KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 22
On July 20, Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) had signed an agreement with Nepal Free Hotel Workers Union regarding salary payment. To cope with the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, HAN and the workers had signed a six-point agreement. Based on the agreement, workers have been receiving their minimum basic salary. As the agreement is going to expire on December 31, the hotels have started requesting their workers to resign voluntarily.
According to HAN, Soaltee Crowne Plaza has already laid off 135 workers, while Radisson Hotel Kathmandu has let go of around 65 staffers so far. Meanwhile, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has downsized by around a dozen workers so far and Hotel Annapurna has sent off 45 staff.
HAN Vice-president Binayak Shah stated that as the hotels are now unable to pay wages to workers, they have brought this scheme to lay off workers by clearing their outstanding dues, including their provident fund and other allowances.
While all other hotels have made it optional for staffers to resign, Hotel Annapurna has made it mandatory for its workers.
HAN is now preparing to have discussion wit