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    picketing at the Aruban

    So one of my friends said that a bunch of workers at picketing at Lacabanna over not being paid. I hope this doesn't cause any problems to the ones that are staying there right now or in the near future.

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    I heard The Aruban wasn't paying employees but haven't heard that happening at La Cabana.

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    we were there from nov.13-20 and didn't see anything like that. they were remodeling a bunch of the rooms in the center and laying floor by the elevators though.

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    Yah this started so it would have been after the 20th.

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    I suspect it was not lacabana, maybe aruban?

    Blackberry not real good with the forum. Sorry for my absence.

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    Strike at The Aruban
    1 Dec, 2009, 09:06 (GMT -04:00)

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    Employees of hotel The Aruban Hotel are fed up. They had stopped working yesterday because their salary had once again remained forthcoming.ORANJESTAD — Employees of the hotel The Aruban are furious that their salary had not been paid again. Therefore, they had held a massive strike and loudly announced their protest in the lobby of the hotel.
    The employees should have been paid last week Monday already, according to Chairman Rudy Geerman of trade union FTA. “To show their good will, they had decided not to protest immediately, but to give the hotel the opportunity to still pay their salary”, says Geerman. The staff members had received a memo from the management yesterday that it ‘would have sufficient funds at the end of the week to pay the salaries’. “That was when the bucket had overflowed. Perhaps it is adding fuel to the fire, but it is unacceptable that the personnel are constantly the victim of the hotel’s problems. The people also have to pay their bills.”
    Employees are confronted with fines, if for example their mortgage or car loan is not paid on time. “That’s not fair”, says Geerman. The employees are requesting Minister of Tourism, Labor and Transport, Otmar Oduber (AVP) to mediate in the conflict. The employees are prepared to continue their actions, if a solution remains forthcoming, according to Geerman. However, the management had announced that it would compensate the relevant personnel if the salaries remained forthcoming for too long.
    Things had already been brewing up much longer in the hotel. The Sales & Marketing department had closed at the beginning of this year, and eighty people had lost their job. The foreign hotel owners had reversed the aforementioned a few weeks later. The hotel is experiencing serious problems since the sale of timeshare apartments had decreased due to the economical crisis. Not even half of the apartments have been sold and the rest is rented to tourists. The hotel is also experiencing financial problems because one of the American banks – where the hotel had borrowed several millions florins – had gone bankrupt. The Aruban Resort had not received any financing from this bank because the curators had already attached such, which had led to immediate payment problems for the hotel.
    The payment of salaries had not gone well for quite a while due to this situation. “However, the hotel is operating extremely well, all rooms are occupied, but the money disappears from the island” according to Geerman yesterday.
    The employees of the hotel had previously also stopped working for a short period due to discontentment on the late payment of their salary. At that time, the hotel management had also indicated that there had not been sufficient money to pay them. According to Geerman, the management had verbally promised at that stage, to do its utmost in order to pay the salaries on time from then on.
    The Aruban Resort at Eagle Beach consists of 362 rooms and apartments, a casino, restaurant, shops and swimming pools. The owner, KL International, had take over the hotel last year and invested millions of dollars on renovations. For example, the casino was to become the largest on the island.
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    Wow thanks for the info! Also thanks for straightening it out!

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    THANKS Eagle Beach Boy.

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    All I can say is WOW!

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    Future of The Aruban remains uncertain
    4 Dec, 2009, 11:46 (GMT -04:00)

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    Minister Otmar Oduber in conversation with Paul Moore of The Aruban Resort yesterday.ORANJESTAD — The future of the hotel The Aruban is still uncertain. Notwithstanding that Minister Otmar Oduber (AVP) of Tourism, Labor and Transport had held a conversation with Paul Moore, member of the management team; he remains concerned about a possible closing down. “Nevertheless, I have the feeling that the owners want to keep the hotel up and running”, said the Minister.
    The hotel has been coping with financial problems since a longer period as one of the American banks – where the hotel had borrowed an amount worth millions of florins – had gone bankrupt. Moreover, the economical recession had caused a drastic decline in the selling of the number of timeshare apartments. Minister Oduber is particularly concerned about the fate of the employees as well as the effect of a possible closing down on the image of Aruba. During the conversation, the Minister had received documents from the hotel, which support their declaration that they are currently arranging their financial affairs.
    A large part of the hotel’s personnel had gone on strike last Monday, as the salary payments had remained forthcoming. The employees were to receive their salary last week Monday, but had been told that ‘they would be paid this week, due to payment problems’.
    It was not the first time that personnel of The Aruban had stopped working. The Sales & Marketing department had closed at the beginning of this year, and 80 people had lost their job. The foreign hotel owners had reversed the aforementioned a few weeks later. The salary payments had previously been an obstacle as well. The employees of the hotel had previously also stopped working for a short period due to discontentment on the late payment of their salary. However, the strike of last Monday had been the largest until now. It is reported that more than 80 percent of the personnel had participated. Rudy Geerman of trade union FTA had announced earlier this week that there would more actions, if a solution for the problem remains forthcoming.
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