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Barbados: Sandals workers cry out; want PM to intervene

Employees at Sandals Resort are calling on Prime Minister Mia Mottley to initiate an immediate investigation into labour practices at the Christ Church property, which they say have deteriorated significantly and are not in keeping with the best social partnership traditions in the island.

Just a day after Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn said some hotels in Barbados were operating like modern day “slave plantations”, about a dozen employees met with Barbados TODAY and complained that Sandals was not only breaching labour practices, but was doing an injustice to the massive tax concessions which it had received under the previous Democratic Labour Party Government. Not only that, one irate employee noted, the hotel was not deserving of any further incentives which the Government announced yesterday it intended to pump into tourism to stimulate the sector in the present COVID-19 environment.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY under strict conditions of anonymity, one employee who said he had been with Sandals soon after its opening, explained that he had been home since March while an expat junior to him in years and experience in the industry was on the job carrying out an identical function to his.

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