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TCI Employment Ministry meets with RitzCarlton Resort Executives

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#TurksandCaicos – November 24, 2020 — Honourable Vaden Delroy Williams, Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services, accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Mr. Desmond Wilson, Deputy Secretary Mr. James Astwood and the Commissioner of Labour, Mr. Edwin Taylor, accommodated a fruitful introductory meeting with Senior members of the soon to be opened Ritz Carlton Resort, Providenciales, on Tuesday 17th November, 2020.

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The meeting which got on the way at 2:00 pm was held at the office of the Premier with the following persons: Mr. John Hazard, Mr. Corey Guest, Roberto Spita and Mr. Steven Redkoles. A number of topics were covered, some of which are as follows:

  • Turks and Caicos Labour Laws (those that are most important)
  • General pay (including required or non-required service charge and distribution) & benefits offered on island;
  • Medical, dental and other required and standard insurance provided to employees;
  • Pension/Retirement plan requirements that are offered in the industry to employees;
  • Vacation, holiday and sick leave entitlements;
  • Local vs. Expat differences and any potential requirements as it relates to Live-in/Live-out, pay and benefits;
  • Offer Letter/Work Agreement templates and requirements;
  • Retention rate
  • Partnering with any schools, colleges, and Vocational Institutions that have Hospitality or Culinary or Engineering/Technical programs to discuss partnerships for internships and offering leadership and development courses;

Mr. Guest, the Multi-Property Director of Human Resources during the meeting said that when I exited the plane in Turks and Caicos last year, I felt an immediate connection with the island as it truly felt like home. We look very much forward to a successful opening and partnering with you and the community.

RitzCarlton Turks and Caicos rendering; scheduled for completion mid-2021

Hon Williams in his remarks stated that he is very elated about the Ritz Carlton Resort coming to the Turks & Caicos Islands next year, as this is a world-renown hotel brand. Hon. Williams went on to say that he is confident that the opening of this resort will create major employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for the residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and is looking forward to the Ritz Carlton team working closely with my Ministry team during the various phases of the project, to ensure that the end result will prove beneficial to all.

The Ritz Carlton on Providenciales is scheduled to open mid-2021.

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TCI Man tries to escape major Gun Trafficking case, caught in Provo Airport

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, March 1, 2024 – He was reportedly trying to flee the Turks and Caicos last Thursday February 16 and now he is arrested and charged as among the people allegedly part of a gun smuggling ring.  GINO GERBEX, who was caught in the airport trying to evade authorities is the brother of LORENZO GERBEX.  Lorenzo has already been before the courts and is granted $20,000.00 bail with conditions.

Gino Gerbex is the older brother and was checked in for a flight out of the TCI when he was taken into police custody and taken before the Court to face gun charges; the man has been remanded to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

While one brother was on his way out of jail on bail, that is Lorenzo Gerbex; the other brother, Gino Gerbex, was on his way into prison on remand on gun conspiracy charges; that was Tuesday February 20.

Both brothers are formally charged with conspiring to supply firearms and ammunition following a six month long investigation.

He appeared before the Hon. Chief Magistrate Mr. Jolyon Hatmin charged with conspiring with JUMILLO ISMA, now deceased and others to supply guns and bullets in 2022 and 2023 in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Chief Magistrate explained to him his limitations in such an indictable case and transferred the matter to the Supreme Court for April 10th, 2024. The elder Gerbex was also remanded to that date but can apply for bail in the Supreme Court at any time.

Three others, RYAN SMITH, JAMES FERGUSON AND LORENZO GERBEX have already been charged in this conspiracy ring and with others not yet named.  Smith, Ferguson and Gerbex have been granted bail.

A fourth accused SHAKEME SEYMOUR who had asked for time to consult an attorney or apply for legal aid had his matter, on Tuesday February 20th, transferred to the Supreme Court by the learned Hon. Grand Turk Resident Magistrate Ms. Patricia Arana.

He was remanded to the same Sufficiency Hearing date of April10th. He too has the right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.

It is anticipated that the older GERBEX brother will be granted bail in a matter of days.

It is not clear if officers of the Serious Crimes Unit have exhausted their arrest list in this matter, evolving from the reported discovery of a cell phone found in a white Fuga car in 2021, believed to be left behind when Isma fled the car.

Jumilla Isma was gunned down in October 2023 mere yards away from the departure terminal of the Providenciales International Airport; he too was trying to flee the Turks and Caicos Islands on a British Airways flight but was murdered, along with another young man, Mike Forbes, before he could board the plane.

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GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS SICK OUT ACTION OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS

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PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (March 1st, 2024): The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) assure the travelling public that all measures are being implemented to mitigate the sick out action by Air Traffic Controllers at the Howard Hamilton International Airport.

All agencies – The Office of the Governor, The Office of the Premier, The TCIAA, The Turks and Caicos Royal Police Force, Experience Turks and Caicos – are working together to ensure that our travellers are not inconvenienced.

Our law enforcement partners, the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force have affirmed their commitment to ensure the safety and security of travellers, airport personnel and the TCI community amidst the challenges posed by the action of the Air Traffic Controllers and are working with all partners to ensure safety.

All travellers are advised to check with their relevant airlines for any possible delays.

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Industrial Action at TCI Airport

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Hon. Edwin A. Astwood
Leader of the Opposition

 

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Movement is currently monitoring the ongoing industrial action at the Howard Hamilton International Airport, our nation’s primary gateway. It is disheartening to know that our workers’ job dissatisfactions, in particular the Air Traffic controllers, have reached a point where they saw that it was in their best interest to take this stance here today.

The PDM believes in being proactive rather than reactive, and that discussions to ensure the workers’ satisfaction at the Howard Hamilton International Airport, should be ongoing, and discrepancies and complaints should be addressed at their earliest time to minimize dissatisfaction.

Delays at the airport are not good for anyone: not good for our people who have to travel to and from our family islands, not good for persons traveling to seek medical attention, not good for visitors leaving to return home, not good for visitors who have chosen the Turks & Caicos Islands and have the choice to cancel and go to another destination to go on vacation, not good for the taxi/tour operators and our people working in the tourism industry, and not good for the image of the country.

This also underscores the critical need to engage the International Labor Organization (ILO) to conduct a thorough assessment of our outdated labor laws. This review must encompass both the public and private sectors to safeguard against any exploitation, mistreatment, or under-compensating of workers in our country,

The People’s Democratic Movement is dedicated to this cause and is committed to formally engaging the ILO to conduct a comprehensive review of our labor laws within the first 30-60 days of assuming Office as the new government of these islands. Additionally, we stand steadfast in implementing any recommendations for improving employee well-being, job satisfaction, and productivity, while also providing the environment for business long-term success.

By adopting a comprehensive approach that considers the needs of both the workers and the businesses, the Peoples’ Democratic Movement believes that our country can create a balanced regulatory framework that supports economic growth, protects workers’ rights, and fosters a fair and sustainable work environment for all stakeholders.

The PDM is the ANSWER…

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