An estimated 400 employees of St James’s Club Morgan Bay are now jobless, the latest casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The employees were made redundant as of Friday after months of being off the job without pay.
One of the former workers who spoke to St Lucia Times on condition of anonymity expressed relief, although she disclosed that the money she received from the hotel was not ‘all that’.
“They called us one by one saying we had to come to the hotel and collect our packages – every day certain departments were coming and collecting their packages,” the woman, who said she had worked with the hotel for the past 15 years, explained.
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The National Workers Union (NWU) which represents the hotel workers, held meetings with the management of the property.
“We said if there is uncertainty regarding reopening, we cannot leave our members out there in that kind of pain, so we agreed with the company because we made the proposal that they should pay everybody one time and move,” NWU President General, Tyrone Maynard explained.
He said the workers would be paid in groups
“So in other words, they would pay a group of workers every bit due to them as it relates to severance, notice, vacation, and after that they would pay another group all they are entitled to,” Maynard stated.
He vowed that the NWU would continue to represent the hotel employees and not abandon them.
“We also told the company we hope some understanding would be established so that if the company reopens operations in October, December, that these workers would be given serious priority,” the veteran trade union leader said.