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.


concerned worker

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RJ said on Thursday, Apr 19 at 2:53 PM

TOBAGO IS BEAUTIFUL, no amount of lies and hatred can stop true beauty. Lots of people keep coming to Tobago for it's warmth and tranquility. Lets look on the positive side of life as this will keep us from getting ill.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 15 at 9:14 AM

If TOBAGO is dangerous its dangerous fo every-one.But i cannot for the life of me understand why you keep making yourself more inportant ,than what Tobagonians m,ake of you..this is only stupid arrogant humility..It is benefitting you nothing..No love lost,if you dont come..Much love to thise who do..And why do yoy constantly dismiss the white tourist ,who writes that they love Tobago and had a great time..You are truly a delusional figure,Noone would ever take you seriously..Get a life.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 14 at 4:12 PM

what tourism , we will stay of your murderous isle, believee me we spread the word of your deeds , you will not prosper for many years to come,beautiful Island but deadly to whites and tourists.

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NS said on Thursday, Apr 5 at 2:48 PM

You think education is expensive Try ignorance

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The Truth said on Thursday, Apr 5 at 9:46 AM

Sad story of ongoing corruption in Tobago and yet another nail in the coffin of tourism. Will there be a recovery in tourism in 2012? I think not!!

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citylimer said on Wednesday, Apr 4 at 9:48 PM

The issue appears to be that some employees are being by passed for promotion and junior employees are being given preferential treatment. The question is - is it that the employees who have more service do not have the requisite skills to do the job and the junior employees have the skill level or is it that nepotism is at play. Generally, employers have a duty to train their employees to bring them up to the required skill level. Long serving employees should not just be cast aside. The tourist industry cannot afford to have disgruntled employees in its employ. This attitude will filter down to the quality of service provided to visitors.On the other hand if unfavourable unjustified treatment is meted out to the senior employees the Tourism Dept. Head needs to interverne immediately.Tourism is the life blood of Tobago and all parties involved have a part to play including the man on the street who will interact with visitors.It is even more critical to have happy FRONT LINE employees

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the virginian said on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 1:50 PM

Shocked,just a reminder that as long as the peanuts are unprocessed--raw--no irreversible harm done if Tobagonians were to overindulge.Maybe you should try some if you haven't already.Might find them beneficial. BTW,pls share with us the moment that triggered your thinly veiled derogatory comment.

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shocked said on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 10:10 AM

My the uneducated have excelled them selves on this blog, god help tobago,may be you are eating to many pea nuts

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Mar 31 at 4:02 AM

If the ability to do a jobb must be tested by oral and written examination,then Tobago in serious trouble.Over the years i have learned that education is the leading puffedup destroyer in society.Education has become a symbol for the sharks of the sea,to eat each otherup.I am not saying that education is not good,all i am saying is that too much emphasis is beign played by it.Some of the most suceeful men in the world today are without education.But they sure know how to defend money,because thats there calling.Some of the most poorest in society are the most educated,and have not a slightest clue how to generate money.The world needs to start putting people in their right places,with the right support,inorder to start rally beign sucessfull.

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observer said on Friday, Mar 30 at 3:14 PM

Promotion for daily rated workers is done on the basis of ability and experience first and then seniority so says the collective agreement.your ability to do the job must be tested through oral and written examination.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Mar 30 at 2:46 PM

Nepotism is the winner

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RJ said on Friday, Mar 30 at 11:55 AM

Anything that is not based on merit or fairness cannot prosper.!!! I guess that is the problem with Tobago tourism.

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