Abuja Sheraton Hotel workers hold crunch meeting with management over closure

Abuja Sheraton Hotel

Workers at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday held a meeting with the management of the hotel, Capital Hotels Plc, over the closure of the facility.

The management said they shut down the hotel in order to renovate it.

Following a meeting between the workers and the management, the general secretary of the National Union of Hotel and Personal Service Workers (NUHPSW), Leke Success, said the management has agreed to pay severance package to workers.

According to Success, the management agreed to pay all the workers, irrespective of whether they are permanent or casual workers.

”After the meeting with Marriot, severance pay has commenced with workers that have completed due clearance and this will be made to all staff either casual or permanent.

“The payment continues tomorrow for all cleared employees either casual or not.

“Capital Hotel, owners of the hotel, have also magnanimously decided to add Christmas bonus for all staff, even though it was not part of presentations done by Marriott on staff take-away.

“The Christmas bonus does not need any clearance, everyone is entitled to it, either casual or permanent staff, and will commence from Oct. 19,” Success said.

The union had earlier protested over the non-payment of their severance packages before its executives entered into a closed-door meeting with the management.

Capital Hotel Plc bought majority shares in Sheraton from the Federal Government over 30 years ago, and engaged the services of Marriot International in the management of Sheraton.

However, NIPCO recently acquired 51 per cent majority of its shares.