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.