NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (August 29, 2018) — Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis is calling on persons working illegally, or under the radar, on the island to register with the relevant authorities.
Mr. Brantley made the call at his monthly press conference at the Nevis Island Administration’s Cabinet Room at Pinney’s Estate on August 29, 2018, while addressing the issue of employment on the island.
“I continue to beseech people to do the right thing to get their work permit if they are non-nationals, to register with Social Security because what you put in is what you get out and to ensure that they are on the rolls…
“We have done everything. We have granted amnesties, we have granted reduction in work permits, we have done everything to encourage people to do the right thing and I keep saying from this rostrum, that if after doing everything to encourage them to do the right thing and they insist on doing the wrong thing, then you cannot be upset with anybody if there are consequences,” he said.
The Premier said he believes in giving people every chance by demonstrating to them they are welcome to come to Nevis. However, they have to conform to the laws of the land.
Mr. Brantley stated that at present, the employment figures which have seen an increase of 4.9 percent in the second quarter of 2018 over that of the first quarter, may not reflect the true number of persons employed on the island.