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Bahamas: Baha Mar to govt.: “Treat our employees fairly”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Baha Mar President Graeme Davis yesterday encouraged the government to do its part and “act fairly” toward Baha Mar employees over NIB unemployment benefits, which numerous employees have reported not receiving in many weeks.

Davis, who appeared as a guest on ILTV’s Beyond The Headlines with host Clint Watson, said he would like for Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to intervene on the matter.

“Look, I understand the government’s perspective, but clearly we have been making ex gratia payments since we closed the resort on March 25. We made a commitment to all of our associates that we would pay an ex-gratia payment, a significant percentage of their salary, while we have been closed throughout the summer; through the extensions of the unemployment benefits, right up to where we are today — we are paying ex gratia payments to all of our associates.”

According to Davis, the resort has paid over $70 million during the period of closure to make a “significant impact” to support employees and communities.

The Baha Mar president said he was unaware of any other private company in The Bahamas that has made a commitment that the resort has.

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