By Kahonzi Kaliwa
THE Kenyan Union of Domestic Health Educational Institutions and Allied is calling for hoteliers at the coast to restore the regular workers’ salaries without giving excuses of Covid-19 impact.
The Union’s secretary for South coast Mr Francis Omondi, says the hoteliers should follow terms and conditions stipulated in the common bargaining agreements (CBAs).
“Tourist hotel owners should not take the challenge of Corona as a pretext for harassing staff, so far hotels have received 90 per cent of visitors; therefore, there is no reason for staff to be paid half salaries,” Mr Omondi said.
Many hotels in the coast region had halved salaries for its workers and fired many others since mid-last year when a slump induced by Covid-19 left the beach establishments tottering on the brink of collapse.
However, when the unionist was speaking this week he revealed that KUDHEIHA has filed a lawsuit for the workers.
“We have filed a case in court to ensure that about 700 suspended employees receive their pay. According to party rules a dismissed employee must be paid for not more than 3 years,” he added.