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Falklands contract seasonal foreign workers to boost dwindling local force

Friday, October 23rd 2015 - 08:01 UTC
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A group of road workers are expected to start arriving in the Falklands Islands in early December to boost the dwindling local force. Falklands' Director of Public Works Colin Summers said that efforts to obtain agency workers were progressing well with up to nine workers sourced to be split between the FIG Highways Section and the Quarry. Read full article


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  • Pete Bog

    This could be you unemployed Argentines, earning money, but as always this shows that the Falkland Islanders don't need you if you don't want to play the game.

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 01:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PepperJohn

    Hire workers? Are you trying to show off an econocmody that really does not exist? You cost a lot of money to the UK, are you lobbying for more money? The truth about the malvinas struggle is here:

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 03:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HughJuanCoeur

    Having had the chance to visit the Falklands way back in 2005 (a very enjoyable experience), I did find the roads to be “interesting” to drive on (and fun too!). Not so much the mettled surfaces but the other ones. Any improvement would be an advantage to my mind and if contract workers are needed to improve the road network then so be it. As #1 (Pete) stated, it could have been the Argentines earning the money but this isn't going to happen. #2 (PepperJohn), there is an old, old adage that “possession is nine points of the law” and that is how it is going to stay for the foreseeable future - the Falkland Islands (none of this Malvinas nonsense please) are British. In the case of the 1982 illegal Argentine invasion (or should that be Argentine debacle?) and the justified British response, perhaps we should change that to “repossession is nine points of the law”.

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 06:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • marasilver

    Arent' you all foreigners? The land is Argentine, right?

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 TTT / whatever

    You are an idiot to make that claim of costs without understanding what the UK gets out of the Falklands.

    Try looking at the cost of HAVING a full field firing range for field guns and tanks in the UK, were that even possible.

    Stupid argie.

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    I have seen more believable statements in Grimms Fairytales

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 09:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    2PJ- Do you know when the UK last had to provide the Islands Govt with money to pay annual recurrent budget costs like wages etc? Not since about 1880.
    Then in the 1960s and 1970s we used to receive some Capital Project Development Aid - for new projects - not wages! Since the Fisheries Zone was established in 1986 all that has stopped as well - not needed.

    So it is YOU who have your facts all arsed up!

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 10:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Caledon

    @ 3,4 +5 Do you not think the link he gave was more than a little suspect !!!!!

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 11:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Roger Lorton

    PepperJohn claims to be an historian but demonstrates a surprising lack of knowledge about almost everything - particularly facts. He's currently employed trying to promote a new propaganda site set up by someone in Holland who works for the argentine government and uses the name Marcos Rudda - presumably based on the Dr. Ruda who lied to the United Nations in 1964.

    Oct 23rd, 2015 - 11:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    ”He said he also very much liked the idea that a locally based company, “have stepped up to the plate and are supplying the workers for us.”

    Is he having a larfff...
    Falkland Islands Company or FIC is a diversified goods and services company owned by Falkland Islands Holdings......
    Headquarters and registered address....

    Head Office
    Falkland Islands Holding plc
    Kenburgh Court,
    133-137 South Street,
    Bishop's Stortford,
    Hertfordshire CM23 3HX

    ....An English company...based in England....
    Supplying bestards.....

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 12:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Voice- For your info:
    FIC pays Company Tax on all Falklands operation to Falkland Islands Govt. not a penny to UK.
    The majority of its Board of Directors live and reside in- Falkland Islands. Major Directors Board Meetings are held in- the Falkland Islands.

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 01:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @7 Roger Lorton

    Marcos Ruda ia the nephew of the Ruda of 1965.

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 06:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Caledon

    Could Pepper and Rudda be the same ?

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 08:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    ...and for your info....
    Directors are not necessarily shareholders....
    So they pay local taxes....that is common for all international companies....
    Taxes relative to profit...where does the profit go.....
    Being owned 100% by an English Company not a Falklands company I'm guessing...English shareholders....
    Btw...The main man....Roger import moved from England to the islands..
    Don't delude yourself the Falklands is an overseas investment....majority owned by the English...
    If you dig deep enough into every commercial pie there... you will find English fingers firmly embedded in it...

    Oct 24th, 2015 - 12:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Buzzsaw

    @12..And you point is.....

    Sorry I assumed the FIC were based in the Falklands, the fact that FIH owns them and has it's headquarters are in the UK doesn't change the fact the the FIC is locally based on the islands.

    In case it's slipped your mind, the Falklands are a BOT, so based on that fact, where do you think the majority of the commercial links, knowledge and expertise would come from.......

    Your jealousy, falsifications and inaccuracies are puerile Voice.

    Oct 26th, 2015 - 11:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    Nice position to be in. We can afford more work than we have a work force for so we bring people in. Apart from the fact that FIG is doing it it is hardly a new thing. Quite a number of private companies have been doing it here for years, including FIC. Companies have hired hundreds of Chileans direct from Chile for years now. The first time one company placed an advert in the local papers in Punta Arenas, Hotel Jose Nogueira had a queue of hopefuls in through its front doors that went back about two blocks.

    It's hardly news though. Tell my a country with a thriving economy that doesn't do this.

    Chuckle chuckle

    Oct 26th, 2015 - 10:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “Supplying bestards....”

    Argentines could have the work if they weren't arses.

    Instead they sit on their ringers and burn tyres......

    Oct 30th, 2015 - 07:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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