Today’s Editorial: (Pelican Resort) Not that simplePOSTED: 02/14/11 5:38 PM
As a new week dawns and we all prepare to greet each other with Bon Dia and Bon Siman (Good day and Good week), the stakeholders in what is now known as Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina are waking to another week of difficulty and lack of clarity.
For the workers it was as simple as we have Collective Labor Agreement that says we have permanent employment with certain benefits and the court has said the new owners are bound by that. For many of them it was time for the management to talk about returning to work. But it’s not that simple.
For the new owner it’s as simple as stating that they don’t have the resources to take on the entire pool of employees at this time and some will have to go. When the court did not rule in their favor they simply announced they’d close the time share property. But it’s not that simple.
In fact when one considers all the issues and positions, what’s happened at the former Pelican Resort is anything but simple. The numbers in terms of the economic contribution also don’t lie and make the issue all the more complicated, because they show the damage that can be done if a solution is not found. Or if flipped around they show that we simply cannot afford for the property to close.
One thing we do believe is simple and very obvious is that parties, all of them, need to sit at the table and the prime minister has embraced that by calling parties from the public and private sector to a meeting today. Let’s hope everyone attends, egos are put aside and all interests are served, because the simple task of government is secure investment, create employment and reap the benefits to take care of those who need.