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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.

5 Responses to Sandy Lane wages dispute now before PM

  1. jrsmith June 30, 2016 at 5:47 am

    What needs to be made clear why some business in Barbados just think they can do what they like ,when they like ,on any terms they like on the people of Barbados ..

  2. Alex Alleyne June 30, 2016 at 5:49 am

    “A good quality of living and a pension plan”…. So therefore, you won’t get a pay increase… NO KIDDING.
    Did the heavy-rollers at Sandy Lane receive a bonus in the given 3 year period ????.

  3. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke June 30, 2016 at 5:55 am

    What is this Apes Hill part 2?

  4. BaJan boy June 30, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Don’t expect no decision soon as this lazy fellow will be asleep.

  5. Green Giant June 30, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Bajan Boy, sometimes, just sometimes you should stop being blinded by the little silly issues such as ” the lazy fellow being asleep.” The PM really shouldn’t get involved in every dispute I must admit, but the question I will ask, and all barbadians should be asking is. Why did he not get involved in the other disputes, why just the Sandy Lane issue. The fact that this hotel has broken ties with the BHTA is another issue. In my opinion since they have stepped outside the fold they should cease to benefit from all entitlements of BHTA members, I hope this is the case.

    Issues such as these should make realise indeed there is one Barbados for us and another for them. Sadly whoever was in power would have done exactly what the PM is doing. It happened before under the previous administration and Sandy Lane is expecting that to be the status quo.

    Our leaders are constantly spoiling these rich foreign nationals and preparing the pitch for uprisings in the future. When this coming generation has had enough, they will resolve issues differently.

    It’s time these expatriate investors are made to understand that when they come to rome they march to the roman beat. When you go to developed countries you don’t ever step outside the agreed processes. They section you and you are deemed to be unstable. They constantly try to destable us as a means of control.

    So for once lets forget about who is lazy and who is silent, and all the other names and focus on not only Sandy Lane but the other expatriate manipulators in this country. @Bajan Boy


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