NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Davis, on Friday, reaffirmed his government’s commitment to addressing legislative gaps affecting casual workers, noting that such workers have long been denied the benefits, security, and stability enjoyed by their permanent counterparts.
Prime Minister Davis made the remarks while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Grand Bahama Shipyard’s $600 million transformation project. He emphasized: “Over the years, the issue of casual labor has remained a top concern for us. Many of these hardworking individuals, despite playing critical roles in our industries, have been deprived of essential benefits and financial security, ranging from the lack of insurance coverage to difficulties in obtaining job verification letters.”
The Prime Minister went on to point out that these workers have struggled to access credit, obtain loans, and avail themselves of other financial services that are commonly regarded as fundamental employment benefits, leading to a dire financial trap.