Appeal To Businesses: ‘Just Employ One Man’

July 5, 2016

The recently-founded charitable group Brothers of Bermuda is seeking the public’s assistance with its “One Man, One Week or One Month” effort that aims to assist men on the island in finding employment.

A spokesperson said, “Brothers of Bermuda, a new organization that came into inception earlier this year, is made up of professional and laymen throughout Bermuda.

“The newly formed charity is attempting to provide support to men, young and old who, for whatever reason, have come on hard-times here in Bermuda.

“Since March, they have been silently providing food, clothing, and other basic needs. In addition, they are now hoping jobs will be on the horizon.”

Rollin Nathan Bermuda TC July 5 2016

Brothers of Bermuda founder Rollin Nathan said, “I am recognizing men are committing crimes just to go into prison where they will have a clean bed, clean clothing, and food to eat.

“When our society reaches the point where prison is the brightest hope for a man, we have lost our society.”

With this in mind, he has created the slogan “One Man, One Week or One Month,” and is reinforcing his initiative by seeking assistance from the community at large.

Mr. Nathan said, “My appeal is to the businesses in the community or in Bermuda period- just employ one man. Just give the man hope, give him a chance.

“I am asking please, one man, one month, or one man, one week. If you can only employ him for one week, I know this will be blessing for that person.”

For more information or to offer assistance to the effort, contact Rollin Nathan on 705-2985 or via email at

Men seeking employment should register at the office of the Bermuda Conference of Seventh Day Adventist, located on 41 King Street, from Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Registration can be done at the Hamilton Seventh Day Adventist Church, adjacent to the conference offices, from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

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  1. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    What happens when you give this person a chance and they end up screwing it up?! Happened before numerous times…

    • Thinker says:

      It’s attitudes like this that keep us separated.
      When you were learning to ride a bike did you give up because you fell off one? Twice? Three times????
      Stop making excuses for your beliefs about local workers!!!!!!

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        It aint an attitude it’s a reality. um local and have given pure guys a chance for a job. guess what happens give them a couple weeks and they start showing up late, show up drunk or whatever, not dressed appropriately, etc. i could go on. i’m all for locals and sending foreigners packing! There are Bermudians who are amazing don’t get me wrong but how can I help you when you hurt yourself first and then want me to still help?

      • Andrew W says:

        No, but when I fell off my bike it didn’t cost thousands of dollars, it didn’t require my parents to change all the locks on the house, it didn’t leave the rest of the family living in fear that the next time I fell off my bike it would be at their house, and it didn’ t need a restraining order.

      • Awake says:

        Hey thinker! Are you an employer or are you just talking to hear yourself? I’ve been employing BERMUDIANS for 30 plus years! Some are great and still employed while others DON’T GIVE A FLYING FIG whether they show up to work or not! So, don’t sit there on your high horse and make excuses for LOCAL WORKERS who DON’T WANT TO WORK no matter WHAT IS GIVEN TO THEM AND PROVIDED TO THEM TO BETTER THEMSELVES! You don’t have a clue what you’re talking about…and the same goes for your “listening audience”!

        • Spit Bouy says:

          @ Awake,

          Thank you, you crushed it!!

          The persons you called out don’t have a clue and sadly never will!

          Employer of nearly 20 years.

    • Coffee says:

      Like the time the FCO hired a governor for the Island of Bermuda … Well he left Bermuda under a cloud of suspicion … Employers take chances on people everyday , from the governor to the premier (cannon) to the average hamburger flipper .

  2. takbir Sharrieff says:

    Do for Self ,,,,,,,is the best program offered to any able bodied man or woman in any society./Anywhere./Self and kind included those in our society who could not ,,,,Do for Self,,,,,,for any reason whatsoever.It was introduced into Bermuda by the Muslim followers of the Honourable Elijah Muhammad and immediadetly his paper was banned until this very day,,,, it was called,,,,Muhammad Speaks…If his advice would have been followed by Bermudians we would not now have been in this pickle that we find ourselves in.Truth crushed to earth will one day,,,rise again.Peace.

  3. innna says:

    too many foreigners taking BERMUDIAN JOBS!!! send them back….

    • OBSERVER says:

      TO inna:
      Agreemment wholeheartedly.

      SEND THEM BACK.Bermudians must get 1st preference.

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        So apply for the jobs at Buzz, cleaners, jobs that foreigners hold, etc. Have you done that yet?

        • The Original Truth™ says:

          They probably need a degree that say’s they are a coffee making technician degree and that they have 5 years experience in making coffee to land a job at buzz. Sadly Bermudian’s don’t have access to recto university to get a coffee making technician degree.

          • Zevon says:

            Perhaps the BIU could invest some of the millions it has collected into setting up a competitor to Buzz.
            Employ only Bermudians, pay them over your “minimum wage”, give them 70 days sick and 33 days vacation, charge low prices. Show us how it’s done. The BIU could easily do this. It would create jobs for Bermudians. If tgey don’t do it, there must be a reason why.

          • Onion Juice says:

            Not that simple, the foreigner makes $15 an hour but has 10 people helping to pay rent while de Bermudian does’nt have that privilege.

            • Preview says:

              LOL! Those privileged foreigners…

              • Ed Case says:

                Yes those privileged foreigners living ten to an apartment. Actually eleven to an apartment, they are so lucky. Bermudians need to stop moaning and get it together. We had a bartender apply for an it data security job last week. And he was pissed off that he didn’t get the job. The job is still vacant cos we can’t find a Bermudian.

          • scoob says:

            There’s a kitchen steward job on the jobs board today. No experience needed.

            Good opportunity to get a foot in the door and work your way up.

            • Onion Juice says:

              How much an hour?

              • Zevon says:

                Interview, impress the rmployer, get the job. Then discuss wages.

                You want “how much will I get paid. Otherwise I won’t bother interview”.

                That’s why you’re a loser and a failure.

              • Ed Case says:

                If you are asking how much, then you aren’t desperate. Pathetic Bermudians need to start to compete and stop moaning. All you have to do is show up and work. Yet so many can’t seem to do that. Bermudians haven’t had it bad enough yet. It’s easier to complain.

          • Jus' Wonderin' says:

            Stop making excuses….have you tried?!

      • innna says:

        i was taking the piss to see if someone like you would comment… and ya did

      • LOVE says:

        Yes, if a Bermudian is qualified, has a strong work ethic and meets the requirements than he/she should be first preference, but an employer should not be made to hire a Bermudian if there’s shady work background, unqualified and a piss poor work ethic. Therefore, foreigners are hired because the demand is not being met by locals. Businesses are in it to succeed and prosper, not to fail because of inadequate staff.

        • Onion Juice says:

          No, foreigners are hired because employers can break every workers right policy without resistance.

          • Preview says:

            They have less rights afforded to them by policy. Who makes those policies? These are not foreign policies…they are Bermudian policies. Why are the unions not fighting for them. Wouldn’t that raise the bar for all workers and create a level playing field? Or is it convenient to have a disadvantaged working class in some instances…but not in others. I find it odd that foreign workers are being maligned because they may be more vulnerable to employer abuses and that having a greater ability to protect your rights is being spun as a disadvantage. Level the playing field and all might benefit.

      • Hair says:

        Bermudians don’t wanna work!!! geesh just robbing is their profession!!!

      • Spit Bouy says:

        @ OBSERVER & innna,

        Spoken like the unknowing pay cheque earners that you obviously are.

        Just for fun, so how many Bermudians or anyone do either of you employ?

    • Silver bullet says:

      Send all of us so called Bermudians back..

  4. Thinker says:

    Great call and I applaud you for seeking a solution to the problem!!!

  5. Ann says:

    I think it is a positive step, only concern, will they be drug tested?

    • OBSERVER says:

      TO Ann:
      Always finding fault with Bermudians.
      Were you or have YOU been drug-tested??? Check yourself!!
      Foreign workers have faults too.

      • Ann says:

        Observer, yes I have been drug tested and passed with a certificate. The ONLY reason why I ask about the drug test is some of the positions in labor force are dangerous, and sorry don’t think people are willing to put their other BERMUDIAN workers at risk. Some employers care about their staff! And your crazy thinking people would hire foreigners if able, reliable, trustworthy Bermudians would present themselves, it is a huge expense to a company hiring expats, and not simple, immigration tries to place Bermudians, but unfortunately in many cases for some reasons some Bermudians don’t make time and have a lot of excuses, companies aren’t a babysitting service or a school!

        • Onion Juice says:

          Um Ann, can you name one country in this world where people dont make time and make excuses. Um tired of you mother f!@#ers using Bermudians as a target, only because we are small and our pool selection is limited,its more amplified.

    • Say Whaat? says:

      I beg your pardon?!? Why do they need to be drug tested Ann? Don’t be a FOX news supporter who thinks that all of the unemployed are on drugs.

      • hmmm says:

        Then there is not problem with a drug test is there.

      • Ann says:

        The answer is simple say what, drugs are illegal, people need to know what they are hiring for insurance purposes.

  6. Real Deal says:

    I signed up for hussel truck a few months ago and have not heard from them yet. good luck getting this to work.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      No wonder you haven’t heard back from them yet . You signed up at the wrong place.

      It’s ‘The hustle truck ‘ you were looking for .

    • Zevon says:

      That is how you get a job though. Sign up, wait several months, then complain. That’s the sure-fire path to success.

  7. George says:

    First and foremost we need to have an honest and sincere conversation with ourselves as a community about the employment situation on the Island.

    Employing the unemployed for the sake of it is not the answer.

    We can start that conversation by asking ourselves as a community a couple of questions and by answering them honestly;

    Why is it that so many people of employment can not find jobs?

    Is it because the jobs do not exist?

    They do not have the skill set?

    They do not have the work ethic to maintain their own employment?

    They are being squeezed out of the market by low wages or unfair employment practices?

    etc. etc.

    Until such time that we address the underlying causes of unemployment/under employment on the Island we will not be in a position to resolve this issue.

    • OBSERVER says:

      TO George:
      Bermudians do not get the jobs because Bermudians have been DISPLACED. The foreign bosses PREFER their own. One day, this foolishness will all stop.
      How can a foreigner come here,with arrogance and foolishness, set up a business and deny the educated, qualified, polished Bermudian.
      One day, these practices will stop and we Bermudians have the number power to make that difference.

      • Factual says:

        “How can a foreigner come here,with arrogance and foolishness, set up a business and deny the educated, qualified, polished Bermudian.”

        Observer: clearly you are not one of those educated Bermudians. Name one foreigner and his company that just came here, set up and denied anyone. That’s not how it works. Fact. Move on. Stop blaming everyone else for your inability to hold down a job. Plenty of us out here holding down jobs just fine with no problem.

      • hmmm says:

        @ OBSERVER…so Why doesn’t the qualified polished Bermudian set up their own business?

        What is with your hateful and Xenaphobic rant ?…”One day, these practices will stop and we Bermudians have the number power to make that difference”

        • Onion Juice says:

          Because to set up a buisness takes money and de foreigner is in de circle of money.

          • Spit Bouy says:

            @ hmmm,

            So true. But you see OJ’s pathetic response, cowardly and dumb all in one. When people look for excuses not to do things there’s no hope for them.

      • George says:

        The day “this foolishness will all stop” Observer is when you and I and the community do something constructive to address the obstacles to employment and not continue to make idle threats against those “foreign bosses” because they are easy targets i.e. they have no political voice to demand change of our elected officials! As has pointed out to you below Foreign Bosses can’t set up a local company without the support of a Bermudian partner. So in effect the question you should be asking is why do Bermudians not want to hire Bermudians? Education, qualifications and one’s “polish” is only part of the equation, one’s work ethic, level of motivation are other factors which are crucial to getting and keeping a job. Making sure employers are aware of and follow employment law/policies is also crucial to making sure Bermudians have access to employment opportunities and are treated fairly once employed.

      • SpitBouy says:

        @ OBSERVER,

        How about more Bermudians like yourself open businesses that will hire more Bermudians?

        Oh wait I forgot, that’s someone else’s responsibility isn’t it?!. Sighs

  8. bluebird says:

    Now lets not forget the “GOLDEN RULE”
    he who has the “GOLD RULES”
    That might be too deep there Observer!

  9. ok says:

    Lets be our own job creators! With all these tourists here at this time! Think of something to make money from them! Clearly going around begging for a job is not working and they don’t want you there!

    Put forward your craft and be CREATIVE! (cooking (bermuda foods), making a drink (special swizzle recipes) making something, music, put together a show or make kites) ! Think of something to sell to Tourist and be Empowered! Stop relying on these people to answer your problems and give you a job, they don’t want you around.

    • Sounds great and all but... says:

      First of all, none of these things that you listed can sustain ones living expenses. That’s not even a guaranteed pay check. It is easy to say be our own job creators but everyone is creating their own now, soon enough the markets will be saturated because Bermuda is small and everyone does the same things! Only so much one can do when starting out with limited funds

  10. Joe says:

    first get rid of the gays now the foreigners next we will be giving out gold stars and painting doors Bermuda we are a mess crabs in a bucket!zis

  11. hadenough says:

    a foreigner cannot just come here and set up a business so why don’t you name the business in question and lets address it

    • planeasday says:

      Clearly you have not looked through the list of registered companies here….

  12. Terry says:

    After reading all these comments the best thing they can do is just ask them to come to that place on Front Street and Parliament at 4pm every Friday and write them a check.

    Were screwed.

  13. LOVE says:

    I’m all for this program and hope it works. I just hope that the men who get the opportunity to benefit from this actually take advantage of it in a positive way. We need to be truly honest with ourselves that there are a lot of Bermudians who feel that rules do not apply to them. My husband has to hire Bermudian over foreigner and its a constant struggle to get them to commit to a standard work week and that there are consequences when policies are broken. We’re always in the process of hiring because we can’t get an employee to commit to the minimum requirements.

    • George says:

      This is the kind of story that needs to be told as part of the honest conversation we need to have as a community re. employment, work ethic etc. There is no need to belittle or make it an us versus them (that servers no purpose but to create further division) but at the same time we need to take a long hard look in the mirror as a community and be honest about the challenges we face in developing/creating employable Bermudians. Yes a lot of this is about individuals taking responsibility for their own actions but we can all help by contributing to the conversation as you have LOVE.

    • I heart 441 says:

      What type of work is it? Blue collar, is the pay minimum wage, any form of education needed for the position?
      These factors will solidify why you have a high turnover of employees.

  14. wow says:

    Yet another charity aimed at helping men finding employment. I guess women are chopped liver and don’t need help.

  15. I heart 441 says:

    The average Bermudian cannot compete with expat workers in low paying jobs, here is why. The expat more then likely has no major responsibilities while working in Bermuda, his/her family resides in some second/third world country. The BErmudian has a family and wants to maintain his social life.
    The typical age for the expat worker in low income jobs is over 30 yrs old, the Bermudian usually is under 25.
    The expat is underpaid,over worked but will not complain cause the money he is making is 10 times more of what he will get in his/her home country. Very few citizens of any first world country will work with Those two conditions.
    Bermudians have typically been spoiled as in they can find another job easily based on who he/she knows. Times have changed where that no longer is the case.
    Expat workers in low paying jobs will not be late, back talk to their boss, will not say no when the boss asks to work late or on a holiday and at times won’t even take a lunch break, why, cause they know their work visa can be revoked easily. So people, how is the average under 25 year old Bermudian suppose to compete with an expat like that?
    Furthermore, the Bermudian owners of the company pay a lot less then what the position should be offered all so that they can pocket that money.
    A perfect example of this is the Mexicans working in the US .

  16. O.M.G says:

    Bosses would rather hire locals because the don’t have to get work permits but the problem is they don’t want to do a full week or make time unfortunately. That’s why we do have so many foreigners in this island. Yes I do agree that the wage per hour needs to be raised. People learn from there home live and this started many years ago. Start to teach your children to be responsible for there own actions and stop blaming everyone else. Make them do chores again at home this will help. Mothers stop babying your sons please

  17. the struggle is real says:

    I believe this group could provide great assistance to the unemployed by setting up workshops on professionalism, business communications, how to write a resume, codes of conduct and what is expected in the professional workplace. I understand the sentiment behind ‘hire a man for a week’ but that’s not going to achieve much if some individuals lack employable skills or more importantly, attitude and ethic.

  18. Awake says:

    There’s CLEARLY a lot of HATERS in Bermuda! One day, when you begin living in a 3rd world country (where Bermuda WILL be heading as long as the “foreigner” attitude continues), you’ll be asking Jesus for His mercy upon you and your family! You – such as INA and OBSERVER above – are a bunch of cry babies who haven’t YET experienced the wrath you deserve. Shut your mouths, get off your lazy tails and DO SOMETHING to help all our brothers and sisters!