Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has finally bend down to pressure from the government and workers unions by withdrawing a memo that fired all of its employees.
The hotel management, in a new memo dated Thursday, May 4, has said that it has withdrawn the layoff memo sent to its staff on May 27.
A meeting was held between the hotel, the Workers Committee Management, and the Kenya Union on Domestic Hotels Educational Institutions and Hospital Workers (KUDHEIHA) on Wednesday.
We would like to reiterate that owners, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and subsequently Accor Hotels are very committed towards the health and safety of the employees.
The memo further stated that the hotel Management will engage relevant stakeholders to reach a unified agreement.
The management has withdrawn the said memo as we continue with consultative meetings with all stakeholders until an agreement is reached.
The Union had said the act was a forced contract termination, and it was against the provisions of an existing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The procedures and provisions used by the management do not meet bare minimums as provided by parties to the CBA.
The government earlier demanded justification of the move made by Fairmont Hotels to sack all employees of its Norfolk and Mara Safari Club.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, on May 28, cited the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as a pole reason to the mass firing.
Due to Uncertainty of when and how the impact of the global pandemic will result in the business picking up in the near future, we are left with no option but to close down the business indefinitely.