- Staff of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra have laid down their tools in protest of bias treatment by management
- The workers numbering about 100 failed to work on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, to drive home their concerns
The staff of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra returned to their duty posts four hours after embarking on industrial action in protest against what they described as racial discrimination by the management of the hotel.
Some services at the hotel were halted after about 100 members of staff, laid down their tools and converged at the reception of the hotel chanting war songs shortly after 11am Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
Clad in strips of red cloth, they also carried placards with inscriptions including; "Nadja must go", "Ghana is our motherland", "GM must go" and "Equal rights".
It was the second demonstration by the workers in six days after a similar action last Friday, April 12, 2019.
After a standoff over demands by management that the workers allow pressmen to be ejected from the hotel before addressing them, the General Manager of the hotel, Michael Rathgeb addressed the workers behind the hotel.
They returned to their posts shortly after 4pm after receiving assurances from Mr Rathgeb that their grievances which include the failure of management to implement the "no stealing" policy of the company on an expatriate worker would be addressed in 24 hours (1pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019).
According to the workers, they have tolerated racial abuse and unfair treatment from the managers of the facility sine 2011.
Some staff who spoke to Graphic Online alleged that Ghanaian workers were treated harshly and dismissed by the hotel when they committed misdemeanors such as "stealing pens" while expatriate staff were let off the hook when they stole from guests.
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