Tripartite Social Dialogue Meeting On July 10

July 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

“The Ministry of Labour will hold its first National Tripartite Social Dialogue Meeting to focus on the Hotel Industry on Friday, 10th July 2020,” Minister of Labour Jason Hayward said.

Speaking in the House of Assembly today [July 3], the Minister said, ”The overall objective of the meeting is to help ensure greater cooperation among the tripartite partners and build consensus on the way forward for the Hotel Industry.

“The Dialogue will bring together representatives from Employees, Employers and the Government to discuss policies, laws and other matters that affect the hotel industry in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on Bermuda.”

The Minister’s full statement follows below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce that the Ministry of Labour will hold its first National Tripartite Social Dialogue Meeting to focus on the Hotel Industry on Friday, 10th July 2020.

Mr. Speaker, The overall objective of the meeting is to help ensure greater cooperation among the tripartite partners and build consensus on the way forward for the Hotel Industry.

The Dialogue will bring together representatives from Employees, Employers and the Government to discuss policies, laws and other matters that affect the hotel industry in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on Bermuda.

Mr. Speaker, The more detailed meeting objectives involve having constructive dialogue and proposed solutions to:

  • 1. Gain common understanding of the issues and challenges facing the hotel industry in Bermuda;
  • 2. Identify collective “quick wins”;
  • 3. Identify actions needed to enable Hotels to reopen;
  • 4. Identify ways to increase the numbers of Bermudians employed in the industry over the long-term;
  • 5. Enhance training and development opportunities for Bermudians to prepare for initial entry and re-entry in the hotel industry;
  • 6. Identify how Job Security can be increased for industry participants; and
  • 7. Articulate factors needed to ensure the growth of the Hotel Industry long-term.

“Some of the topics that may be discussed include:

  • Current and Future State of the Hotel Industry Post-COVID-19
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Redundancy and Layoff
  • Work Permit Issues
  • Repatriation of Workers
  • Hotel Redevelopment matters
  • Unemployment Benefit
  • Training & Development Programs

Mr. Speaker, National Tripartite Social Dialogues bring together government, workers and employers to discuss public policies, laws and other decision making that affect the social partners. A Tripartite consultation can ensure greater cooperation among the tripartite partners and build consensus on the way forward for the Hotel Industry.

The Tripartite Social Dialogue methodology includes:

  • i] Preparation;
  • ii] Discussion of the issues;
  • iii] Clarification of goals;
  • iv] Negotiation of Agreements; and
  • v] Implementation of agreed of actions.

In light of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Bermuda’s economy has been significantly disrupted, leading the hotel industry to sustain substantial losses. With the gradual re-opening of the country, it is critical that urgent actions are taken to.

Mr. Speaker, The Meeting will be held on Friday, 10th July 2020 from 9:30am with the following meeting attendees:

  • 1. Representation from the Hotel Employers of Bermuda;
  • 2. Representation from the Bermuda Hotel Association;
  • 3. Representation from the Bermuda Industrial Union;
  • 4. Representation from the Ministry of Labour; and
  • 5. Representation from the Ministry of Tourism & Transport.

Thank You, Mr. Speaker.

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  1. Unbelievable says:

    Not to be a Debbie Downer but yet again here is another committee meeting, another summit, another “meeting of the minds”. When does the public ever hear about the results of these events?

    Nearly everything in this country needs to be re-hauled if it’s going to keep up with the rest of the World. And that includes this form of Government. The party system is rubbish and now outdated. How that’s going to happen? I have no idea but it’s clear that the current (old) ways of doing stuff no longer works.

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