Guantanamo Terrorists enjoy life in Bermuda,while locals suffer
Bermudas unemployment rate exceeds 3000 islanders
Bermudians vented their fury at the speed at which new jobs were found for the Uyghurs this week after they were made redundant from their posts at Port Royal golf course.
With the effects of the recession biting and unemployment rates among locals increasing, charity was in short supply on blogs and talk shows.
The four men spent more than seven years imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without being charged before being invited here as ‘guest workers’ by Premier Dr. Ewart Brown last year.
Their status is still unresolved, they cannot leave Bermuda and they are dependent on the Government to find them work.
Despite that, many Bermudians are furious that Dr. Brown and Immigration Minister Colonel David Burch helped them find another job.
“Unbelieveable!!! I hope all out of work Bermudians march for this!!! Totally unfair!” wrote Linda Hines on the Bermuda Sun’s Facebook page.
Another poster, Khali Shakir, added: “We’re doing ourselves proud for the attention of the world stage! Forget about being Bermudian and out of work! A great agenda item for Dr. Brown’s LEGACY!”
Dr. Brown would not comment on the backlash yesterday or say where the Uyghurs would be working.
He said in a statement on Wednesday: “We are pleased to announce that the Uyghurs have secured employment in the private sector.
“Since the employment is in the private sector we shall not release the name of the employer.”
The Uyghurs were unavailable for comment yesterday and it is unclear if they have been told where they will work.
Another poster on the Bermuda Sun’s website, Justin Smith, said Government priorities are wrong.
He wrote: “Guess you gotta be in with a politician or two to get employment in this market.
“To think I actually believed Dr. Brown when he stated that Bermuda and her people are his foremost priorities.
“Tell that to the Bermudians who have been made redundant during the crisis and haven’t been able to secure alternative employment since. There are a hell of a lot more than four I can tell you that!!”
The four Uighurs earn $51,000 a year as grounds keepers at the public Port Royal Golf Course.
Their salaries were made public along with the salaries of 30 others employed at the facility in Parliamentary Answers yesterday. In total the Board of Trustees of the Government-owned golf course pay $2.68 million in salaries at Port Royal.
As four of the 12 groundsmen at the 6,842 yard long course the Uighurs are each paid $51,600 a year.
The Uighurs arrived in Bermuda last year amid a storm of controversy when Premier Ewart Brown agreed to relocate them from the infamous Guantánamo Bay detention centre after negotiating directly with the US without Britain's knowledge. They were given jobs at the golf course soon after their arrival.
Quighars are holding those jobs at the expense of Bermudians, in a time when there are a large number of Bermudians, relative to past local unemployment numbers, not working.
It is a slap to the face of every unemployed Bermudian to have 4 men smuggled in under cloak of darkness, bypass all due process regarding immigration policy for expat workers, and slide right into unadvertised jobs that a Bermudian( or 4) is fully capable of doing.
What qualifications do those men have to tender lawn, outside their training at Al Qaeda camps?
Bermuda is facing a serious unemployment problem ,we haven't seen the worst of it yet - once the current wave of construction is done those jobs are going to evaporate.
Adding to that, the Guantanamo Terrorists jobs were never even advertised locally.
4 Filipino workers all 'ended their contracts' 5 months early, and the Quighars slid right in.