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Falklands' lack of tradespeople affecting housing and public works programs

Thursday, February 11th 2021 - 09:51 UTC
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With an economy growing sustainedly 3,9% annually, full employment, and with ambitious public works and housing projects in the books, the ongoing problem of the lack of tradespeople in the Falkland Islands has become more evident and challenging. Penguin News invited MLA Barry Elsby to comment on the situation in an interview this week. Read full article


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  • kelperabout

    Think the mla who was interviewed should do his home work a little better.
    He says there is a shortage, and there is of people to build houses and goes on to say that to bring people in to do the job requires more houses that is also true. But then he says they are looking to contract more people to come and build these houses that are needed but knows there is no accommodation to house these people.
    What he failed to mention is that there are a whole lot of people in the local community who could do this work but are not taking it on because they want top earnings for the work and most of these private companies that could take them on wont pay that kind of money. Instead they would rather import foreign labour from countries that have very low incomes and there lies the problem. To get these people in you need connections and with the pandemic that is not possible.
    The alternative is import from the uk but that labour costs more than they are prepared to pay.
    So government tries to step in and they then have the problem of housing the workers.
    A catch twenty two.
    Yes there are unskilled workers here on the islands but few will take them on to train and often these new workers feel they should be receiving the same equal pay of the imported contractor.
    We must not forget also as we are expanding more jobs get created, most through contract labour so locals are pushed down the housing list which adds to the problem.
    Communication and fair trading is required to solve this problem. Untill it does not a lot will change.

    Feb 11th, 2021 - 10:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    I want to say that I agree with the above opinion of Mr. Kelperabout about the Turnipy shortsighted neo-liberal capitalistic policies of the FIG(leaf) of leaving paramount strategic decisions for the survival of them windblown Isles as a British Imperial exclave..., to the “Wild Globalized Free Market”..., instead of capacitating their own Kelpers...

    For obvious Argie allegiance reasons..., I hope the FIG(leaf) continues with their Turnipy policies...

    I would recomend that normal Kelpers wake a bit up and read between lines...
    The abovd article starts by saying:..:
    ***“With an economy growing sustainedly 3,9% annually”***...!!!
    Well... That was in 2018..., Chays...!!!
    Quite a different situation in 2018..., remember...?
    -Engrish Pirate Oil “Mississippi Bubble” topping in 2018..., many biiig, ugly cruiseships in 2018..., EU membership with subsidies, and free access for Malvinas fish and mutton in 2018..., Covid19 non-existent in 2018..., a “market-friendly” Argie administration in 2018..., etc..., etc.., etc...

    As we today are in February 2021... I Think it would have some logic to utilize last years numbers to plan them windblown Isles..., not 2018...!!!


    BTW..., hereby..., at the bottom of the attached link..., please find the...: “Falkland Islands Population Forecast 2020 -2050”..., made BEFORE your egress from the EU and your ingress in the Covid19 pandemic world...

    In short...:
    You Kelpers should reassess some of those Mega-projects of yours..., i Think

    Feb 11th, 2021 - 01:27 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Billy Hayes

    Siege is the name of the problem, and siege is a consequence of the conflict, and conflict is not about sovereignty, its about the alien presence at South Atlantic.

    Lets do some maths.

    Tierra del Fuego has a nominal GDP of 2500millons dollars.-
    Kelper Nation has a nominal GDP of 300 millons.-
    TDF has 150.000 souls living there; KN has only 3000 second class monarchy subjets.-
    TDF is in south american way a developed society, universities, many hotels, commerce, shoppings, cinemas, moderns comms, links with the world, etc.-
    KN is no more than a rural society.-

    The difference between both territories, with similar geography and resources, is the conflict, the problem is UK.-

    Remove UK so actual kelpers could build a modern society, and will be the owners of the companies that will be created with the new situation.-

    Ask Argentina to negotiate selfdetermination.-

    Feb 11th, 2021 - 02:53 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • darragh

    Gabby Hayes

    “Argentina negotiate” - isn't that an oxymoron (with emphasis on the moron)

    Feb 11th, 2021 - 04:12 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • kelperabout

    Billy Hayes
    The one advantage the islanders have is that they are able to rise to every challange and has always managed to achieve their goals.
    The very efficient handling of the recent german flight showed that though we may be small in numbers we can compete with the big guys.
    TDF are concerned that when we build our new port we will be a threat to their Antartic arrangements.
    My answer to that is they will have to step up a gear or accept the consequences.
    It's called competition.

    Feb 11th, 2021 - 04:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Billy Hayes

    Yes kelperabout, let´s compete; but islanders to compete must do it without the burden at your back; if not this competition is only a fantasy....your burden is the conflict.

    A kelper nation without conflict could easely achive 1500millons GDP, with 50k free souls living there; and the original 3000 colonials could be the new oligarchy of this are losing too much with the conflict....universities for south americans to study english or banking system for wealthy south americans for example....

    Feb 11th, 2021 - 06:24 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • portman

    where there's a will there's a way as illustrated by: no excuses but kelpers seem content to support a government living in the land of tomorrow sadly inherited from south american neighbours!

    Feb 12th, 2021 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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