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    Will Riu's hiring of "Illegals"

    play a role in their "purchase", if there is a purchase, of the Radisson?


    http://www.24ora.com/policial-mainme...n-di-riu-hotel

    the photos speak a thousand words.

    Paraphrased.......Riu's renovation workers...some are illegal and have been arrested/detained. upon the arrival of the police/immigration officers, they scattered and some even jumped into the ocean. deportations will begin soon.

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    Very interesting. I wonder how much of a role the media takes in decisions like this or the authorities cracking down on their business practices.
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    from what i was told, the aruban construction workers protesed outside of parliament a few days ago. protesed unfair hiring tactics of the riu. that may have expedited the arrest of the almost 100 illegal construction workers.

    from what i was told, the hiring of illegal workers with large resort construction/renovation projects is nothing new.

    however, i think that the arubans have had "just about enough."

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    Very interesting. I wonder how much of a role the media takes in decisions like this or the authorities cracking down on their business practices.

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    Oh dear, oh dear - that won't be good for the RIU!

    Andrea, please keep us informed on the court case decision on whether the RIU get the Radison - thank you
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    here in the isa, there are jobs that many usa citizens will not do.
    ex: here in florida there are many thousands of illegals and those that are here on special work permits for certain jobs.
    what comes to mind, especially in my area are the migrant farm workers from mexico...hired especially for strawberry season. december -march.

    i wonder if a similar situation exists in aruba? certain jobs that the aruban citizen/resident will not do...therefore illegals or special permit workers having to come in
    to do those kind of jobs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    here in the isa, there are jobs that many usa citizens will not do.
    ex: here in florida there are many thousands of illegals and those that are here on special work permits for certain jobs.
    what comes to mind, especially in my area are the migrant farm workers from mexico...hired especially for strawberry season. december -march.

    i wonder if a similar situation exists in aruba? certain jobs that the aruban citizen/resident will not do...therefore illegals or special permit workers having to come in
    to do those kind of jobs?
    When we were looking at houses to purchase, our real estate agent explained that a lot of workers (and educated professionals: architects, engineers, designers etc.) had been brought in to build the Ritz-Carlton - she said it was all above board with work permits as the RC wouldn't want the reputation risk of hiring illegally.

    She did mention that a lot of native Arubans won't do service-oriented jobs as there's a cultural stigma to those roles. We heard this from a number of wait staff (Dutch) on the island as well.

    Somewhat similar to what's going on in the USA, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    ...She did mention that a lot of native Arubans won't do service-oriented jobs as there's a cultural stigma to those roles. We heard this from a number of wait staff (Dutch) on the island as well.

    Somewhat similar to what's going on in the USA, I guess.
    Interesting. An island that survives because of the tourist trade has a cultural stigma against working in the service industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    Interesting. An island that survives because of the tourist trade has a cultural stigma against working in the service industry.
    wonder if that is the reason you see so many Dutch residents on the island working everywhere....nice for the young folks...they can stay for a year on a work visa and still get to enjoy the island......wonder if I could pass for a Dutchie ?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by danadog56 View Post
    wonder if that is the reason you see so many Dutch residents on the island working everywhere....nice for the young folks...they can stay for a year on a work visa and still get to enjoy the island......wonder if I could pass for a Dutchie ?????

    Exactly. The three wait staff we discussed it with all said that it's great for short-term but then they go crazy because the island is so small... they head back to the Netherlands.

    I imagine a serial dater goes through the mill pretty quickly!

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    This has nothing to do with the RIU.
    The Riu was told hire local contractors to do the job.
    It seems that they are the ones that hired THEM!

    This is what Aruba does, surprise inspections!

    It can even happen at some of our favorite restaurants on the Island...

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