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Grand Hotel retracts decision to lay off workers

Grand Hotel retracts decision to lay off workers

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) More than 100 workers at the Grand Hotel in Kaohsiung who were slated to be laid off before the Lunar New Year reached an agreement with the hotel management Tuesday that resulted in a retraction of the decision.
The Grand Hotel in Kaohsiung had earlier decided to lay off 108 staff members of its club before Jan. 26 next year, but the workers staged a series of protests, expressing worries about losing their jobs at a time when the country is being squeezed by the economic downturn.
Representatives of the workers and the hotel management held a meeting at the legislative Yuan Tuesday, with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng serving as moderator.
The hotel management finally agreed to retract its decision to lay off the club staff, while the workers decided to withdraw their request for intermediation in the matter.
The hotel management agreed that the 108 workers of the club will be moved to the Grand Hotel in Kaohsiung Jan. 1, but stipulated that they would have to accept a pay cut of 10 percent starting March 1, 2009, although their years of service will still be counted.
The management also promised that when the hotel starts showing a profit again, the workers' pay will be restored to the original level.
The hotel management said it will also provide the necessary training and advice for the workers to make the transition to the hotel staff.
Chang Shuo-luo, chairman of the Grand Hotel in Taipei and Kaohsiung, said the management fully explained the difficulties the hotel club is facing, with its losses amounting to NT$5 million per month. The workers also stated their case, mentioning their fears about making a living if they are laid off, he said.
"Both sides love the Grand Hotel, but have expressed their feelings in different ways," Chang said.
Wu Shu-yu, a representative of the workers' union of the Grand Hotel, expressed appreciation to public for its concern and apologized for the problems caused by the protests.
Chang and Wu then hugged each other in a show of satisfaction on both sides at the resolution reached.
(By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-06-14 01:11 GMT+08:00