On December 4th I wrote a post, Unpaid Wages, in which I discussed that the Tinian Dynasty had not paid their foreign contract workers for four pay periods. I was told that the company had been paying their employees who are "locals" and immediate relatives, but not the foreign workers.
I learned yesterday that the foreign workers finally received at least some of their back pay. One worker reported that they are still owed their wages for three pay periods, but received one pay period's wages on December 6th.
The Saipan Tribune reported that the hotel's managing director, Alfred Yue admitted that the wages were delayed, but denied that locals were given preferential treatment. I question the truth of that statement. More than one source told me that the foreign workers were singled out to receive delayed salaries and that they are still owed back wages.
The Saipan Tribune reported:
“I hope they understand our current situation. We're in a very adverse condition here on Tinian,” [Yue] added.Considering the economic problems of the CNMI's only casino, it is amazing that some CNMI elected leaders continue to push for casinos on Saipan.
The Tinian Dynasty official assured the hotel's continued operation despite the delay in salaries.
“We're shrinking, but we do the best we can like any other business. The economy is bad and we're still being affected by many factors such as federalization, reduction of flights, and the tourism,” said Yue, adding that the delay was “unavoidable” but not deliberate.
Tinian Dynasty, which opened in 1999, is the lone casino operating on Tinian. It remits 13 percent of its revenue to the municipality, which it uses for the salaries of the island's government employees.
Despite the declining business climate in the Commonwealth, Yue said they have managed to keep enough workers to sustain their 24-hour operation.
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