Deputy General Secretary of the Antigua Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) Chester Hughes says there is still no clear explanation as to why the Sandals Grande Antigua will be closing its doors for up to five months.
During a Press conference on Monday, the Union announced that the Sandals Grand Antigua will be closed for up to five months to undertake essential maintenance work. Once the closure takes effect from September 20th, at least 700 workers at the Dickenson Bay property are likely to be affected.
Hughes while speaking on ZDK’s Open Forum described the announcement as shocking and totally unexpected.
In a letter to the General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union David Messiah, Chief Operations Officer of Sandals, Shawn DaCosta assured that in connection with the closure, Sandals intends to honour all of its obligations to its team members.
In light of the large number of workers expected to be affected, the Union is calling for the establishment of an unemployment fund to assist workers in similar instances.
This comes on the heels of the announcement that the Veranda Resort and Spa will be closing its doors from August 13th to October 13th.