Some Haitian nationals living in Dominica are up in arms about what they say has been a high level of unprofessionalism being displayed by a senior labour official at the county’s Labour Division.
More than a dozen non-immigrants are claiming that the individual has been making degrading remarks whenever they go to the office to conduct business.
They say there are taking the matter to prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
Haitians require a non-immigrant visa to live in Dominica and this must be picked up at the Labour Division.
However, the Haitians who spoke to DNO, claim that the individual has been casting ‘unprofessional remarks’ at them whenever they go to the office.
“All-you doetish? You not hearing I tell you wait? What happen you retarded? I myself not in that today. All-you hear one person get passport all-you coming?” are some of the remarks reportedly cast.
The Haitian nationals are also alleging that the individual purposefully withhold passports from them “out of spite.”
“I am not telling you thing I don’t know. Some of the passports are ready and the person keeps them locked up,” one Haitian told DNO.
The Haitians now say they are taking the matter to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
“We are writing a letter to the Prime Minister about this individual. We are trying to have it signed by every Haitian who has been victim to that. It is unfair. This has been going on for too many years. This is not the individual’s private business. It is the governments business and that person is being paid to operate in a professional manner,” one Haitian said.
The letter is expected to be handed to Skerrit by the end of the week and 213 Haitians have already signed it.
The Haitians are of the opinion that the entire matter amounts to hate mongering.
“We say the individual in question maybe hate Haitians. But this is a government business. Hating us is one thing but spiting us using government work is not acceptable. And why hate us when they use us all the time to make money? ” one Haitian queried.
It is alleged that Dominicans have also been victims of the questionable attitude of that senior official.
The Haitians are calling for the immediate transfer of the individual, who DNO will not identify at the time.
According to the last census, there are over 2,000 “legal” Haitians living in Dominica.