Hear former staff’s cry, hoteliers urged

Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins has chided employers in the tourism sector who have not responded to the plight of employees severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.

“It is not possible, members of the BHTA (Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association), that some of the issues that we are seeing in our communities right now should be happening because there has been no communication or little communication with the people who have served you for years on end,” Cummins lamented in her address to the fourth quarterly meeting of the BHTA yesterday.

Stressing that people must matter, Cummins commended employers who were keeping in touch with their workers, and encouraged those who were not, to do so.

“There are many of us that cannot be too far removed from the people who have worked with us day out and day in, year in and year out, that we cannot connect with them at a real level,” the minister told the virtual meeting, reminding hoteliers that there were people who had not worked since March. 

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