Galley Bay GM assures job safety

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Workers at the Galley Bay Resort & Spa, who this week expressed fear about job losses, are being assured they have nothing to worry about.
Employees attached to the 98-room all inclusive resort expressed concerns that their jobs were in jeopardy after at least ten of their colleagues were sent home.
The workers told OBSERVER media, that this was rather usual during the slow months as lay offs would normally be the last resort for the management of the company.
According to one worker, who did not wish to be named, a rotation system or shorter work week is normally introduced around this time of the year.
However, Manager of the property, Alex Debrito, said the temporary situation usually occurs when the hotel has a low occupancy rate.
“Every time we have low occupancy and we need to do some work on the property we try to establish a relationship with the staff for shorter weeks. This summer we need to, so some of the rooms [will be able] to get ready for the September period so we have lay-offs. Nothing to worry about,” Debrito said.
He further explained,” Staff should not be worried, we already have a good percentage coming in for September and October, November is also looking good.”
Galley Bay employs a total of 235 permanent staff and up to 50 temporary workers when the season is at its peak.
The GM said the management of the resort will be seeking to upgrade the property to increase its competitiveness.
He also said Galley Bay will not be closed for the summer.
Several other properties, including Sandals Grande Antigua Resort, and Blue Waters have already announced closure dates.

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