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Apes Hill staff off the job

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Apes Hill staff off the job

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MORE THAN 40 employees of the high-end Apes Hill Club are off the job, after being locked out of their place of employment this morning.

And deputy general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Dwaine Paul is far from happy about it.

Paul is currently outside the upscale tourist spot meeting with the entire maintenance department staff complement, and has hinted they will stay away until a number of issues have been resolved.

Paul claimed that Apes Hill management was on hand at the St James venue but were refusing to meet with the BWU.

The deputy general secretary also accused the Apes Hill Club of acting in bad faith and refusing to acknowledge the BWU as the bargaining agent for the maintenance staff.

He said that at a meeting earlier this week management assured staff a salary increase was in the pipeline, but that the Union was still concerned about a number of other issues which remain unresolved and go back at least nine years.

Efforts this morning to reach Apes Hill chief executive officer Donovan Bagwell to comment on the situation proved futile. (BA)