Nepotism reigns in Tobago tourism
The Editor: It is with the deepest of regrets that I am now forced to write a letter of this nature, because the Tourism I used to know and love, has now sunk to an all time low; where nepotism reigns supreme; where corruption and underhandedness, seem to now replace morals and principles, and we the foundation members of staff, who often times have been overworked; who'd have given more than 20 years of our lives to the an industry we boast of; are now overlooked; bypassed; and disregarded in favor of friends and family.
Promotion according to the collective agreement as regards to the daily rated worker is based on "seniority; and experience"; to now introduce "questionable" meritocracy without amending the agreement is not only immoral, but illegal. Senior workers would have gone through the process required; so any form of promotion should be based on seniority.
An investigation into these matters will reveal that those who were illegally promoted are friends and/or family of those doing the promoting. Junior workers are now placed to supervise workers who are far more senior that they; whom I am certain are not even permanent; and if they are, then an investigation into their status of permanency should be considered; because more likely than not, their status would have been gained through some form of illegality.
We have appealed to the Union for redress, to no avail, so we are now forced to take this matter public. I wonder how a matter so damaging in nature could have slipped the Chief Secretary; especially so close to an election year.
You have forced our hands to put on this armor of war; by infringing upon our rights, and we refuse to sit quietly, while our beloved industry is quickly turning into a cesspool of favoritism, and preferential treatment.
Since there's no resolution in sight, and this Senior Officer seems to control the entire Tourism Department; the public must be made aware of the rut within our division; and it stinks to the highest heavens.