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BNCP Holds Protest At Sandals

Another political group yesterday lent their support to the over 600 workers that were let go at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort last week.

The Bahamas National Coalition party held a protest outside the Cable Beach resort.

Leader of the party Wesley Campbell said that historically The Bahamas was founded on unions and the strength of the labour movement.

“Several Bahamians gave up their lives so several trade unions could be established in this country and one of those unions was the Hotel Workers Union. It would be a national disgrace for an investor to come into our country and usurp our people of their dignity and insult us with this kind of behavior,” he said.

“As a party that fully understands and appreciates the sacrifices by those in 1942 we now realize we have a similar problem on our hands, so we come to stand on behalf of all workers in the country.”

Chairman of the union Andrew Stewart says Butch Stewart, the owner of Sandals, has blatantly shown his disregard for the workers and values of The Bahamas.

“The years of Sandals’ anomaly have made it particularly clear to all Bahamians that the Butch Stewart Brand’s mistreatment of Bahamians workers has been fraught with union bulling tactics; obstruction of justice of workers’ rights; blatant disrespect of our values; and mistreatment of our people; flouting of our laws; and astounding highhanded behavior in our present,” he said.

“It has reached a point where we have to say we have tolerated the Sandals Brand in our country for far too long.”

The BNCP called on the government to rescind Sandals’ permission to continue to do business in the country claiming that they are not a worthy investment or an exemplary asset.

Mr. Stewart also lambasted several political parties.

“No Bahamian should be subject to this kind of dirty treatment in his or her own land. We are here today to state clearly that the Sandals group will not be allowed to continue its presence in our country,” he said.

“We come to serve them official notice that the deal that they have made with the F.N.M. Government and have been continued under this cowardly PLP government will not find peace with BNCP.”

The Sandals Resort held the first day of its job fair yesterday, as a means of attracting new applicants.

The resort is scheduled to re-open on October 13th.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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