By Tracey Khan-Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Over a dozen women employed by Tower Hotel, Georgetown are currently protesting outside the Main Street location over non-payment of salary and other benefits by management.
The women told iNews that they intend to continue their protest action until they receive their hard earned money and other benefits. This morning the women turned up to work but we’re greeted by a locked gate, which prevented them from entering the compound.
The Hotel staff, who are mostly women are calling on the management to meet with them to iron out the issue and expressed displeasure at the manner in which the situation was handled.
According to reports, failure to pay staff compounded with non – payment to the Guyana Power & light Inc (GPL) has led to the shutting down of the Hotel.
Staff members were told yesterday (Friday May 22) to go home and return in six weeks, many of whom have not been paid for the month (MAY). The staff is calling on the Labour Ministry to intervene and ensure their rights are respected by the company.
Some of the employees have been working at the hotel for over 30 years and said it is the first time they have seen the company face financial difficulties to this magnitude.
It is reported that the current owners are in talks with potential buyers of the hotel after which they are hoping to settle the financial dispute among staff members.
According to sources the Hotel owes the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) millions of dollars in arrears which led to the disconnection of electricity from the building.