Staff protest sackings from Bagan hotel

Angry staff at a Bagan hotel say they will hold further protests unless five sacked colleagues are reinstated and given compensation.

The workers were fired from Bagan Hotel River View on March 8 for leaking confidential information on “service money” paid to staff members, according to the secretary of the Bagan labour union, who was among those fired.

Two labour tribunals have ordered the hotel to reinstated them and give compensation of six months’ salary, but they have not yet been rehired, said U Myint Oo.

On May 8, about 100 staff from Hotel Tharabar Gate, Bagan Thande Hotel and Bagan Hotel River View demonstrated on May 8 with permission from local police.

“Service money has been going own year by year so all staff held a meeting and discussed it. Then the hotel sacked us for leaking statistics,” U Myint Oo said.

“We must wait and see if the hotel follows the decision of Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw tribunals … . If they won’t follow the decisions, we will stage more protests.

“I have worked here for 20 years. To me the hotel is like my family. I don’t want to do something to give it a bad reputation but we feel we are doing the right thing.”

Officials from Bagan Hotel River View declined to comment when contacted by The Myanmar Times, saying only that the sackings were an internal issue.

Bagan Hotel River View is located in Old Bagan, near the archaeological museum, and is a part of KMA Hotels, a subsidiary of U Khin Maung Aye’s KMA Group.

Source: Myanmar Times

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