BREAKING NEWS: Job losses at Sandals in St. Lucia

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BREAKING NEWS: Job losses at Sandals in St. Lucia

 

Some 20 employees of the Sandals branches in St. Lucia will be without a job. A reliable source said only clerical staff are affected.

Sandals operates three hotels in St. Lucia, employing about 1,350 people. These include: Sandals La Toc, Sandals Grande and Sandals Halcyon.

The source said the job losses are a result of a sluggish economy.

The news comes about a week after about 45 workers lost their jobs at Buckeye St Lucia Terminal Limited.

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  1. Even in good times people will lose their jibs. It's called restructuring? And every business in St.Lucia is going through some eestructuring. I they are not, then they should.

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    • I just asked my brother who was born in Saint Lucia to translate your comment. Come on man , there is no need for that reaction. When a countries economy isn't doing well it doesn't matter who is in power the important this is to work together as a people and get it back on track. The people in Saint Lucia have chosen a government , if things aren't working its of no benefits for anyone in the country to gloat because this affects you all. And the swearing really is juvenile .

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  2. this labour party promised so much when they were in opposition. all we now, is bitter days, rather than the better days they promised. all this labour party is doing, is to enrich themselves and family members. all their policies have failed. they continue to tax st.lucians to the roof, with nothing to show for it. vat even on rice. come on people, can't you not see, that this labou party all they came to do, is take our money.

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  3. Better days are here...job for the boys....we remember those words right? The pm was very optimistic and now a new song is being sung...employers business are suffering so ppl are being sent home. Country debt is high so public servants salaries need a 5% cut...bad days ahead!!

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  4. Isnt that the sandals with all the billboards along the highway talking about how much employment they create smh

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  5. While I am on the subject what does the ministry of communication and works do. Electrical inspections take weeks and why does it take 1 month to produce a simple card for drivers license . Why must I tell the ministry every 3 years that I can still drive. Ok so we are just creating jobs and keeping law and order. What order any speed goes overtaking and near miss is a game. Popping wheelies on the highway goes. Racing goes.
    What would happen if there was no drivers license to pay. U get ur card for a one time fee maybe 2000 dollars and that's it ( hey gasa that's too much money, awa you have a samsung s6 already for that price) . So employment has been created in the traffic department but I am sure it costs the country more than 300 dollars to run. And ask any driver if they are satisfied with come back in a month. Rember a few yrs ago when the simple digital camera was broken it took months to replace.
    I don't mean to upset anyone but we are in the 21 century.
    This country needs a complete overhaul in the way things are done. ( I hope Chastnet adopts that phase) but actually does something.

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  6. Yip the government is top heavy, taxes have to cut by 5 percent and government by 10 percent. If this isn't done the country will continue to fall. I wish the government would lay off 1500 jobs in the public sector and give out 2000 jobs as contracts in the private selector. Eg. Employ people to build roads.
    You see what does memo do, or sensation able development, or bureau of standards (is digging up bodies that's been in the ground any standard). What do all the security PLp do in all the government buildings (look de job is so boring they dying on de job)
    This country only has 160 000 PLp and 17 ministers. How about 5 ministers. We say no bec we want a job.
    We seem to be addicted to aircondition offices. Look we haven't collected one bit of vat and we start the financial center. Who will pay the 30,000 luclec bill and 2000 water bill and the 5000 security company fee. And then you just abandon the darher building what kinda PLp do this. These silly actions will cause the country to fail. Then we have an airport which costs the country millions of dollars to run a year for 5 to 10 planes a day ( mostly Dhl fedex and so on) . So the government just taxes more to pay for all this bad business. The economy is shrinking sandles lays off. But no government borrows. I know it's hard to layoff PLp.but the government has to do what ever it takes to balance the economy.

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  7. St.Lucia is suffering from a devastating case of “Brain Drain”. St.Lucia has produced some of the top ranking economist, finishers, writers, tradesmen, etc, the only problem is they are not in St.Lucia. The out there (Turks & Caicos, St.Kitts, DR, Canada, US, etc) lending their skills, knowledge and experience to other nation and playing a major role in helping these nations surpass St.Lucia in every category you can think of. Do I blame these individuals? NO! because St.Luica has nothing to offer persons that desire more than to live from cheque to cheque. There are no incentives strong enough to keep people with a choice in St.Lucia. Whilst leaving is an understandable course of action here is the problem it creates. The sensible people in St.Lucia are by far the minority therefore, the outcome of life changing critical decisions (like elections) are controlled by retards who are driven by misguided loyalty and bias notions and don’t have the mental capacity to think for themselves so they allow bunt-out self-absorbed politicians to do their thinking for them. Sad to say this is going to get much worse before it gets better and to be frank some St.Lucians deserve what’s coming..

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  8. St. Lucia will continue to have problems with unemployment because they economy is not diversified. Previous governments have ignored the natural resources around them....arable land and low-skilled labor. This place could have been humming with agro business, unfortunately, no one seems to have vision. Every year, governments peddle the same old crap...Microsoft is coming, GE is coming. Essentially the same old crap. St. Lucia's destiny lies in agro-business and tourism principally.

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  9. It's tough everywhere.  I agree with so many comments here.  As 'patrol' says .. back to the land...people all over are saying that.  Raffish made some good points also.  
    But wondering, you have a very tasty refreshing product on St Lucia - Piton Beer.  Why can't this be exported to Europe and the  USA.  People love   'foreign' beers or 'world beers' as they are known.  Supermarkets even have a special section for them.  With  the cargo ships returning to Europe and USA empty (?) the transport cost could be negotiated?  Just a thought.  Also export Bayrum and Limecol.  What you think?

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  10. Me bredex. When the rest of the world is coming out of the recession, fair Helen seems stuck. I hate to focus on the negatives around me but its a time for innovation lucians. Stop looking to governments or political party they don't have the answers. They only need ur votes to help them make money. Good luck Helen.

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  11. Can someone please explain to me how St Lucia's economy affects Sandal's business to the extent that it must lay off workers? Bear in mind, the news report says sandals sighted a sluggish economy so please do not tell me about VAT or taxes unless you can provide conclusive evidence of that nexus. Remember taxes have not been raised in the last 20 years (plus Sandals owes millions in taxes that they collected from visitors), that sector enjoys the lowest VAT Rate and have been the recipients of the greatest incentives.

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    • THE DIVIDED WORKERS PARTY? THAT SHIT WON'T WORK ANYMORE. ST LUCIANS ARE MORE EDUCATED.FREDERICK IS NOT UWP ANYMORE AND DON'T TELL ME OFFICIALLY HE IS.

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    • We are so immature that we only can understand government if there is a lying party that promises use everything and delivers little. Otherwise, like sheep we are just about to vote again for the same damaged goods we rejected last time around, and are very unhappy with right now. Like dogs, do we only know how to return to and lap up our own vomit?

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  12. I have said it and will say it again- St. Lucians look at the credentials of the persons you elect to power. Where are the experienced economists, strategists and other well trained individuals to govern this nation. With a lack of vision the people and economy perish. This is only a tip of the iceberg!
    Let these men and women who greedily starve the nation of much needed finances only to redirect those said funds to their own coffers- that St. Lucians are fed up. Shall we remain ignorant and allow ourselves to be sold on a bunch of empty promises and lies!??? What next a kick in the rear end?!!! When I listen to some St.Lucians justify their support for these tyrants I am indeed angered! To say that the only reason you vote for a person is because you like them, they promised you or your child a job for which neither of you are suitably qualified, promised to fix a road that has not been touched since Moses roamed the earth, or worst gave you a bottle of spirits to intoxicate you to the point of further stupidity!- Makes me sick! St.Lucians wake up- Kenny and his band of theses plus Chastnet and his idiots the whole lot need to be put out!!!

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    • Meant Kenny and his band of thieves! Sorry about the typos, just so upset with how things are going on in this nation- all with no sign of change in sight.

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