—The Hotel Catering Tourism & Allied Workers Union of Zambia (HCTAWUZ) has expressed concern over the non payment of salaries to Court yard hotel employees in Livingstone.
HCTAWUZ general secretary Michelo Chizyuka said it was disappointing that the hotel had failed to pay its workers since December 2012.
He said that the workers joined the union with a view of being represented and that despite writing to the hotel management in Lusaka is still hesitating to pay the delayed salaries .
Mr Chizyuka said this in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Livingstone today adding that his union has written to the ministry of labour and appealed to the minister Fackson Shamenda to take action against the hotel to protect the country’s imagine.
”Court Yard hotel management has forgotten about the workers, the management has not even bothered to address the matter of salaries,” said Mr Chizyuka.
Mr Chizyuka said the hotels in Livingstone are getting busy and wondered how the workers can offer a good service without being paid.
He said not paying workers was the highest level of injustice.
He said that the workers under court yard hotel are human beings and that their rights need to be protected.
“We go to work so that we get paid and after the salary comes it helps us to resolve person issues,” he said.
“Court yard hotel has been enlisted on the UNWTO hotels for the forth coming conference slated for August but has not yet paid it workers what picture does that create,” he said.
Meanwhile Mr. Chizyuka has revealed that Court yard hotel management had delayed in signing the recognition agreement for over a year now.
And efforts to get a comment from the court yard general manager proved futile as he was reported to be out of the country.