Several members of staff of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa were suspended with pay on Friday, pending a disciplinary hearing on Monday, September 11, 2017, which will determine their future with the company, St Lucia Times has been reliably informed.
According to reports, the resort is contending that employees in the Bars Department who engaged in a protest outside the hotel complex on Wednesday had in effect, abandoned their jobs.
Letters issued to them by the hotel have invited them to attend a ‘Natural Justice Hearing’ regarding their ‘unauthorised departure’ from their work.
The protesting bar staff had complained to reporters about conditions of work, insufficient uniforms and the unavailability of materials to effectively perform their duties.
They also complained about Mexicans being hired by the resort.
On Friday, September 8, 2017, the National Workers Union (NWU) wrote to the General Manager of the Royalton, offering to play the role of mediator and urging the management of the resort to ‘get it right’.
“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,” NWU President General, Tyrone Maynard wrote.
St Lucia Times has reached out several times to the Royalton to obtain a statement regarding the protest by its employees and the claims they have made, but without success.