Royalton hotel staff stage protest

Royalton hotel staff stage protest

Staff of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa staged what they described as a ‘peaceful protest’ Wednesday afternoon outside the hotel compound.

An estimated more than twenty employees of the resort are said to have taken part in the action which began at around 5:pm and lasted until about 7. pm..

They expressed concern about conditions of work.

“You have people who have been working here from day one who have like one shirt – uniforms to work.You ask for a shirt – it’s not there, it’s coming, it’s coming – we don’t have any uniforms to really work with,”one of the protesters explained.

“Sometimes you get a shift – a 3-12 shift, the next day you have like a 7-4 shift and like – I don’t know how you supposed to do that if you live distant places. You have to leave here at 12, but what time do you get at your home?” The woman declared.

According to her, the employees were still trying to work with the company but get “written up” for everything.

She explained that the concerns have been communicated to management but the workers are being ignored.

Another employee said the protesting workers were from the bars department.

“The Mexicans are coming in and taking our positions,” she complained.

That employee claimed that a lot of goods are running out but the hotel expects high ratings.

“That is impossible because if we do not have our goods to work with such as pineapple juice or sodas, alcohol – it affects our service because all of us are passionate about what we do,” she said.

An employee complained that the protesters were not allowed to reenter the resort.

“We have been kicked out basically and we have persons with their vehicles in there, persons with their bags in there and they have basically told us we cannot enter the property,” the employee said.

Senior managers of the resort were not immediately available for comment.

The  US$250 million Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa officially opened here is  March this year, touting the creation of 800 permanent jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

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47 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply

    Why does government give every Tom Dick n Harry work permits to take our jobs. I don’t know what is in their brain. Nonsense

    1. Any
      September 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm Reply

      Just like nothing is in yours, you all complain that we give away our own jobs yet we don’t want to work, pappishow alone and useless talk, chpz

    2. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply

      mgkvygyxfhcuy

  2. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

    Hmm sad situation are those workers unionized though?

    1. mama
      September 7, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply

      Most workers are not in a union..

    2. no
      September 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm Reply

      UNION are you kidding man? So many lazy guys sleeping, even pissing around, and you want a UNION? This is the best strategy to ruin the island.

  3. zee
    September 7, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply

    So sad to hear that this is happening to hard working people. That’s what happens to our people when government allows these money grabbing investors in the country to use our people and treat them like slaves…..yes slaves. They don’t give a toss about the workers as long as the money comes in. The Labour department needs to intervene and put a stop to this. These people are human they have rights…they are not animals. I am not a Lucian but I live here and it is truly sad to see st Lucian being treated this way at any place of work by these foreign investors. Come on people it’s time you right for your rights. Other neighbouring islands right for their rights please do the same

  4. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

    The HR manager not doing her job. What’s new with her?

    1. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply

      They love big job and to floss on other people, but cannot do the work. SMH

    2. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply

      But she have bills she cannot even pay,…….so of course she desperate and easy to control

  5. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 11:27 am Reply

    Lmao. Everyone who works at royalton knows that it is slavery. High class slaver. Them low wages 4:90 5:19 6.25. I mean super j workers getring more. That hotel is bordelais with all deh rules, before u open ur mouth to speak u get written up. Bar ppl get 5:19. Laundry get 4.90. U know how mamy ppl dat walk out or got fired from there. As for laundry bordoose, that manager peatal john and the nola supervisor.. Two old incompetent humans. The petal self firing ppl non stop. A Nice lady was hired as coordinator, look they just fire her. Scores restaurant self… Hmmph. Thts y ppl will never stop teefing bottles from the bars.

    1. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

      I hope you know that the nice lady was fired for STEALING. Always talking on the outside looking in.

      1. Rod Elias
        September 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm Reply

        That nice lady was fired dir stealing???? Stealing what, ….she didn’t steal anything, she got her co worker a name badge and inform the fat duck from HR … Don’t try and tarnish people reputation…. Who they have to fire is the supervisor that drinking Heineken in the valet room on Saturday when the manager not there, she make nuff ppl fet fired already but don’t worry karma is a bitch… The nice lady on her feet if u think she down…!

      2. Anonymous
        September 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm Reply

        no she wasnt, get ur facts straight, d day i was workin mornin, she came to colllect her cheque, i ask her, my girl wah happen, she gave me the whole situation. karma is coming for that short, hypocrite. y she eh fie herself? i saw d two pics they had of her in the group chat ee. walking around property thinking she high and mighty.

        1. Rod Elias
          September 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm Reply

          Nicest lady u could a find in that department, always had a smile a nice greeting trying and help in whatever way she can use to make u smile to them ppl is just fight down inside there doh worry ms coordinator u will always be a better woman than them two fight downs in that place and thwynwant ppl to feel u steal, I working there she eh steal nothing

          1. Nice lady
            September 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm

            Which nice lady

    2. Sad
      September 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

      vye volere

  6. Curious
    September 7, 2017 at 11:30 am Reply

    Hotel Industry in St Lucia is SLAVERY reincarnate.

    1. mama
      September 7, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply

      yes it is.. at least with the slaves they were not forced to smileeee…..

  7. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

    These are some of the problems with the tourism industry, it seem like every day is something different where hotels are under paying and ill-treating their staff or treating them as slaves. This should not have been the norm in this day and age but it continue to be a major problem and nothing is being done about it.

    This is why I am in full support of the banana industry because tourism does nothing for our GDP, it’s about what you export.

  8. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Smh…where is the union representative…i thought it was the law to have a workers union represent the staff..then again…when hotels like sandals ..bay gardens . .coco palm….which is indirectly owned by our own prime minister…there will be no workers unions for these hotels….. nothing will happen..trust me…change starts with our leaders…

  9. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Look Millie take it…

  10. We need action!
    September 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Let me tell you all a little story…. We as saint lucians are easy to manipulate/fool every and anything they throw at us we just accept it! It is in our Dna most of us are of African descendants which were vey rebellious but idk what tokk place we just lost our will to fight! And sadly those who ate trying to fight back are not being heard because of the majority who are doing nothing about the bullying and corruption, extortion and unfair/slavery treatment of our people…. Imagine i never ever in my life on this earth would comprehend our own people are the ones enslaving us!

    1. no
      September 7, 2017 at 7:23 pm Reply

      Oh dont come with that slavery thing. THE ENTIRE PLANET has to work hard, no matter your color or your country. ONLY LOOSHIANS think they can lime around, work badly, play the big mafia… and than complain. Looshians are disappointing. It was not like this 20 years ago, our parents used to work hard, nowadays its just complaining.

  11. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

    They want to make you work all long hours no time for yourself or family and plus want to treat you like dirt at the back of it. Not I pappy Joe I left dat.

  12. Child of God
    September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Massy next

  13. Addictive
    September 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Talk about Mexicans taking Yall jobs…
    Some of Yall voted for this government and still defending them on they policies…..i say this to say this….soon it will be the Chinese.

    1. no
      September 7, 2017 at 7:25 pm Reply

      I WANT MORE MEXICANS AND MORE CHINESE. We Looshians are to lazy. It is good they take the jobs, which are NOT OURS. Jobs belong to those willing and beeing able to work hard. WORK IS A PRIVILEDGE AND NOT A RIGHT!

  14. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

    IT IS EVIDENTLY CLEAR SOMETHINGS ARE WRONG. FROM THE FIRST ILLEGAL STRIKE THE HR TEAM SHOULD GO AROUND SPEAK TO THE EMPLOYEES FIND OUT WHATS IS GOING ON. GO TO BRIEFINGS\ MEETINGS, SIT WITH THEM AT LUNCH, WALK THROUGH THE BARS, RESTAURANTS, KITCHEN, HOUSEKEEPING, FRONT DESK, OFFICES ETC.

    THIS HOTEL IS HUGE AND LOTS OF WORK TO BE DONE. HR TRAIN YOUR STAFF, SITTING IN YOUR OFFICE WILL NOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.

    EMPLOYEES YOU CANNOT STRIKE LIKE THIS IT IS WRONG.
    TEAM UP GO TO YOUR GM, HR ETC.

    $5.19 AN HOUR PLUS SERVICE OF $300.00 OR MORE NOT TO BAD

    WORKING 3PM-12 AM AND COMING BACK AT 7:00 AM IS WRONG
    PRODUCTIVITY WILL BE LOW FROM THE TEAM.

    THE FOREIGNERS NEEDS TO ABIDE BY THE LAW OF THE COUNTRY. YOU HR PLEASE FOLLOW UP.

  15. Melody
    September 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Modern day slavery. Our people are not valued in this country, that is why we see a push to open more and more hotels, so that our people can get the menial non paying jobs, whilst the foreigners get the top positions and big salary. These managers have no respect for our people and the labour laws…they believe that our people are hungry and will work under any conditions for peanuts!

    1. no
      September 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

      Dear Melody, do you live on planet Earth or on Mars? Don’t come with the slavery story. The entire PLANET has to work hard. Lazy people get hired. Just Looshians are to stupid to understand this, and invest more energy in complaining than focusing on their job.

  16. No name
    September 7, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply

    It’s our government we have to blame we employ them to take care of us and the don’t not red not yellow take for example security officers die on the line of duty and the money that are being paid to them is just surprising ppl it’s red and yellow you have to blame for our current suitations

  17. G
    September 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply

    I work in st Lucia in hotel industry. The expats are not the problem. It is the lucians that gain power that begin to act like space owners. And the people thieves non stop. Just because you make low wage does not give you a right to steal.

  18. Nutz
    September 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    The firm can only do what Royalton tell them to do

  19. Proud St. Lucian
    September 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply

    For all of you talking about slavery…you do know that everyone has a choice. Your parents spent their monies and sent you’all to school…so what’s the problem? Some of you just want to come in the people work place and do bare minimum. ..before you accepted the job you were told what the hourly rate would be..so I say you really aren’t making sense…if you don’t like it then leave..no one is forcing anyone to work…secondly if you are not provided with the resources required to do the job that is expected of you then there is huge problem…address the situation with your immediate boss or the General Manager or Human Resources….striking like this is not the answer…use you’all heads and try not to fall prey to stupidity…use your rights in the right way…

  20. no
    September 7, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Beloved Looshians you are pathetic. Everywhere on the planet people has to work HARD. You think to work hard while.. you want a brake after 1 hour work, you spend lots of time on your phone, you spend lots of time chatting with others, you piss in the bush instead of going to the toilet, to often things get stolen. The only thing you do is complain. I’m ashamed of this mentality. This is the reason because we are a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. Example? In the US a waiter goes cleaning if there is no customer, even if everything is already clean! Why? This person is payed to WORK for 8 hours, not to bullshit around 4 hours. But sure, go on complaining. Those REALLY hard working make debts, become self employed and make big money. All the others: go back to the bush crying.

    1. Raulston
      September 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm Reply

      Agreed

  21. plantation owner
    September 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm Reply

    OH just shut up, and do the job you applied for and were hired for. You’re at the bottom of the ladder. Work hard and move your way up the ladder to the top, where the pay will be better. Everbody wants to start out being de boss. “Royalton” has enough bosses. Get to work and start liking it, morale needs to improve.

  22. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 11:18 pm Reply

    Every hotel will be slavery associated work….yal should have stuck yal sandals

  23. Iannoyed
    September 8, 2017 at 1:24 am Reply

    HR needs to go home she needs to have her people at heart, she needs to stand for her people these people work and don’t follow the laws of the country cause they are afraid they will be sent home. Royalton is just name but working in that industry is slavery beyond, nothing you do is good enough for them, they don’t appreciate if you try to do right you get send home. Our union is nonsense they need to step up also our government stop accept ing day passes and free food to see your people use. You can do better start working for the betterment of us people

  24. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 5:36 am Reply

    Lmao those comments though. U all make my day.

  25. Concerned
    September 8, 2017 at 6:10 am Reply

    Based on these comments, it appears that there is a serious problem with stealing. The root of the problem needs to be dealt with. Even the securities are thieves, one stole a staff mobile phone and disappeared, very sad. This will affect the image of the company, management you must get your act together or there will soon be no hotel.

  26. Mwen fachè
    September 8, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply

    Most people taking about Lucian’s here is probably sitted in the united states and Canada eating government welfare money, please shut up. Whilst I was up there post office workers strick for ten cents raise, in the us and Canada workers strike for a million different reasons, most people talking here talking straight out their . They don’t know law, neither do I cause I deal with things radically. When my parents worked at the hotel years ago they were able to build a house buy my school stuff and put food on the table because inside of massy stores wasn’t so expensive, by capital management things used to swing , now things are super expensive and the check used to be more , so I don’t understand how that maths work, I know well respected people who work at hotel who struggle too much, and I know girls with kids who still have to swing on a side to send their kids to school because hotel money ain’t cutting it. Listen closely my fellow Lucian’s, do u see the category of people starting to vacation here, some people who come to saint on vacation are practically low lives in their country yet still able to take a vacation, we on the other hand struggle to eat KFC twice a month, some right, but Lucian’s don’t like to work, y’all with y’all stupid comments, but thank god for social media where people can openand not be seen, mwen fachè (Words deleted)

  27. Browneyes
    September 8, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply

    It’s a looshan thing… first day on the job they running high and low doing things outside of the job description… few weeks down the line they get comfortable and start following the bad eggs and then everything break loose… looshans need to take their work serious all the time they’re unemployed they out der talking bout government this and that… they get the job and fuck around… minimum wage is better than no wage at least u get to have bread on your table… work hard to elevate yourself so then there wouldn’t be a need to bring in Mexicans… if you’re forming the fool then I’m comes the foreigners to put u all in line…. prove to management that you guys are able without them…stop complaining! Gosh man

  28. unknown
    September 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

    we lucians like to sit on our behind to much and depend on others and complain about everything majority of the team members were already employed and did sign a contract stating salaries before they got hired y now everything is a problem stop bringing the sandals roles in the people hotel .

  29. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply

    a lot of talk here from some people who never worked in the hotel industry ..I agree that there are some lazy individuals and yes having a strong work ethic is not in everyone but some of the comments here are just (Word deleted) …who feels it knows it ..and this is coming from an honest( passionate about his job) hotel worker ..who sacrifices much and receives little in return …what was promised at the interviews was not and has not been kept by the employers at the royalton resort …

  30. Anonymous
    September 10, 2017 at 4:59 am Reply

    You staff too damn disgusting! I am a staff as well and the picture y’all are painting of the resort is far from the truth. It was about damn time they dscipline y’all because everytime they fire a manager y’all quick to abandon y’all posts and then talk about y’all salaries too low. How the f$#@ are they supposed to charge the guests more to increase y’all service charge when y’all affecting the guests experience amd affecting the rating of the property! How will they ever be able to pay y’all more when they hav to keep the prices low because y’all idiots fail to do y’all job properly!? Stay at y’all f-ing homes and give people who want to work a chance. They should fire all of y’all idiots!

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