Tourism is sensitive business – labour commissioner

first_imgLocalNews Tourism is sensitive business – labour commissioner by: – March 19, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Labour Commissioner Matthew Leblanc.Labour Commissioner of Dominica, Matthew Leblanc has described the tourism sector as sensitive business which he believes is “indeed critical” to the development of Dominica.Leblanc who was the featured speaker at the 3rd Bi-Annual Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association last week, deliberated on “Labour Laws and its effects on Tourism Stakeholders”.According to Leblanc, while efforts are being made to promote Dominica’s tourism product, their efforts might be “futile” if stakeholders “do not work together in the creation and sustenance of the enabling environment”.“The tourism association can’t do it alone, we need on board all the hoteliers, restaurant owners, bar attendants, bar men, secretaries, receptionists and the security officers,” he said as everyone must get involved.“We need everyone to be sensitized to be educated and to develop and nurture the culture of a high quality service that we could speak of a product that is unique, that is distinct, that is special and that is superior because those who do it do it in an environment that is healthy, sane, humane and understand the purpose for which they do it”. He also explained the importance of good working conditions and respect for employees which will provide a “decent” environment.“For us at Labour Administration work is a question of human dignity that must be based on conditions of social justice, mutual respect and we believe that decent work will generate decent income for decent persons in decent communities and we will have decent families and a decent country. So it is very important for us to promote labour laws, labour policies and labour regulations and to encourage the strict adherence as much as possible to the law”.Leblanc also noted that employees should be treated as an equal human being although his role is different from that of the employer.“The one who works is also a human being and it is understood and promoted that one who is employed is an equal human being he just has a different role and his role he must conduct and carry out in an atmosphere that is equal. No longer can we consider ourselves as employers as the capitalist as those who have the bank accounts and the business establishment as superior to the worker”.He believes therefore that employers should “partner with the worker, respect the worker, and acknowledge the importance of the result of the work of the worker”.Matthew also noted that employees and employers alike should “honor the work of those who fought so hard to ensure that persons were treated as humans in the workplace”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 136 Views   one commentlast_img

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