Sandy Lane wages dispute now before PM
A contentious pay dispute between the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) is now before Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Barbados TODAY can report.
Outgoing Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer yesterday revealed that there had been some progress on the matter.
The St James luxury resort last December ended its membership in the BHTA after the association agreed an eight per cent rise in salaries and wages for hotel workers over a three-year period.
It refused to pay the increase, arguing that the workers had been given a good quality of living and a pension plan, upset employees complained at the time.
However, the matter, which had threatened to deteriorate into another major industrial relations battle, was referred to Stuart, and the hotel has since paid the three per cent increase, Springer announced while accompanying newly appointed BHTA Chairman Roseanne Myers during a courtesy call on Barbados TODAY.
“They have [also] raised the pay for the people who were being paid underneath the level, for I think, it was about six categories. There is still some further negotiations going on, but so far it is moving forward,” the outgoing BHTA CEO said.
Meanwhile, Myers said while the five diamond property was no longer a member, its well-being was important to the BHTA, which wants it back.
“There are some private issues that they needed to resolve, which we respect. But it is a phenomenal addition to the product; it has been intrinsic in the growth of the Barbados product.
“The fact that we are known at the top end [destination]is because of the iconic property, Sandy Lane. So we will continue a very close relationship with them until the final issues are sorted out,” Myers said.