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Bahamas: Woods: Some engineers to return to Atlantis, positive sign toward reopening

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the Atlantis Resort prepares for its December 1 reopening, Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) President Darrin Woods said some engineers were expected to return to work this week.

Though he could not provide figures, Woods said the return of those engineers was a positive sign the resort was preparing its rooms after previous reopening dates were pushed back several times due to COVID-19.

“We understand some workers are going back to work in some areas of the hotel as early as tomorrow in different departments; some in the maintenance department, which signals something is getting ready to happen,” he told Eyewitness News.

“…With persons in the maintenance department going back to work that means there is work now. You are going to start to prepare the rooms; check to see how the rooms are; and if any work needs to be done in these rooms and then I guess the next thing would be to see housekeepers because there has to be some preparation of the rooms.”

However, Woods said the limited dialogue between the union and management has bordered on “disrespect”.

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