Newly elected chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers is not happy with the level of attention paid to human resources issues in the sector.
Myers said while a lot of time was spent on negotiating salary agreements, “some of the real HR issues are not being dealt with”.
Myers, general manager of Atlantis Submarines Barbados, said while there were pressing issues that the industry needed to “put to bed”, such as the Employment Rights Act and the Shops Act, other issues relating to human resource were of equal importance and ripe for further discussion among stakeholders.
“The fact that the non-communicable diseases are wreaking havoc with our workplace, we haven’t addressed health and wellness programmes for our staff that we can control; the high level of absenteeism, why is it there? What can we do about it? What are the best practices form an HR perspective that we need to adopt to get this industry to be more productive?
“I feel that hand in hand with the Barbados Workers Union those are the constructive and positive conversations that we need to have,” Myers said.
Delivering her report at last week’s annual general meeting, Chief Executive Officer Sue Springer said a wage settlement for hotel workers was reached between the BHTA and the Barbados Workers Union during the course of the last year.
The eight per cent increase in wages dates back to December 2014 with a 2.5 per cent increase in the first year, three per cent in the second year and 2.5 per cent in the third year.
“Discussions are still continuing with respects to six outstanding terms and conditions contained within the collective agreement. We would like to thank Sir Roy Trotman and the Barbados Workers Union for recognizing the challenges that the hotel sector has faced over the past five years and for working collaboratively with the sector to find a workable solution for the wages,” Springer said.