Scores of Atlantis Employees In Bahamas March For Redundancy Pay

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — More than 100 protestors, many of whom were furloughed and frustrated Atlantis employees, marched downtown after several failed attempts and police interventions yesterday.

Organizers planned to march at 8am from the park at the bottom of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island, but were turned back by police officers.

As protestors began marching on Bay Street around 8.30am, officers told them to return to the park to continue the demonstration as they did not have a permit to march downtown.

As they sought to divert onto Dowdeswell Street, protestors again met a cohort of officers who redirected them.

Dave Beckford, an Atlantis employee of 25 years, said: “We have the right to protest, we have the right to march.

“And this injustice is against us hotel workers. We are the backbone of this industry.

“We are saying to Atlantis, give us our money. Redundancy is in our laws and we call on the prime minister and minister of labour to speak to us.”

He added: “We are not being treated fairly. Are we to stay furloughed forever?”

A mother of six, who said she and her husband have been out of work since the resort closed its doors in late March, questioned how their family will survive with mortgage payments looming over them.

“Me and him now does not have a job,” she said.

“This is hitting both me and my husband and we have a family to take care of.

“What are we supposed to do? They just run us off the park and tell us to go home or we are going to get locked up. Now, we decide to walk on Bay Street and they are telling us go back to the park.”

Officers continued to usher demonstrators toward the park.

“And this injustice is against us hotel workers. We are the backbone of this industry.

“We are saying to Atlantis, give us our money. Redundancy is in our laws and we call on the prime minister and minister of labour to speak to us.”

He added: “We are not being treated fairly. Are we to stay furloughed forever?”

A mother of six, who said she and her husband have been out of work since the resort closed its doors in late March, questioned how their family will survive with mortgage payments looming over them.

“Me and him now does not have a job,” she said.

“This is hitting both me and my husband and we have a family to take care of.

“What are we supposed to do? They just run us off the park and tell us to go home or we are going to get locked up. Now, we decide to walk on Bay Street and they are telling us go back to the park.”

Officers continued to usher demonstrators toward the park.

“I want to be a business owner. I want to depend on myself and no one else.

“I worked there with integrity for many years. I need y’all to have integrity and pay me.”

Baker said she wants the best for the resort, and the issue was not about “loyalty to Atlantis; I have to be loyal to me and my child.”

Baker said her daughter, who has maintained full-time employment, has helped with keeping them afloat.

She also said her landlord’s only form of income is her rent payments, insisting that if she fails to pay “she (her landlord) can’t buy groceries for herself”.


https://ewnews.com/furloughed-frustrated-scores-of-atlantis-employees-march-for-redundancy-pay

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — More than 100 protestors in the Bahamas, many of whom were furloughed and frustrated Atlantis employees, marched downtown after several failed attempts and police interventions yesterday.

Organizers planned to march at 8am from the park at the bottom of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island, but were turned back by police officers.

Atlantis Hotel Bahamas

As protestors began marching on Bay Street around 8.30am, officers told them to return to the park to continue the demonstration as they did not have a permit to march downtown.

As they sought to divert onto Dowdeswell Street, protestors again met a cohort of officers who redirected them.

Dave Beckford, an Atlantis employee of 25 years, said: “We have the right to protest, we have the right to march.

“And this injustice is against us hotel workers. We are the backbone of this industry.

“We are saying to Atlantis, give us our money. Redundancy is in our laws and we call on the prime minister and minister of labour to speak to us.”

He added: “We are not being treated fairly. Are we to stay furloughed forever?”

A mother of six, who said she and her husband have been out of work since the resort closed its doors in late March, questioned how their family will survive with mortgage payments looming over them.

“Me and him now does not have a job,” she said.

“This is hitting both me and my husband and we have a family to take care of.

“What are we supposed to do? They just run us off the park and tell us to go home or we are going to get locked up. Now, we decide to walk on Bay Street and they are telling us go back to the park.”

Officers continued to usher demonstrators toward the park.

“And this injustice is against us hotel workers. We are the backbone of this industry.

“We are saying to Atlantis, give us our money. Redundancy is in our laws and we call on the prime minister and minister of labour to speak to us.”

He added: “We are not being treated fairly. Are we to stay furloughed forever?”

A mother of six, who said she and her husband have been out of work since the resort closed its doors in late March, questioned how their family will survive with mortgage payments looming over them.

“Me and him now does not have a job,” she said.

“This is hitting both me and my husband and we have a family to take care of.

“What are we supposed to do? They just run us off the park and tell us to go home or we are going to get locked up. Now, we decide to walk on Bay Street and they are telling us go back to the park.”

Officers continued to usher demonstrators toward the park.

“I want to be a business owner. I want to depend on myself and no one else.

“I worked there with integrity for many years. I need y’all to have integrity and pay me.”

Baker said she wants the best for the resort, and the issue was not about “loyalty to Atlantis; I have to be loyal to me and my child.”

Baker said her daughter, who has maintained full-time employment, has helped with keeping them afloat.

She also said her landlord’s only form of income is her rent payments, insisting that if she fails to pay “she (her landlord) can’t buy groceries for herself”.

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