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Hope for workers


RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Hope for workers

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THERE IS SOME HOPE for workers who might find themselves on the breadline when Almond Beach Resort closes in April.

The Heywoods, St Peter hotel will make way for construction of Sandals Beaches Barbados in September, which is slated to open by 2020. 

General manager of Almond Beach, Craig Smith, told the DAILY NATION he had talks with his superiors about the way forward for the more than 250 Almond workers, in light of the expected closure. 

“We will try to absorb some [workers] within the Sun Group, because we have three or four other hotels. As we get closer to closure, the plan is to set up interviews with other hotels and HR departments to set in-house interviews in the event that they have vacancies they could give our staff an opportunity. 

“We have some really great staff down here. We’ve even approached Sandals as well to have them come down and do some interviews and screening, and see how it goes from there. There is a lot of uncertainty, but so far the staff has weathered it very well,” he said of the 250 full-time employees and 40 seasonal workers.  

Smith noted, however, that although Almond was expected to close in the next four months, he was concerned about the impending beach work to begin in February. 

For more details on this story, please read today’s DAILY NATION or the eNATION edition.

 

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