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Old 11-07-2008, 05:35 PM
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I have seen some reports that the Haitian workers at Labadee have gone on strike, and RCI has cancelled that port for some cruises over the next few days.
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The workers will probably cave into pressure and return when they realize that "some" is better than "none." The time to strike is not during a global recession for sure!
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:57 AM
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I don't mean to sound harsh, but I have to believe that working for RCI at Labadee is a plum job and not something I'd want to push my luck on.
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:13 PM
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A job at Labadee has to be like going to Heaven compared to what is happening in Haiti right now....I can't imagine what they could be striking from.....Happy cruising to everyone...

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A few years ago there was civil and governmental unrest in Haiti with expectations of a coup if I remember correctly. We were substituted Nassau for Labadee. We all cried. (not that we wanted to be where there was potential for civil war--we just wanted them to wait until after our day there!) I can't imagine what these people would be doing if not for the cruiseline. I sincerely hope that their lack of opportunity has not given anyone license to take advantage of them, however, I am inclined to think that these jobs are the only game in town and hope this is not a really bad decision on their part.
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I was in Labadee on October 22 and everyone seemed happy. In fact, our Haitian tour guide said everyone loved RC and RC has greatly improved things for the Haitians who live there. He said that RC also takes Labadee employees and gives them jobs on the ship where they could make $4,000 in eight months. Considering that the average annual salary in Haiti is $500-$800, that's A LOT of money.

RC is building a $27 million deck at Labadee for Oasis of the Sea.
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:57 AM
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Labadee is a great way to spend a day at the beach...Just hope they can work things out....
Now to get Roatan on board with their unrest....
and maybe Cuba next for cruising ship docking...
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I was in Labadee on the liberty of the seas on the 13th and everything was up a running perfectly.
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Glad to hear they got things ironed out and back to normal. Thanks for the update.
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We were substituted Nassau for Labadee. We all cried.
Even if I were suffering from the deepest of depressions, watching Old Yeller, and cutting an onion (all at the same time), I don't think that I could ever muster up enough tears to cry over missing Haiti.
 
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