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Sandy Lane workers meeting with union

Carlos Atwell, carlosatwell

Sandy Lane workers meeting with union

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WORKERS OF SANDY Lane Hotel are meeting today with the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) over salary issues.

Prior to this morning’s meeting, workers told the media Sandy Lane was not paying the incremental salary increases negotiated between the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and BWU as they said they were told the agreement no longer concerned Sandy Lane.

They said hotel management informed them they were already being paid well and had a pension plan but the workers said they contributed to the pension themselves and Sandy Lane’s contribution was “minute”.

Speaking to the media shortly before the meeting, deputy general secretary (industrial relations) Dwaine Paul said the prestigious hotel had previously decided to pay some of its workers above market rate but this number was a minority so it would be disingenuous for it to argue that point now.

 He said the matter went back to the last round of salary negotiations which he said Sandy Lane defaulted on so this was the next round.

Paul said two meetings were scheduled with the other slated for 5 p.m. in order to accommodate the workers’ schedules. (CA)