Row at Tropic Garden Hotel-Who is right?
Friday, October 16, 2009
Following complaints made by three employees of Tropic Garden Hotel in Fajara; namely Seedy Demba, Alieu Sanyang and Lamin Jassey, over salary increment issue, officials of the said hotel have refuted their allegations as 'untrue and unfounded'.
The three men walked into the Daily Observer offices recently and explained that they have been working with the hotel for years now, but their salaries remain at the same amount of D900, despite several demands for management to look into it. "We made several demands and sent series of letters to the management to look into our affairs, yet still, nothing has happened. In fact in one of the letters, we indicated that if urgent measures are not taken, we will take action," said Seedy Demba, who has been working with the hotel for seven years now.
According to Demba, they are paid a sum of D900 only and they are all family men. "Besides, we work from 7am to 7pm, under conditions of no food and no time for break. We want relevant authorities to act," he said. When the authorities were contacted to shed light on the issue, Faatu Freeman, who is in the administration of the said hotel, disclosed that for the past years, the hotel has been under renovation.
Since then, she said, they laid many workers off, and transferred some workers to their other hotel. "We are keeping these men on salaries, because we need gardeners and security at the moment, while the hotel undergoes renovation. Besides, they are family men and we do not want to lay them off. But still, they have the option to stay or to leave," she remarked. On the issue of other working benefits, Freeman further revealed that all their social security and other needs are fully paid by the hotel.
Author: by Sheriff JankoFatoumtta Baldeh