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Feeling the Hyatt Touch

Bali Hyatt Relents and Agrees to Keep Employees on Payroll During Coming Renovation

(10/21/2013) Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that after intense lobbying by the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), the management and owners of the Bali Hyatt in Sanur have relented on plans to terminate employees during a planned two-year renovation of the iconic Bali hotel scheduled to begin in November 2013.

The chairman of the Bali Hyatt Worker’s Union, Wayan Sudarsa, told the press that he has received a letter from the hotel’s management confirming staff would not be retrenched during the renovation period.

Previously, workers from the hotel staged rallies and protests, demanding that 352 employees remain gainfully employed in recognition of service periods ranging from 10 to 30 years at the hotel.

197 of the 352 have, in fact, already accepted severance payments of up to Rp. 70 million (US$6,067), while the remainder held out demanding continued employment.

It is unclear if the 197 who accepted dismissal from the hotel will be affected by the latest decision by the hotel’s management not to terminate staff over the two-year shutdown.

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