‘Get out of bed! Take photos!’
Gah. One thing that gets this idle person out of bed is the news hunt. He knows it always works.
And. It did.
Yesterday we received a rather sickly card from our illustrious chief minister.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!
Justine, Fabian, Sebastian and Oliver x
Yeah. Right, we thought ironically.
When there are all the black workers coming across the frontier.
This morning someone had delivered their own Christmas greetings to Picardo. Maybe they’d had a Christmas card too and it stuck in their gut.
So, Judas Picardo.
Yup, quite right. The GSLP promised jobs at the last election and it started off swimmingly, to go rapidly downhill.
This time they didn’t even promise jobs.
Partner has met a couple of people from his old firm recently who have got jobs as labourers. On a government scheme at £900 a month. If these jobs need doing why isn’t the construction firm paying the going rate? Why is the government paying half of that? So it costs a construction firm just over a hundred pounds a week to employ a labourer for 40 hours a week?
Casais, referred to on the graffiti, is a Portuguese company. This is the company that ships in workers from Portugal, gives them contracts in Portugal and changes the T&Cs when they get here. They employ a minimum number of locals who get the requisite minimum wage. This is the company who had an unsafe site where a friend had an accident and they reluctantly took him to hospital and threw him at the bottom of the steps when he couldn’t walk.
If a job isn’t Casais, it’s JBS (Gib joinery and building services) a quasi govt company. And who do they all employ for the most part? Not locals. Why not? Well, Spaniards don’t answer back for one thing. When the firm says jump, it’s not how high, or how far, it’s ‘would you like me to fly sir?’ JBS has actually laid off a number of locals. And retained Spaniards.
Walking past another job, run by Koala Bovis, they don’t finish until 6.30 pm. And what language are they all speaking? Spanish.
Yes Picardo. Indeed you are a Judas. And a hypocrite for wishing us a prosperous new year.
It was quiet at 7 am.
An hour later, and other people were interested in this message. People were actually stopping their cars to take photos.
Oh. The two locations are on the King’s Chapel, next to the Governor’s pad on Main Street, and on the administrative buildings for the Governor’s office. Nice choice.
Do hope they didn’t get caught by CCTV :) It’s a message that needs saying.
You have a very merry Christmas too Fabian.