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Staff @ Roadtown Wholesale uncertain about future after sale!

Riteway Food Market is a subsidiary of Roadtown Wholesale Trading Limited. Photo: VINO/File
Chief Executive Officer and President of North West Inc, Mr Edward S. Kennedy, reportedly will be in the Virgin Islands on February 09, 2017 to meet with the staff of Roadtown Wholesale to advise them of a way forward. Photo: PwC Up Front
Chief Executive Officer and President of North West Inc, Mr Edward S. Kennedy, reportedly will be in the Virgin Islands on February 09, 2017 to meet with the staff of Roadtown Wholesale to advise them of a way forward. Photo: PwC Up Front
PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- It was this news site that first and accurately confirmed in our article of January 3, 2017 the sale of Roadtown Wholesale. Two weeks later, the company confirmed our story that it was indeed sold.

We also reported that the new Canadian company, North West Inc, had obtained a Trade License approved by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), even after one of his Ministers, the controversial Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), claimed that he opposed the sale and would fight it.

There was a local group who proposed to purchase Roadtown Wholesale; however, they received no support from the Dr Smith led National Democratic Party Administration, outside of the rhetoric from Mr Walwyn.

Now there is word that the employees of Roadtown Wholesale are allegedly being kept out of the loop on their status with the new company, North West Inc, which also has a chain of stores, including Cost-U-Less in the United States Virgin Islands.

The Labour code section 93 & 97

Usually, when a company changes ownership it has to decide under law if it keeps the workers by offering them continued employment. In that case the employees would not lose their years of service with the company.

In addition, if the new company, even it if keeps the same name as in the case of Roadtown Wholesale, but its Directors change, it becomes a new entity under law.

If North West Inc decides not to offer the workers employment then, under the Labour Code, they must provide them with severance pay. All these issues are covered in the Labour Code under sections 93 and 97.

It is our understanding that the Chief Executive Officer and President of North West Inc, Mr Edward S. Kennedy, will be in the Virgin Islands on February 09, 2017 to meet with the staff of Roadtown Wholesale to advise them of a way forward. This was communicated via a letter circulated to the staff.

It is unclear if the Labour Department and the Dr Smith Administration are being proactive in protecting workers’ rights at Roadtown Wholesale and if their concerns will be addressed.

35 Responses to “Staff @ Roadtown Wholesale uncertain about future after sale!”

  • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (25/01/2017, 11:56) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    RTW Employees look out for yourselves. See what your options are. Be ready for anything on the meeting on February 9. Prepare yourself with questions to ask at this meeting. Don't go in their blind or willing to accept whatever offers they have to give.
    • take (25/01/2017, 13:59) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Take your pay out from the previous owner do not leave it roll over to the new owner.
      • Learn! (26/01/2017, 09:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why do people keep talking this s**t. If the business changes hands but you are offered a job with the new company, you are owed NOTHING. But the number of years worked continues with the new company. Only if the new company decides to lay you off do they have to pay severance. Please read the labour code.
  • Spike (25/01/2017, 12:13) Like (40) Dislike (4) Reply
    Much to do about nothing! Slow news day Vino? the Labour Code speaks to the "what if's" and if the new owners were going to make redundancies - they would have had done so already. There are just some staff whom have been doing and allowed to get away with nonsense for years and those are the fearful ones. Other than that - te PUBLIC cannot wait to see what new and exciting prices/products will be offered!
    • @ spike (25/01/2017, 13:09) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
      Ok mr potter
    • agreed (25/01/2017, 20:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      some of these guys are getting walked out.
    • BookerT (26/01/2017, 06:33) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      In all fairness to the staff, they should have been told exactly how they would be affected under the changes in the company. This deal has gone through long ago, and he's only coming to meet with them on February 9th? Why do such things continue to happen in the BVI? Employees have to be up and down trying to find out their fate when they should have been informed months ago! Just utter nonsense.
  • ABC (25/01/2017, 12:17) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thanks vino
  • insider (25/01/2017, 13:07) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Heard many of the staff learn about the sale from vino
  • Bag o tricks (25/01/2017, 13:09) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ahhhaaa. The sale of RTW will affect people directly in Tortola ,now labour code chapters are being published to say what is RIGHT and wats NOT
    How many times we on the sister islands have been SOLD with no compensstion and NO ONE to complain to or NO ONE to represent us
    What is good for some should be FAIR to all BUT this shows the ""ANIMAL FARM " mentality. ( SOME PIGS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS )
    A sad day in these BVI
    • Online Now (25/01/2017, 17:59) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why would you expect compensation when a business is sold? As long as you keep your job and benefits why would you expect more? You didn't have shares!
    • Stop scaring the Staff. (25/01/2017, 18:42) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      These new owners are good people they will take care of their staff. Please stop scaring the Staff.. A few managerial cchange, switches is expected..
  • please (25/01/2017, 14:25) Like (26) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lets hope they keep the good ones but get rid of the vast majority of the supermarket staff that are always so miserable. The cashiers recently are so rude and slow
    • Really (25/01/2017, 17:52) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agreed with you about those cashiers one store i try my very best to avoid is the one in pasea them need going to pig school
      • Agree (25/01/2017, 21:25) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        Pasea needs a big shuffle. I agree, that store, have some rude cashiers.I don't shop at the Pasea store.
        • @agree @ please. (25/01/2017, 22:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
          @please. Meade and Myron already offering training.. They will retrain them.. This company way of doing things will be ddifferen.. Don't worry. No one will be let go. They will be retranied...
        • Hmmm (26/01/2017, 08:09) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          Rite way cashiers. Hmmm. You have deal with the whole sale ..If you do. You will appreciate rite way cashiers.
        • Prince Caspian (30/01/2017, 21:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          also need training for the dodo who set up a system, that you must make a phone call to buy some pigtail, wait about an hour for service. One mark have this thing packaged out waiting for you . no stupid phone call to the emaciated butcher
  • Schups (25/01/2017, 14:33) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    Uncertain about what? Just sit your ass and wait! If you're doing a good job and they keep you, you retain benefits in accordance with Labour Laws and if not, take your case to the Courts. If you are laid off for whatever reasons you are entitled to benefits in accordance with the Labour Laws and again, the Court is there if you have issues. Why not wait to see what happens and stop speculating? We love too much confusion around here. It is a JOB, not a right to anything.
  • We at RTW will not lose our Joss. (25/01/2017, 18:38) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I just hope they coming take their time see and hear for themselves and don't be brain wased by the bad Manager... those same bad managers that cause Haycraft to sell the place... I think tth the new owners are experienced and wise enough to do the right thing. See and hear for themselves...We at RTW will not lose our Jobs... The Managers just need shifting around.. Some are just round pegs. In Square holes. Others are just to comfortable and abusive with their little power..
  • i from here (25/01/2017, 20:20) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    look how dr smith keep the local investors out SMH..NDP must go
  • believe (25/01/2017, 21:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They should get a survey of the workers who is nice and professional from the customers. Keep the nice workers and get rid of the rude ones or put them on probation.
    • they can't make rush Decisions (25/01/2017, 22:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those that appear to be nice are the bad ones.. most of them are just faking in it... There are some that people say bad and they are very good workers.. There are some that people say are good and they are very bad workers... That's why they cannot move with haze and Rush... it will take time..
  • Ha Ha (25/01/2017, 22:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok, thank God I am not there no more to deal with this situation, for me I would have wanted my payoff, but RTW staff is so afraid of themselves they will let the new owner make the decision for them, just like s few years ago when I was there they left this so called leach let them sign a paper concerning job discription. Don't be fooled guys know your rights and don't be afraid to ask questions and speak out. I was employed there and never afraid to speak out so gear up.
  • ? (26/01/2017, 02:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ believe that is a nice suggestion
    But if its done You know d born here thing going play a big role
    Jus sayin
  • Process. (26/01/2017, 08:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Change is a process. It takes time. They have to look, observe, communicate and learn before they can implement any major changes.. Get to know for themselves and don't take what people say.
  • ok (26/01/2017, 08:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    RTW is a great place to work but not today, back in the days as I can remember between 2001 to 2010 great service, now the cashiers are rude, slow and not helpful, especially at the fine food store they are lazy but definitely I don't think its the manager fault she maby had enough and care no more, but lets see what happen when the new owner takes over fully.
  • need to hear from the competition (26/01/2017, 08:15) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I really would like to hear what Mark, Elton Bolos, Supa Valu feelings on this move... They seem to be the o e that will be affected most. We cannot forget that they too have workers that need their Jobs.
  • lil dark one (26/01/2017, 11:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Highly recommended reading:

    Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • Queen (26/01/2017, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of the Cashiers and Store Managers need to go. They are going to bankrupt the company. Customer Service Skills very poor. Long gone the days when it was a pleasure walking into a RTW Store and feel welcomed. The Security Guards are very cool and helpful.
  • bad boy (26/01/2017, 23:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    ok potter your turn now hope you get 6 dollars per hour 

  • Hmmm (29/01/2017, 15:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The reason RTW got so bad is because it was a dog eat dog situation....Everyone pointing at each other and no one want to be accountable for their mistakes. Leadership is bad and majority just trying to make the other look bad enough to take their job. Instead of working as a team to deliver excellent service and goods to customers!
  • Beouwolf (30/01/2017, 21:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    some so called managers and supervisors even bad mouth the persons in the department. trying to get mileage on the staff back. especially the johnny come latelies, why the staff morale has slipped.

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