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Marriott International In Consultation Over New Normal

Expat payroll reduced by over 70 per cent through reduction in number of expats employed and reducing salaries by up to 50 per cent, the hotels said.
05 Jul 2020 15:37
Marriott International In Consultation Over New Normal
A room at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay.

The Westin and Sheraton Resorts, Denarau Island and Fiji Marriott Resort, Momi Bay have issued a joint statement on their operations.

“We have experienced a significant drop in demand, which is likely to continue for an uncertain duration,” the hotel group said.

“We wish to do what is right by the business and to our associates and have therefore taken a number of initiatives to quickly mitigate the impact to our business while also focusing on protecting our guests, associates and owners.

Contingency manpower actions started in March 2020 and included the implementation of reduced hours, paid leave and leave without pay, the group said.

Expatriate payroll

Expat payroll reduced by over 70 per cent through reduction in number of expats employed and reducing salaries by up to 50 per cent, the hotels said.

Given the business reality that prior levels of hospitality activities in Fiji will not return until beyond 2021, the hotel industry has to face the new normal.

Readjust work

“We have reviewed the various options available to us in these unprecedented circumstances and with careful consideration and consultation with our key stakeholders, we have made a difficult decision to readjust the work force of the hotels post COVID-19,” the joint statement said.

Reopen

Amidst the current climate and low business demand, impacted associates including expat roles will receive letters.

“As part of the process, we will be consulting with each affected associate over the two week period including the hotel workers union and our land owning community.”

As business picks up and as the opportunity presents itself, the hotels will reopen for hiring.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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