Address racial bias claims – ICU instructs Mövenpick Hotel

Address racial bias claims – ICU instructs Mövenpick Hotel

Amid claims of unfair treatment leveled against plush Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has directed management of the hotel to address racial bias in punishing erring staff at the hotel.

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has instructed Management of Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, to address claims of racial bias in punishing erring staff at the hotel.

Local workers of the hotel expressed dissatisfaction about unfair treatment from management, but their concerns were ignored, the Union says.

Address racial bias claims – ICU instructs Mövenpick Hotel

Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Photo credit: citinewsroom.com
Source: UGC

Some workers of the hotel in Accra on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, refused to go about their daily chores. They convened at the hotel reception and accused management of being bias.

The workers accused hotel management of protecting expatriate workers at the expense of Ghanaians working for the hotel.

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A disgruntled staff accused the hotel authorities of shielding an expatriate employee who allegedly stole some gold bars from a guest, whilst some other local employees have been dismissed in the past for stealing food and petty items such as pens, Citi News reported.

The leadership of the ICU, which works to safeguard the interest of Ghanaian workers said the hotel must immediately address the challenges by subjecting foreign workers to the same penal measures they subject Ghanaian workers to for same offences.

The Deputy General Secretary in charge of Operations at ICU, Morgan Ayawine, said it was difficult to appreciate why the hotel management alleges it had referred a report on the offence committed by the expatriate to its lawyers to give advice on when Ghanaian workers found to have committed similar offences received downright dismissal and also reported to the police.

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We are against the fact that, the first report will be referred to legal advice because it has never happened. There have been several investigations on this type of offences but no such demand or requirement has been made. Is it because the person involved happens to be a manager so because the person is a manager then we refer the outcome of the investigation to legal advice but if it is the ordinary worker, they deal with it directly without referring to their lawyers,” he said.

YEN.com.gh can confirm that Management of the hotel is yet to address the issue publicly.

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