Uighurs Job Loss: “Can’t Afford To Keep Them”

October 14, 2010

The four Chinese Nationals were laid off with “because of financial constraints,” according to an article in the Washington Post. The Post quotes Rushan Abbas, who initially came to Bermuda to act as their interpreter, as saying “The government praised the men in the letter, saying they had worked hard and done their jobs well, but that it could not afford to keep them.” It was announced yesterday that after being laid off, the four men have found alternative employment within the private sector.

An excerpt of the article is below:

The ethnic Uighurs from western China received letters Friday from the government stating they would be laid off at the end of October because of financial constraints, the friend, Rushan Abbas, told The Associated Press.

The government praised the men in the letter, saying they had worked hard and done their jobs well, but that it could not afford to keep them, Abbas said.

To our knowledge, this statement has not been officially confirmed by any local Government sources. Read the full article on the Post here.

Update Oct 17: The Post issued a correction today, stating that the Associated Press, citing their translator, erroneously reported that the government sent the termination letters. The translator, Rushan Abbas, now says the letters were sent by Port Royal Golf Course.

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  1. LIonel says:

    Amazing that they got jobs so quick, when it is alot of Bermudians still unemployed. We doso much for other before we help our own

  2. Lies Lies Lies says:

    This is quite remarkable since changing jobs can be very tough for foreigners. Of course the employer must advertise the job in the paper for three days in a row, then interview all Bermudian applicants. Then you must state to immigration the reasons you were unable to employ those locals. This can take several months yet these four individuals seem to be set immedietly. If I was an unemployed Bermudian right now, I’d be some kinda PISSED OFF! Unless I was a blind follower of he who will shortly be riding off into the west. And to think the other countries were paid millions for this and we apparently did it cos we’re nice!

  3. D says:

    “The government praised the men in the letter, saying they had worked hard and done their jobs well”

    We’ve all got reference letters and we’ve all got experience. That does not justify why new jobs were handed to these men.

  4. Adrian says:

    Ask the government, what did you do for these men and why can’t you do the same for the other unemployed people?

    Whatever they did, it seems to work so well!

  5. Truth is killin' me says:

    And this is who I voted for in ’98…PATHETIC!!!My brothers and sisters have no jobs but these 4 got laid off and rehired in not time at all!!!!!!!!!

  6. terry says:

    See my comments on face book if you care. And actually written before similar were posted on other blogs/forums.

    Off too Port Royal…got a job as a goffer………………………….