Sacked hotel ‘staffers’ protest

A group of 200 workers whose services have been terminated by a chain of four hotels, held a protest march in Panaji on Wednesday.

The workers alleged that their services were terminated by a company which owns four hotels in Benaulim, Arpora and Mobor. They said some foreigners have been recruited in their place.

The workers, majority of whom are men who were working as marketing and sales employees, took a morcha from the KTC bus stand to Azad Maidan. They claim that they were fired through an email on November 3. Payments and weekly commissions were pending, said an employee who requested anonymity.

"Thirteen foreigners in the marketing department and twelve foreigners in the sales department have been brought in our place," he said. The terminated employees have been working for the last 5 to 10 years on an average, but some of the employees in the group have been working since the start of timeshare operations 19 years ago by the hotel chain in the state.

The All India trade union Congress ( AITUC) has expressed its support for the terminated employees. Suhaas Naik, state secretary, said that the foreigners had no work visa or work permit and yet were working for the hotels.

"The tourism industry should benefit the people of Goa. But this kind of tourism, and this industry which is dispossessing Goans and bringing in foreigners, is not helping the state," said Naik.

A delegation of the employees has submitted a memorandum to chief minister Manohar Parrikar, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar , and the state labour commissioner, asking them to intervene in the matter. An employee said that the tourism minister has assured them support. [TOI]