NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Four Seasons Ocean Club said yesterday that it will continue to support and work with its employees through the transition to bi-weekly payroll from the previous week.
The move angered the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) and threatened them with industrial action.
In a statement to Eyewitness News Onlinethe resort said, “At Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, we value the well-being of our staff and strive to ensure that our resort functions as a great place to work for everyone.
Recently, we migrated to a bi-weekly payroll program after six weeks notice to all employees and the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union.
“All other terms and benefits of employment remain the same. We understand that change may not come naturally to everyone; During these six weeks, we have engaged a third-party consultant to provide weekly counseling sessions on the successful budgeting and tax planning to support our employees through this change.
The station added, “We will continue to support and work with our employees through this transition.”
BHCAWU president Darrin Woods said last week that more than 6,000 union members were effectively on ‘work to rule’ and had been instructed not to go beyond their job descriptions in their employment contracts.
The union’s position has been fueled by the Supreme Court’s recent rejection of its injunction request that would have prevented the Four Seasons Ocean Club from switching to bi-weekly pay and moving away from the previous weekly.
Mr Woods argued that the new payroll system is being introduced at the worst possible time during the low point of the tourist season.