Fairmont Hotels bows to pressure, withdraws memo that sacked all employees

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The Fairmont Hotel on Thursday (June 4) withdrew a memo that fired all employees after pressure from the government and staff unions.

Through a statement to newsrooms, the management of the hotel said that they backtracked on their decision to sack all staff as they continue with consultative meetings with all stakeholders until an agreement is reached.

“This memo serves as follow up to the May 27, 2020 memo circulated to the employees, Re: Disruption of business and the consultative meeting held with the Works Committee, Management and KUDHEIHA officials on June 03, 2020,” read the statement from the hotel’s management.

The hotel had on May 28 announced that it will be closing its two affiliate hotels indefinitely due to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Country General Manager Mehdi Morad went on to say that employees will receive their termination letters by June 5.

The government on May 29 directed the management of hotel to clarify the drastic decision to sack all employees.

“…this office should be very grateful if you would provide it with clarification regarding the said media reports and complaints from employees, including on the veracity thereof and the justification for the taking of such action. As you would appreciate, such a decision would have far-reaching implications on the well-being of many households and indeed, the Kenyan economy in general,” read a statement from the office of the Attorney General.

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