Blackmoore wants contractors to hire more locals

Blackmoore

Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore, has stressed the government’s efforts to impress upon contractors undertaking projects in Dominica the need to hire members of the community as workers on these sites.

The Minister spoke of this while leading members of the media on a site tour of the Pointe Michel Sea Defense Wall Project on Friday morning, contractors of which are C.O Williams Construction Ltd.

He stated, “We have always tried to impress on the contractors the need to employ people from the community. That is not only important to add some value to the local economy, but also it helps the people in the area to develop a sense of attachment to the project, some form of ownership, which is so critical. We cannot force the contractors to employ people but when I met with them Friday morning, they gave me the assurance that there are a number of people working there, from the community.”

Speaking of that particular project, the Minister pointed out that ACE Engineering, a local firm, had been subcontracted to handle part of the project, in addition to the locals that were currently employed by the contractors.

Blackmoore anticipates the number of residents from the area working on the project to increase in the coming months as the nature of work associated with the project becomes less technical.

“As we move from the actual tying of steel, which requires more technical skills, and we move into the road work, we expect to see a much improved labor force from the Soufriere, Pointe Michel and Scotts Head catchment area,” Blackmoore stressed.

The $32-million project is expected to be completed by March 2012.

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22 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 18, 2011

    Blackmoore, what happen? All you forget to tell the chinese contractors that man? I guess we were sold long time so you all can’t tell them anything

    • latche jr
      July 19, 2011

      if a man giving u something u have to tell him padna not u to build that is my brother. thats a gift my friend a gift

  2. Domerican
    July 18, 2011

    Just last week Blackmoore said that the project is two months behind. Now you want the contractors to hire more locals so that the project can finish on time? You playing smart but some of us are way ahead of you and your politricks Blackmoore. If you guys were really interested in employing locals that should have been done from the start, not now when the project is two months behind.

  3. Democracy watching
    July 18, 2011

    Blackmore has just confirmed to me that he and his team/government do not have a plan as a result don’t know how things are done properly. Why now is he impressing upon the contractors that they should hire locals? Shouldn’t this be included as on of the conditions of the contract? Then again he and his government think that they know it all…bunch of Idiots!
    You Blackmore have it coming for all the victimization that you were and still involved in. YOU WILL PAY DEARLY. iT IS A MATTER OF TIME!!

  4. ANON
    July 18, 2011

    my comment is not needed here, i can see my people handling it already, too little too late Mr. Blackmoore, if u get another chance in office, let that be a lesson. to stand up for what is right even if it means standing up against your own parties policies. i notice that since u spoke up about the quality of the west coast road project not being up to par, u have been silenced by ur own party. we alll noticed mr bmoore, stand up with ur people and not against them cuz we DO notice these things.

  5. Muslim_Always
    July 18, 2011

    Elections are coming soon, now you realize this is bad for your political image Mr. Blackmoore?

    Don’t worry Mr. Blackmoore, you can do all the nonsense you wish, just give the weak minded in this society, which is the majority in my view, some alcohol to feel mellow, a few dollars here and there so that you will win the elections.

    I’ve heard people especially the elderly people say, Oh Thank you Skerrit more than thank you God/Jehovah/Yahweh.

    Right now, the new thing in Dominican politics is to call people’s name on radio when people receive money from small loans? Look nonsense! Enjoy your way of life my friend.

  6. Piper
    July 18, 2011

    Blackmore has a lot more power than he thinks. All they need to do is withhold work permits for those who don’t have a slecialized skill.

  7. Anonymous
    July 18, 2011

    seems as if blackmore needs to JOIN THE STAFF OF PUBLIC WORKS AND THE MEMBERS OF THE TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION WHEN THE DAY OF SOLIDARITY IS CALLED…………..

  8. Lougaoo Mem
    July 18, 2011

    You voted in a cancer virus. Now, find a cure

  9. No freeness
    July 18, 2011

    Dominican workers are just too lazy!!!!!!!! You know that very well Mr. Blackmore. They are not ready for hard work at all. Lazy and like to stop and talk and take break on ppl time and money.

    • Patriot
      July 18, 2011

      Thanks for being honest about yourself. Happy to know thas what you do. At least you are honest enought to speak the truth about yourself. Well now that you have pointed out your fault and have accepted it I guess you will now begin to work hard for what you want etc etc

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2011

      I guess if you want to call people that do not have work and can’t get any work “lazy” then go ahead padner

  10. Bull Crap
    July 18, 2011

    i hope Dominican are reading this as i am cause see how Mr. Blacmore insulting Dominican.saying that Dominican cant tie steel cause that to technical for them. I know some asses will say am being political so for those blind supporters here is the quote from Backmore himself.

    “As we move from the actual tying of steel, which requires more technical skills, and we move into the road work, we expect to see a much improved labor force from the Soufriere, Pointe Michel and Scotts Head catchment area,” Blackmoore stressed.

    That is what blackmore think of the hard working people in Dominica who have designed and built some of the most beautiful houses in the Caribbean.

  11. July 18, 2011

    blackmore if u are loojing for simpathy try to get it somewhere else.why do u make them idiot comments when projects are on there way and u jolly well the damage has been done.if u put in your contract that u want that amount of money under the table why cant u put u want the outside contracters to employ at least fifty locals. you really believe we bought our degree.

  12. Bull Crap
    July 18, 2011

    I started reading this crap and i could not even finish. Now they should hire more Locals.I cannot believe that Dominicans actually listen to these As***. Dominican have be shouting at the top of their lungs that more locals are needed and all the government has done is ignore people. Now this project two months behind the set date u wanna come with your lie about “We have always tried to impress on the contractors the need to employ people from the Community”. You guys don’t give a damn about the local. These is the damn same leaders that allow the Chinese to come here with all their truck and equipment while local truck drivers suffering. The same leaders that have all these Chinese workers her while we have an unemployment rate of almost 13 percent.yet u have some dumb(and i use the term lightly) blind supporters and supports and they this government does without having no common sense.

  13. Anonymous
    July 18, 2011

    First time in the history of Dominica, projects taking place and not Dominican that benefiting. Gone are the days when we use to have big projects and out parents would renovate our homes, stock up the cupboards, buy us new things from the proceedings for projects. Blackmoore too little too late.

  14. July 18, 2011

    NOW YOU SEEING DOMINICAN CONTRACTORS SHOULD BE HIRED. BEFORE IT WAS DOMINICAN THAT USED TO CUTTINGS TRACK FOR ROADS AND BUILDING THEM FOR THE LAST 50 YRS.

  15. wonderfull
    July 18, 2011

    Mr. Blackmore if Ace can be subcontracted for part of the project at this stage why couldn’t they be given the project in the first place. let the money stay in dominnican hands even if they did not support you

    • July 18, 2011

      YOU FORCE ME TO COME TO BLACKMOORE’S DEFENCE.
      TO BE FAIR IT WAS NOT BLACKMOORE BUT THE ECCB WHO APPROVED THE BIDDING. I CAN’T BELEIVE I DID THIS. I AM GOING TO THROW UP NOW

  16. Anonymous
    July 18, 2011

    so only now you want contractors to hire locals?

  17. July 18, 2011

    MR. BLACKMOORE, WHAT A LOAD OF…. MR. BLACKMOORE YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO STIPULATE THAT IN THE CONTRACTS TO THOSE FIRMS. NOT TO COME AFTER THE FACT AND PLEAD FOR COMPLIANCE.

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