Winchell Nominated To Chair Work Permit Group

May 30, 2013

Richard Winchell, Executive Director of the Association of Bermuda International Companies [ABIC], has been nominated to chair the Work Permit Stakeholder Group as a part of the review process, Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy said today [May 30].

The Minister said that “progress is steadily being made in this area”, noting that the Work Permit Stakeholder Group convened last week to commence deliberations regarding Phase II of reform process.

The Group has undertaken to deliver a proposal for the Minister’s consideration, which is expected to include a training and development component for Bermudians.

The Work Permit Stakeholder Group is made up of representatives from the Ministry, the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, the Bermuda Hotel Association, ABIC, ABIR, the Construction Association of Bermuda, the Bermuda Employers Council, the Bermuda Human Resources Association and the Trade Union Congress.

On April 1st, Phase I – the Implementation Version of the Work Permit Policies – took effect. This included the new work permit fees.

Minister Fahy said today, “We continue to take the necessary steps to strengthen our economy and stimulate job creation. This has meant that Government has had to take steps to make Bermuda more attractive as a place to do business.

“Our policies must be friendly to business while simultaneously protecting the rights of Bermudians to work in their own Country. This requires balance and we are working to ensure that we take a balanced approach. And in that regard, I want to reiterate that preserving, protecting and providing jobs for Bermudians remains our top priority.”

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  1. Ben Dover says:

    This comes a little late. You could hand out work permits for free at the Post Office. It doesn’t matter. The expats have already left or are leaving. It is done like dinner.