Workers of the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra have embarked on another demonstration exercise over their conditions of service.
This is the second time the workers are protesting in less than two weeks over salaries, end-of-Service benefits, and Tier 1 & Tier 2 insurance contributions, among other concerns.
The workers say management failed to address their concerns the last time they protested despite assurances.
Some of them who spoke to Citi News said some good staff of the company had resigned due to the supposed poor leadership style of the Managing Director, Abena Pokua Boaitey Amoah.
“Look at the professionals and the well-trained staff that we used to have. Most of them have left because of this woman (the MD).”
“A lot of the persons who were good have all left because of her. Go to Labadi Beach Hotel, when you are there, you feel you are working, but we don’t have that experience here and it’s just one person [creating such issues] and if we can get the person off, things are going to be better for the collective good of the company,” some of the workers said.
Earlier response from management
Addressing the staff after an earlier meeting on July 27, 2020, Deputy General Secretary in charge of Operations at the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), Morgan Ayawine, announced that payment of all arrears will begin soon.
“By the tenets of our own agreement, you people are supposed to take your salaries by the 22nd of the month. June passed without any July. Here we are in July. So there is that kind of violations of the rules of the game. Management has violated the collective agreement that they appended their signature to. So June and July salaries will be paid at the rate of 50%. This should be paid not later than Friday. We currently have a backlog on backpays. So we are saying that all outstanding backpays should and must be paid immediately after the retirement of June and July salaries,” he declared.
In 2018, the staff demonstrated against their Managing Director, Abena Pokua Boaitey Amoah, demanding her removal from office.
The workers, among other things, also protested her refusal to implement new salary levels, which were supposed to take effect from January 1, 2018.