League Express Concern At Work Permit Exemptions


The Celtic League has written to the DED Minister, Laurence Skelly MHK, expressing concern at plans to further diminish Control of Employment protections (see below):

“The Minister for Economic Development
Mr Laurence Skelly MHK
Department of Economic Development
St Georges Court
Upper Church Street
Isle of Man

4th February 2016

Dear Minister,

I read with concern plans by your Department to further diminish control of employment provisions by allowing exemptions to certain categories of IT professionals.

Given that the Island Education Department over many years has invested in ensuring the development of information technology skills in young people and when this is such a potentially lucrative career for IT savvy young persons to enter it strikes me as the height of folly to dismantle provisions in place to safeguard employment opportunities.

Rather than dismantle the safeguards would it not be more prudent to look at how existing control mechanisms can be fine-tuned so that businesses faced with shortages of appropriate IT staff can facilitate a permit more easily.

It appears to the public that the once vital safety-net in a small Island community of Control of Employment legislation is being steadily demolished by successive governments.

This government has acquired a reputation for selling the employment right of Isle of Man workers to the interests of the business community.
Work Permit provisions were rightly put in place to defend our workers and I do not have to tell you that a section of the Manx workforce has no employment rights in the European Union.

I do not see other countries dismantling their legislative safeguards to facilitate Manx born workers so why are you and this government traducing the few protections that do exist here?

Yours sincerely

Bernard Moffatt

Director of Information”

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