The National Workers Union (NWU) has urged the management of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa to ‘get it right’, after a protest by members of staff on Wednesday.
The union has also offered to mediate in the matter concerning the disgruntled employees who have accused the hotel management of failure to address work conditions that prompted the protest.
An estimated more than twenty Royalton employees from the Bars Department on Wednesday afternoon engaged in what they described as a ‘peaceful protest’ outside the resort compound, complaining about their hours of work and the availability of uniforms.
One of the employees told reporters that although adequate supplies are unavailable, the workers are still expected to produce to the highest standards.
There were also complaints about the hiring of Mexicans.
In a letter Thursday to the Royalton, NWU President General, Tyrone Maynard, said the union had been informed by the resort’s workers about ‘certain industrial relations developments’ that could interfere with the company’s smooth operations.
“It is our opinion that all Saint Lucians currently employed with your plant do appreciate the opportunity to contribute to your company’s overall development,” Maynard wrote.
However he said in the letter to Ricardo Esteban, the General Manager of Royalton, that ‘your managerial officials must get it right.’
The NWU boss asserted that the management of the Royalton should not engage in decision making that would affect the objectives of the resort.
Maynard said the NWU is prepared to meet with the hotel management team, should the workers of the resort give ‘the necessary instructions.’
The NWU does not currently represent Royalton employees.
Maynard’s letter was copied to Royalton employees and Acting Labour Commissioner, Cornelia Jn Baptiste.