Around 80 construction workers employed by Imperial Pacific International will leave the island starting today, prior to the January 2020 expiration of their H2-B visas, local media reports.
The 80 workers are the first of a total of 150 Taiwan nationals that have been asked to resign.
One worker said he believes they have been asked to resign as they are “more expensive” than workers from Mongolia.
He said IPI was paying him $22 an hour, while Mongolians will get around $11 an hour.
“I heard them saying, ‘Taiwan guys more expensive.’ They asked me to resign, I’m okay. I’d rather go back to Taiwan and find work there,” he said.
He and 79 others are scheduled to leave the island today, while others are still waiting for their plane tickets.
The Building Safety Code Division of the CNMI Department of Public Works recently notified Imperial Pacific International about alleged IPI violations pertaining to the ongoing construction of its casino resort.
The Imperial Pacific casino has been been given a six-month extension for payment of US$20 million it owes the Northern Marianas government.
A District Court for the NMI declared that Imperial Pacific International has no 5th Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination as she denied the firm's request to suspend the court proceedings in the lawsuit of seven construction workers who have alleged labor and other violations.
Commonwealth Casino Commission Chairman Edward Deleon Guerrero claims that his body is the only one authorized to suspend or revoke the gaming license of Imperial Pacific International.
Cash-strapped Imperial Pacific International is making yet another proposal to the CNMI government; this time to allow it to pay its US$15 million annual casino license fee in installments. IPI has also requested that its license fee be slashed by 50 percent, include a smaller contribution to the community benefit fund, and provide for an […]
CNMI Governor Ralph Torres has signaled his fundamental lack of direction on the question of how to handle Imperial Pacific International and its inability to meet its financial commitments. Although the governor had issued an official letter just last month informing the firm of his intention to suspend or revoke its casino license as a […]
A $9.4 million claim by the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands’ tax department should come before the claims of former contractor Pacific Rim Development in a legal dispute, local media reports the Office of the Attorney General as saying.
Imperial Pacific International Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs Tao Xing has told the government authorities in CNMI that the firm is extending the contract of some of their 260 foreign workers to allow the possibility of reopening in future months. These workers are employed under a special CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program, using a so-called CW-1 […]
Perhaps figuring that a good offense is the best defense, Imperial Pacific International has taken the remarkable step of accusing the CNMI government of breaching its casino license in an attempt to divert blame from its inability to pay its US$15.5 million annual licensing fee. IPI Chief Executive Officer Donald Browne addressed a letter to […]
CNMI Governor Ralph Torres has issued a letter to Imperial Pacific International informing the firm of his intention to suspend or revoke its casino license as a result of its failure to pay its US$15.5 million annual license fee. IPI CEO Donald Browne has earlier informed the government that it was currently unable to pay […]