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Hotel union cancels strike vote

Director of Labour John Pinder said Atlantis employees have postponed their strike vote.

“We had a meeting this evening, and they have agreed to postpone it,” Pinder said.

“They just wanted to ensure that Atlantis does what it [promised], live up to what they [promised] they’re going to do; but it has been postponed. They do not wish to carry on at this time.”

The strike vote was scheduled for December 18.

On Monday, Atlantis told The Nassau Guardian it had resolved all of the concerns of the hotel union.

“All of the matters that the union had expressed their concerns over have been addressed by the resort, and we do not consider there to be any outstanding concerns that would warrant any industrial actions,” said Atlantis in a statement.

“Not only do we not see a basis for a strike vote, but have asked the union to withdraw any disputes filed thus far.

“We can only assume that the Department of Labour would endorse this position.”

But, on Monday, Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) President Darrin Woods said he had not been notified by the resort’s decision.

Following a meeting at the Department of Labour yesterday, Woods said, “What happened was they [have] withdrawn or discontinued the process for the bargaining unit (unionized and non-unionized) categories of workers, and also we’ll have discussions as it relates to the shift and how it will be implemented.

“With that in mind, we have withdrawn our request for our strike vote poll.”

He said the union will not request another strike vote unless “they renege on what they agreed to”.

He said the union is focused on negotiating contracts and rebuilding trust with Atlantis.

“After this last episode, we now need to rebuild the trust between both parties,” Woods said.

“Us trusting them is one thing, because based on their behavior, that’s why we’re hesitant. Now we have to put that aside and look at the bigger picture for our industry.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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