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Labour Ministry welcomes settlement for overseas hotel workers

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 1:56 PM

The Labour Ministry says it’s pleased that a wage dispute between South Carolina-based Kiawah Island Golf Resorts and hundreds of workers including Jamaicans, has been amicably resolved.

Two-hundred-and-forty Jamaican workers were a part of a class action suit against the hotel.

The workers had claimed that the hotel wrongfully deducted money from their pay.

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The Jamaicans were employed to the hotel between 2012 and 2014 under the H-2B overseas employment programme.

The hotel has signed off on a settlement deal to pay US$2 million to the workers.

Kiawah has also agreed to pay an additional US$300,000 in legal fees.

The labour minister says Kiawah resorts has been a valued partner in the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programe for the past 10 years, and currently employs approximately 200 Jamaican workers.

It says the hotel last participated in recruitment activity for hospitality workers in May this year.