NWU urges Royalton to ‘get it right’ after staff protest

NWU urges Royalton to ‘get it right’ after staff protest

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.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply

    New Testament Verse of the Day:
    He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.

    – Revelation 13: 15

    1. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply

      ARE YOU REFERRING TO ROYALTON OR SANDALS?

  2. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm Reply

    Sing for your bread NWU, u cannot even adequately represent the people paying you but you want to over extend your inept and unprofessional office. Why don’t you address the young man posing as defacto shop steward with the truth and you real shady representation you offer. We all know what you’re here for. 20 bucks from at least 600 staff members, looks inviting eh! We all know what this is about, don’t take the minds of these young naive folks for a second ride one that will see them spending the money that don’t have for pappyshow representation.

  3. HS
    September 15, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

    I used to believe like some of the others here that the hotels are exploiters, just plundering the country. In actuality, they are supporting much of the economy. While there may be a spattering of Mexicans here & there, the hotels provide good jobs to many thousands of Looshans. There is way too much dependence though on the tourist industry. Need to diversify by attracting more call centers and especially Manufacturing jobs. Most people say that the unions are scaring off potential investors. While that is partially true, many are scared not by so much by “unions” but by “unreasonable unions”. One in particular that chooses to make threats,lies and personal attacks, divides worker from management thus killing morale and motivation. They are now trying to do the same at Royalton. This union is driving good companies out of the country and scaring many others from making investments. I suppose they don’t care because even though killin the country, the union is getting very rich. Tout sa yo ni, yo twape’y pa bobol

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