Concern over Cave workers’ jobs
THE SECURITY of the jobs of Harrison’s Cave employees has been called into question given the proposed leasing of the tourist attraction to a private entity.
Cynthia Forde, Opposition Member of Parliament for St Thomas, said Government had a plan to lease Harrison’s Cave that was redeveloped for US$25 million to a conglomerate at “a pepper corn price”.
Speaking on Sunday evening at the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) St James South branch meeting at West Terrace Primary School, Forde told those gathered: “So my parliamentary question is to find out what will happen to the current workers who are under that board as employees; what will happen to the people with the small shops with their souvenirs and selling little trinkets?”
She also questioned why the housing solutions the BLP initiated for residents in the vicinity of the cave – the Housing Upgrade Neighbourhood Project – never materialised even though the $60 million loan agreement was signed. Forde said then Prime Minister David Thompson and then Minister of Housing Michael Lashley signed for the project in 2009, but after a six-year period Barbados could not meet the conditions of the agreement.
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