow up. The business of reportage is a heavy responsibly which the traditional media claims for their own. A review of the local media news will confirm the obvious, no follow up.
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