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Furbert urges Govt to name and shame Immigration offenders

Immigration authorities need to “name and shame” lawbreaking employers, Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert last night told a workers’ meeting.

Mr Furbert and BIU head organiser George Scott met with about 30 construction workers to air views on the industry.

Many voiced concern over foreign workers who were put on jobs for which they did not appear to hold certification.

“It’s time for us to hold the Immigration Department and Government more accountable for employers bringing people in under the radar,” he said.

Until bosses who bend the rules get fined for their infractions, “it’s never going to change”.

“If you set the example, they will fall in line like soldiers.”

With the hospital construction project to start winding down in the next six months, hundreds of workers will finish work there, the union head warned.

“This is an opportunity for employment to be created for the construction industry, recognising we’ve lost 1,375 jobs over the past four years,” he said.

On the question of immigration law infringements, Mr Furbert urged people who saw rules being broken to “drop the dime”.

“The Immigration Department, the general public and the union have to work together,” he said.

BIU president Chris Furbert

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Published April 05, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 05, 2013 at 12:49 am)

Furbert urges Govt to name and shame Immigration offenders

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