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Workers at Club Med in Martinique go on strike, hundreds of guests leave

Workers at Club Med in Martinique go on strike, hundreds of guests leave

A labor strike at the Club Med resort in the French Caribbean island of Martinique has prompted hundreds of guests to leave while management and employees negotiate, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.
The strike began Wednesday morning because of a dispute over how the workers would split up the 35-hour work week required under French law, said Kate Moeller, a spokeswoman for Club Mediterranee SA's North American and Caribbean operations.
The company that operates the resort and employs the workers who have gone on strike _ Societe Martiniquaise de Villages de Vacances _ was handling the negotiations, Moeller said. It was not clear how many workers have gone on strike at the resort, located in Sainte-Anne on the island's south coast.
There were 525 guests from Canada, Europe and the United States at the resort on Wednesday. But many flew home or opted to stay at other hotels in Martinique that were offered by Club Med after the strike began, Moeller said by telephone from Coral Gables, Florida.
Some 71 guests remained Thursday at the resort, named Buccaneer's Creek, which reopened in December 2005 after undergoing a roughly US$60 million (euro46.1 million) renovation.
No new guests will be allowed at the resort until the dispute is resolved, she said.


Updated : 2021-05-17 19:21 GMT+08:00