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Hotel labor issues--see Today's Royal Gazette

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Hotel labor issues--see Today's Royal Gazette

We have been long time visitors to Bermuda both by ship and by plane.

We have occasionally run into problems with the transportation system because of unannounced labor stoppages. When this happened to us, we were always upset that no one seemed to want to let the tourists know what was going on until after the event.

The labor stoppages now look like they could be spreading to the hotels as noted in the Royal Gazette lead news story today (2.5.14).

If you have plans to visit Bermuda anytime soon, you may want to read this and contact your hotel.

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1. Re: Hotel labor issues--see Today's Royal Gazette

Sorry, I should have posted the paper's site

http://www.royalgazette.com/

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2. Re: Hotel labor issues--see Today's Royal Gazette

Well it has already affected the transportation system, not sure whether buses and ferries are running again this afternoon. Hope they resolve the issues quickly and in an orderly manner for everyone's sake.

We'll be there as usual for three weeks later in the spring. May have to be prepared to do more walking !!

Edited: 06 February 2014, 16:12
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3. Re: Hotel labor issues--see Today's Royal Gazette

Strike is over. Hotel gave in to union. Guess prices are going to increase to cover workers who were not needed.

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Blame the hotel largely for this one. They handled it horribly from the start. You have to know the CBA. It's stupid of management to inform the union of the redundancies 36 hours before they're due to happen and then try to force the remaining workers to fill the role of their colleagues who were made redundant without following the proper process.

Absolutely, I can see how there would be a diminishing need for bar porters in particular- they're simply no longer needed. I agree the bartenders could certainly cover what the bar porters do. However you're never going to get anything but resistance when you break the CBA and go about it in this manner.

I thought the union was wrong for shutting things down and I hate that that happened, particularly at a time when we're struggling to attract tourist and foreign investment in general. But again, blame the hotel for sparking that too. The hotel tried to go to arbitration but refused to reinstate the workers through the process. If they are going to arbitration they MUST reinstate the workers until that process plays out. Agree with it or not, that is the agreement that is in place between the 2 parties. The hotel management should have come to the BIU weeks ago and said these positions were no longer needed and taken a different approach. They could've looked to see if these workers could be re-assigned to other positions- ironically that is what has happened now to them. There could have been open discussion and they could've avoided all of this.

If they had done that from the start, they would not have ruffled the feathers of everyone and kicked off this ridiculous chain of events.

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