Hotel Union happy for Baha Mar
After more than five years of waiting for the Baha Mar project to come to fruition, the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union(BHCAWU)yesterday expressed pleasure that ground was finally broken for the$2.6 billion development.
“We are happy that the ground has finally been broken and the project is getting underway, because at the end of the day, that will prove to be very beneficial to us as the hotel union,”said BHCAWU Secretary General Darren Woods.
“Now we are awaiting the next phase of construction which would mean that we are getting closer to the opening and more people being employed in our number one industry. It would be a big boost to our economy,”Woods said.
He spoke to the need for proper training for hospitality workers.
“What we are looking at is refresher courses, and as the world turns and things change we want to be on the cutting edge with service and we want the best minds to be on the frontline in exposing what we have to the world,”Woods said.
The project is set for completion in 2014.
Hundreds of Bahamians will be employed when the project is completed and opened.
According to Woods, this would increase the membership base of the union, which lost thousands of members over the past two years as a result of cutbacks in the hotel sector, stemming from the global recession.
“Once we are able to sign those persons up, that would significantly improve our membership base, which means we would be able to do more,”he explained.
Several major hotels on the Cable Beach strip including Sandals, Sheraton and Wyndham and Atlantis on Paradise Island were forced to cut staff as the worldwide recession took hold. While things have turned around slightly, there are still some drawbacks the industry has had to deal with.