THE STAGE is being set for another major industrial relations battle as the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) gears up to take on top luxury hotel Sandy Lane.
Union officials met yesterday with upset workers at Solidarity House over issues relating to salaries and wages. Before the meeting began, workers told the media they were being short-changed by the prestigious St James hotel.
“Sandy Lane don’t want to pay the salary increase negotiated with the BHTA [Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association]. They told us they are no longer part of the collective agreement or with the BHTA,” one woman said.
The BHTA recently announced an eight per cent increase in salaries and wages over three years. However, the workers said hotel management told them they had been given a good quality of living and a pension plan, but the workers said they contributed to that plan and the hotel’s contribution was “minute”.
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