Four Seasons resort workers need greater assurances from the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) in relation to job security ahead of the proposed closure of the hotel for four months from June to 2019, says Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) member for Nevis 11, Patrice Nisbett while speaking in Parliament on Monday, December 17.
The NIA made an arrangement for the estimated 400 workers who will be temporarily unemployed to be paid 25% of their usual salary during the period of closure but Nisbett questioned how some of those employees will survive.
He further noted that four months can be a nightmare for poor people living on the edge of each pay cheque.
Nisbett indicated that the need for greater assurances arises from several concerns about job security and publicly wondered about the ability of those who will be temporarily employed to access severance payment.
The NRP representative indicated that Nevis is desperately in need of another hotel to ease the financial dependency on the Four Seasons resort and to accelerate diversification of the economy.
According to Nisbett, the temporary closure of the Four Seasons resort will have serious socio-economic impact on the impact, whilst he made reference to some estimates that Four Seasons contributes between 30% and 40%, to the Nevis economy.
Nisbett spoke of a contracting economy and while sympathizing with locals warned of hard economic times.
Initially, closure of the resort was denied by the NIA but Premier Mark Brantley made the disclosure about two weeks ago.