BHCAWU president: Protecting jobs comes first if Atlantis is sold

BHCAWU president: Protecting jobs comes first if Atlantis is sold

NASSAU, BAHMAS – President of The Bahamas Catering and Allied Hotel Union Workers, Darrin Woods, on Wednesday expressed that while the union is looking forward to a possible sale of the Atlantis Resort, their main concern is to ensure that there are no terminations if a sale is in fact finalized.

Arawak Homes Chairman, Sir Franklyn Wilson revealed to media this weekend that there was a “high possibility” that the mega-resort would have a change in ownership.

Woods explained that to date, no phone calls have been made to him as it relates to a bid to purchase the resort. He noted, however, that the union will be doing its homework if there is a sale, to ensure that employees are not negatively affected.

“You could appreciate that this was the first working day of the year. But we don’t see any pending sale or sales to cost any job losses because you are talking about over 7000 jobs at stake,” Woods said.  He added, however, that the hotel needs a buyer who is in the business of hotel rather than asset management.

“The actual sale is something that we have been looking forward to because Brookfield is an asset management company and they’re not in the business of hotels, but they are holding on,” he said.