St. Kitts – Nevis Students Get Hands On Experience

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Students In St. Kitts – Nevis Gain Experience

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
October 8, 2008 (SKNIS)

The working world becomes more realistic to students of the fourth form who have signed up to participate in the Third Annual Work Experience Programme which starts on Monday.

The activity is a joint venture between the Ministries of Tourism and Education as well as the private sector and is designed to give students a glimpse of the working world through a week long practical exercise in various fields and establishments.

Twenty-five students from each secondary school in St. Kitts will enter workplaces on Monday hoping to glean from the experience as well as to assess their strength and weaknesses.

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Nevis Firefighter Shortage To Be Addressed

Mr. Hester Rawlins

Head of St. Kitts – Nevis Fire Services – Hester Rawlins

Charlestown, Nevis
August 18, 2008

Head of the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services Mr. Hester Rawlins assured his men stationed on Nevis that the shortage of manpower would be addressed before year end.

He made the disclosure at a recent ceremony held by the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (NASPA) to commission a new EC$1.5million dollar fire tender at the airport in Newcastle on Nevis.

“I want to give my ministry’s commitment that the manpower problem on Nevis will be improved later this year when our basic training course is completed,” he said.

Notwithstanding, Mr. Rawlins appealed to the young persons on Nevis to join the security services because their services were needed now more than ever as partnership and collaboration was embraced to make the communities safe.

He also addressed the issue of training which he said was critical to the Fire fighting service and urged the authorities to treat it with some degree of seriousness.

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St. Kitts – Nevis To Review Minimum Wage

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Minimum Wage Review For The Federation
Basseterre, Saint Kitts – Nevis
SKNIS – June 6, 2008

We must avoid narrow interests and pursue long-term solutions to prevailing global economic conditions that are affecting the economy of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The advice was given by the Hon. Dwyer Astaphan, minister responsible for Labour, who was addressing Private and Public Sector stakeholders and officials during the Minimum Wage Consultation.  Minister Astaphan was framing the context of the minimum wage review in light of rising fuel and food prices around the world.

The Minimum Wage Advisory Consultation is held in fulfilling the requirements under the Labour (Minimum Wage) Act, Chapter 344, which calls for the periodic review of minimum wages in the Federation. Minister Astaphan pointed out that the cost of oil has risen over 500 percent in the last 10 years giving rise to the challenging economic situations in countries the world over.

“The reasons are manifold,” commented Minister Astaphan. “We know what is happening in the economies of China and India, the two largest population centers on the planet. Those economies are going through the roof. The demand for goods and other things that sustain and expand economies has gone up exponentially, and we know that the world economy still, for some time to come ““ which is the most worrying thing about it, is premised on oil and carbon- based energy sources.”

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Nevis Premier Asuures Hotel Workers Of Fair Treatment

Charlestown Nevis
March 25, 2008

Premier of Nevis and Minister of Tourism  the Hon. Joseph Parry told employees of the Four Seasons Resort that the Nevis Island  Administration (NIA) under his leadership stood for hard work, honesty and decency.  The Premier made the statement on Wednesday March 19, 2008, while he delivered an address at the Four Seasons Resort Employee Award ceremony. 
He said the NIA would support the employees and gave them the assurance that the Administration was proud of their hard work.
“I do not know why but sometimes I get the impression that workers in Nevis do not realise that the government is here for you.  I have a reputation in the past when I worked with the workers and helped the workers and I maintain that reputation.  This is what we stand for, we stand for hard work, we stand for honesty, and we stand for decency. I am here to represent you, I am here to serve you, I am here to make sure that you get a fair deal.
“We stand for respect and you have to give it to the persons who are in charge.  On the other hand, we demand that the persons in charge respect you.  We demand that you be treated equally to any other worker anywhere else in the world.
“We demand that you be appreciated, that the employers of the hotel understand that you are Nevisians! you are people and you should be comfortable in your workplace and you should be treated fairly and equally,” he said.

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Nevis Government Commends Local Contractors

Charlestown, Nevis
March 15, 2008

While Contractors on Nevis were commended for their sustained outstanding work they were urged to continue to produce and to take advantage of the opportunities created for them under the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) led Nevis Island Administration (NIA).
The praise and words of advice came from Mr. Ashley Farrell Cabinet Secretary when he addressed a number of local contractors at a workshop. Mr. Farrell represented the Minister of Labour on Nevis who was at the time off island on other government duties. The half day event was hosted by the Department of Labour on Wednesday March 12, at the Red Cross Centre in Charlestown.
“I wish to commend you for the very outstanding work you continue to produce. This NRP government supports you, we want to see local construction firms expand into mega companies and in this regard I wish to inform you that several projects will be coming on stream later this year and it is anticipated that job opportunities in the construction field for at least the next three years will continue to increase.

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