Employment of any kind is meant to adhere to the principles of not only the labour laws but also the humans rights within any nations according to the laws enshrined in the constitution. Sadly this is not the case with Hotel Amadablam a supposedly, some starred hotel in Kathmandu Nepal. If this is the case, with this one, what must be with most others, where some with the capitalist tendencies of investments to make maximum gain with impunity. Sadly, this is not a tale but happening in Kathmandu, Nepal under the watchful eye where the classes that labours to make your stay possible and lovely, are made to live miserable lives because of this.
Hotel Amadablam that was established shortly after a hiatus of six months after the 2014 earthquake in Nepal after Hotel Indreni closed down under the pretext of Union problems, surfaced with a reported investment of NRS250 million having five shared holders in various proportions. What is the truth, is a mystery, that money could only be given to the previous owners and the company registration to previous owners, who could be the same ones.
Not wanting to fall into the trap where they could play around with their staff and where unionism destroyed their previous investment they got a Manager who goes by the name of Kamal Chettri. Sadly, he was given the boot after a couple of months and now reinstated as the so called post of an Operational Manager – the whole reason was to be used by the investors to coerce the staff specially the fourth grade into the bidding of the hotel ways.
Why? The staffs are never paid on time. As of the time this post goes into publish, two months of payment is pending along with their services charges that is deducted from taken from the customers and the third month is coming to a closed in about ten days time. Most of the fourth grade staff need employment as it hard to come by. This is taken advantage of and along with now the operational manager, which can rightly be anybody’s guess, the investors, to bring them under submission.
Mr Kamal Chettri periodically blames, the staff, of time wastage and useless gossip with the pretext that they are seen under CCTV camera. When faced to prove such allegation, none come forward. Staff since need to work in a coordinated manner need to converse for various reasons. This cannot in any way be taken as idling away time. This only means one thing which is to instil fear into the hearts of the employee so that they will not make their salaries not being paid. This tantamount to slave labour which plays on the psychological factor. See you are doing, lose your, loose three or four months of salary, when, if possible to get another one, mental harassment in society of shame not paying your creditors (obviously credit is the only other means of survival). Shame, shame and shame not only to those investor who have, but have from stealing from the mouths of those who make it happen for them with their sweat, blood and torment.
Some staff, fed up with the manner of pay and treatment, have left their jobs only for their salaries not to be paid for the last three or four months.
Furthermore, the law of the land states, that employers must issue an appointment letter, but till date, not a single one has been given one, leave alone, an annual increment. No one needs to guess why? So that the employee can sack the employer with impunity, where the latter will have no proof, that he ever worked there and have not the least of tools that he worked there.
When inspectors from the labour department comes and other department inspectors come, they are never, given the opportunity, to find out the truth of the anomalies but instead taken to the grand restaurant run by Hotel Amadablam and given expensive grog and food. The better guess, would be that money also passes under the table by the management such as Kamal Chettrie and the Account, a close relative of one the investors, all with the blessing of the investors. What is wrong with spending a couple of thousands, when there is millions more to be made at the mercy of others labour.
We all know that the hospitality industry has no waking and sleeping time along with holidays. That is generally understood. But the law also states that proper compensations must be reimbursed, which is very hard to come by at Hotel Amadablam.
Food is provided to the staff, but the quality of it is not fit for human consumption which the investors would not feed to their pets, I bet. Expired products like saurce and meat if given is used. Banned substance flavouring like Agenomoto is used that caused cancer is used to cover up the foul taste with impunity. The food inspectors are fed, given expensive drinks and venal acts of under the table payments made to turn a blind. The management don’t suffer such as they are given the privilege to eat in the restaurant.
Plus the manage which are just a handful are paid better to a do the biddings of the investor. Some go too far, like the previous operational manager who had the check of pressing the breast of a spa massager – he was given the boot, because if things get too hot, it would difficult for the investors to douse. So Kamal Chettrie was called back as the one to put things back into order according to the means the investor liked. Such as removing discontent among the staff because of salaries being not paid and not knowing whether it would be a month’s like in the previous payment made and the need for more staff to cater to the many rooms and suits that is about sixty two.
Finally, one can understand how the five investors who have not actually invested a penny in truth along with their spoons presently like the accountant and the operational manager are violating not only the labour rights but also the human’s rights of the staff. They might not be paid on time, but the hefty salaries and the bonus they get for doing the investors, obviously keep them in the game. So if this is the case of Hotel Amadablam, what may be the case at the many other one mushrooming up in the Kathmandu Valley. Only human rights and labour rights violations where the people whom the constitution and the laws of the land and which the government of Nepal is a signatory to in the different conventions, is a made a mockery of.