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  • john westgate
    June 29, 2014 - 05:50

    The government needs to stop giving welfare to able body people, there are plenty out there who are able to work, but just do their 12 weeks so they can sit on their backsides for the rest of the year. If you are able bodied, you should be out working. Nobody owes you.

    • a business man
      July 06, 2014 - 10:28

      Great post. However, the culture of working for 12 week is so engrained in our culture that I have given up on changing it. My new strategy is to move jobs out of Newfoundland, so that I can prevent people from getting the hours necessary to qualify for EI. I would rather see the lazy starve on the street that live of my tax dollars (employer EI premiums). So therefore, I will never ever create a job in Newfoundland, and I actively strive to move jobs out of Newfoundland (for a profit of course).

  • Corporate Psycho
    June 28, 2014 - 21:11

    Simple. Up the wages.

  • Restaurant Go'er
    June 28, 2014 - 15:45

    Raise your wages, increase your benefits, and lower your huge profits. I'm sure you will find suitable people then.

  • Morris
    June 28, 2014 - 15:14

    A telling opinion, “I think you’re going to see a combination of a shrinkage in hours and higher prices,” said Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada vice-president, responsible for Atlantic Canada." Missing in this prediction is HIGHER WAGES TO JUSTIFY HIGHTER PRICES!!!!! When your business model depends on low skilled foreign workers you can expect this problem!

  • Anon
    June 28, 2014 - 11:45

    If his business was that important to him, he'd pay living wages so he could get a cook. I'm not going to work for anything less than 15 or 16 dollars an hour. That's the bare minimum to make a living in St. John's. Not sure what it is in Happy Valley Goose Bay. But clearly he's not offering living wages if he can't find workers. No one's fault but his own.

  • Dee
    June 28, 2014 - 10:35

    Mr Hillier I can't believe that you can't get a cook to run your kitchen,or is it more like you can't get a cook at the rate of pay that you want to pay them which is probably not much better then min wage.I know jungle jims got to be doing good because here in St john's a family of four can cost a hundred bucks easy,and that's not drinks.I would think there's more to this then foreign workers.

  • Gerard
    June 28, 2014 - 10:08

    I wonder what the wage rate for the advertised positions was? Was it competitive in the local labour market?. One should expect to have to sweeten the deal to get people to work in northern locales and not rely on foreign workers.

    • vince
      June 30, 2014 - 18:04

      The only place that I could find this guy's add was jobscanadawebsite. He was only offering $13 to $16 per hr

  • Dianne
    June 28, 2014 - 09:24

    Would like to know how much he is willing to pay a professional Canadian cook? Gov't should not give into this employers needs. Also if the Gov't is willing to subsidize bringing in TFW's then they should be more than willing to mobility assistance nation wide or assistance to up the wages of hiring a professional. We need assistance for Canadians not assistance to employ individuals from a foreign country. It's appalling why employers are not advocating for this change as apposed to wanting the TFW program to continue???

  • W Bagg
    June 28, 2014 - 08:46

    The TFW may be advertised as to supply hard to fill jobs. Well if Lloyd Hillier can't fill cooks, but can get staff for other positions, perhaps the cook's pay isn't fair for the work expected. Let's face it the TFW program was created to supply cheap labour. It's funny how capitalism works, if lloyd could sell a meal for 75 dollars in HV-GB he would, but when the cost exclates, they all cry. The supply and demand is the fundamental principle of the western world and how capitalism works.

  • Saucy Face
    June 28, 2014 - 07:21

    What employers fail to mention is that a married immigrant worker can bring his entire family here and all avail of ALL OUR costly social programs such as EI on maternity leave, free education, various government grants, free drugs under the Newfoundland Drug Prescription Program and unlimited medicare at the cost of all of us the moment they set foot in the province. So as an example, this one immigrant worker earning earing $11 an hour serving coffee anywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador can have a wife and 5 children getting all this for one person making the minimum wage. How generous are we Newfoundlander and Labradorians to our so called 'private' business sector when one of our own cannot find a hospital bed to sleep in long enough to recover from a colonoscopy or a mother and her children in Nain cannot find a place to live in? Yep, a pretty sweet deal for our so called poor 'private' employers crying and complaining. I'm sick and tired of these outrageous subsidies when our own are in want.

  • Laughable
    June 28, 2014 - 06:33

    Sir, Here my question to you, would you work for the same money, your offering someone else to work for? If your answer is No. There your answer, Close your doors, some one else will fill in the Gap.

  • Ken Collis
    June 28, 2014 - 04:41

    All these business deligations keep saying the folks who "played by the rules" are going to suffer. Well, the rules have now changed. I'm sure if a dozen McD's and Jungle Jims closes, and I feel like junk food instead of something good, I'll manage. I also find it hard to fathom how a business could stay open on 5% before taxes. I just think that's false.