Statement by Philip ‘Brave’ Davis
For Immediate Release:
It is with great sadness and regret that we once again witness the iron hand of the Ingraham Government, with its callous disregard for Bahamians and dispassionate attitude toward the weak. Ingraham has decided to flatten ZNS by dismissing almost 100 Bahamians leaving them abandoned and on the growing unemployment lines all over in this country.
The employees at ZNS deserve every opportunity possible to be heard. Clearly no government should be letting go workers at this time, especially in these times of uncertainty. It is the duty of a government to be seen preserving and protecting jobs in our country.
After secretly planning the dismissal of scores of workers at the Corporation, the mean-spirited Government of Hubert Ingraham attempts to dismiss workers with a less attractive package than expected – suggesting there is no money.
The Ingraham government has refused to listen to the people in their distress and struggle to meet mortgages, utilities, school fees and everyday demands. Instead they are fast tracking their efforts to dismiss the staff in these tough economic times.
While this same government is set to dismiss Bahamians, they were quick to find more than $26 million of taxpayers’ money to construct a new port facility at Arawak Cay and fatten the coffers of 19 FNM benefactors to build this facility. Though it is said that the Bahamian people are partners in truth and fact it is a privately driven project and we the Bahamian people don’t know who are our partners as they hide behind corporate vehicles. We yet await the answer as to who those 19 benefactors are.
The Ingraham Government is quick to suggest it has no money as it presses forward to let workers go at ZNS, but they were quick to find $120 million to build roads and disrupt local businesses on Blue Hill Road.
They were swift to borrow almost $60 million to build the new road to ‘no where’ from the airport and at the same time secure 200 work permits to employ Chinese construction workers in that exercise.
It is shameful to note how for months this same stubborn FNM administration ignored nurses, retired police officers and canceled the Student Loan Programme, dashing the hopes of hundreds of young people the right to decent affordable education. They masqueraded across the country with a wicked policy of STOP, REVIEW AND CANCEL; hurting Bahamians in the process.
The Ingraham Government should exercise restraint in its decisions at ZNS. The workers at the Corporation deserve the chance to be heard. They deserve better. They are Bahamians.