Roy­al­ton Work­ers Sus­pended!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Star Re­porter

Frus­trated em­ploy­ees of Roy­al­ton Saint Lu­cia voiced their griev­ances about con­di­tions at their work­place. It was a fi­nal re­sort for the bar at­ten­dants on 6 Septem­ber 2017. They claimed to have pre­vi­ously tried var­i­ous means of at­tain­ing suf­fi­cient uni­forms and more rea­son­able work­ing hours. Ac­cord­ing to one worker, Roy­al­ton Saint Lu­cia has bro­ken sev­eral prom­ises to em­ploy­ees.

“We were promised a healthy en­vi­ron­ment and healthy salar­ies whereas we are be­ing ex­ploited and vic­tim­ized,” she told this re­porter. “We were promised an in­crease af­ter six months of em­ploy­ment and were told by Hu­man Re­source that ser­vice charge would range from $500 to $700 fort­nightly. We have yet to re­ceive such amounts, whether the re­sort is at low or full oc­cu­pancy.”

The ho­tel em­ployee also com­plained about what she de­scribed as “the un­healthy con­di­tions in the Food and Bev­er­age Depart­ment”. She de­scribed that dur­ing the heavy rains, “We are serv­ing guests in bars filled with wa­ter. Some of us have been elec­tro­cuted on the job. Our shoes and uni­forms be­come filthy, with no re­place­ments. Some bars have no ven­ti­la­tion, which causes a ghastly odour. Our com­plaints are ig­nored.”

The Na­tional Worker’s Union (NWU) was fi­nally con­tacted by Roy­al­ton staff. Con­se­quently Mr. Ty­rone May­nard, Pres­i­dent Gen­eral of NWU, wrote to the ho­tel’s man­age­ment: “We have been in­formed by work­ers em­ployed with your or­ga­ni­za­tion of cer­tain in­dus­trial re­la­tions de­vel­op­ments that could in­ter­fere with the smooth oper­a­tion of your ho­tel. Your man­age­rial of­fi­cials must get it right and not en­gage in de­ci­sion mak­ing that could af­fect the ob­jec­tives of your oper­a­tion.”

On 8 Septem­ber twen­ty­plus em­ploy­ees re­ceived paid sus­pen­sion un­til 11 Septem­ber when a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing was held, to which ho­tel and em­ploy­ees are en­ti­tled to at­tend. Af­ter­ward some work­ers com­mented on the meet­ing: “Fu­tile; ab­so­lutely noth­ing came out of it.” Another sim­i­lar meet­ing was sched­uled for yes­ter­day (Fri­day).

Staff of the Roy­al­ton re­cently en­gaged in strike ac­tion cit­ing sub­par work­ing con­di­tions.

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