A meeting was convened on Tuesday the 16th of May with the Attorney General Minister of Legal Affairs Public Safety and Labour the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin representatives from the office of Legal Affairs and Senior Labour Officer Pascal Kentish and key Stakeholder, the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) to review the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Code (Amendment Draft Bill) 2019.
The AHTA, acting on behalf of its members, sought clarification on the Amended Bill and its impact on the hotel sector.
Mr. Alex deBrito Chairman of the AHTA explained that “he would like to commend the office for its update on the laws which are important in protecting the rights of the employees and that he is keen on ensuring that all members of the Association are abiding by the Labour laws of Antigua and Barbuda”.
Mr. deBrito went on to seek clarification on one area of the amendment as it relates to “fixed term contracts”. He remarked that “The matter of hiring temporary staff at certain points of the year to cover peaks in occupancy is essential for the sustainability of the individual resorts. We are looking forward to higher occupancies year-round, however our business at this time demands the need for temporary employees during these peak periods.”
The Honorable Minister understood the position of the AHTA and applauded the Association for taking the initiative to seek clarification of the Law and has stated that an amendment will be issued which specifically addresses the concerns of the AHTA.
The AHTA is looking forward to continued collaborations with the Minister and is pleased that the Association’s feedback will be sought prior to the implementation of future legislation.