The Dominica Hotel and Tourism industry is hoping for a suspension of a section of the labour laws to cushion the impact of the COVID19 on employers and employees.
President of the DHTA, Marvlyn James says the group of tourism stakeholders has been the hardest hit by the pandemic and has been in discussion with Government in the past weeks.
An advocacy package has been prepared for submission to government, she says, which includes a clause suspension in legislation.
“In Dominica and according to the labour law you can lay off an employee for up to 6 weeks, after that, it is the employee’s prerogative to ask for redundancy,” James explained. “If you are unable to give redundancy, you can take back the employee, but you have to be able to provide them with at least 13 weeks of work.”
The DHTA President proposes, “In our case, because the situation is so fluid, we do not know what will happen, we may recall a staff member but not be able to provide 13 weeks of continuous work, so we are asking for a suspension of that particular clause in the labour laws.
She was speaking at a virtual update meeting of the association on Wednesday morning.
James also revealed that the DHTA requested closed borders and a national shutdown ad well as more stringent measures for social distancing.
She said, that the measures outlined in the Hon Prime Minister’s address on Tuesday evening will not be enough.