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Protest leads to Club land’or payout

A dispute over thousands of dollars in unpaid Christmas bonuses and salariesled to a protest byClubLand’or employees yesterday.

The protest came after the resort’s staff waited weeks for a payment that was already agreed upon by the union and hotel management. Following the protestClubLand’or executives had to pay out just over$15,000 to be shared equally between the roughly 60 workers at the property.

More than 20 of the resort’s employees protested outside the Paradise Island property, chanting”no pay, no work.”

Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union(BHCAWU)First Vice-president Godfrey Brice said while this particular dispute with hotel management has been resolved, the union will continue to hold management’s feet to the fire as workers often have to wait to be paid.

Guardianattempts to speak with the resort’s General Manager Winston Williamson were unsuccessful, with Williamson sending a message that he did not wish to make any comment on the issue.

The resort was recently threatened with legal action over tens of thousands of dollars in employee salary deductions for the workers’credit union.

In November, Club Land’or was reportedly$50,000 behind in payments to the National Workers Co-operative Credit Union on behalf of its employees.

“The money has been deducted from salaries, but not sent to the credit union…”President of the NWCCU Alfred Poitier toldGuardian Businessin an earlier interview.”It really is in poor taste for a corporate citizen[and]they need to do better.”

The property was recently put on the market, as the global economy culled occupancy levels for almost all properties on Paradise Island and New Providence. A$45 million price tag is now attached to the sale of the well-known membership club and hotel.

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