Hospitality group to retain staff

Decides that all associates of group shall be paid normally

​ Our Correspondent March 31, 2020

KARACHI: The Hashoo Group, which runs Marriott and PC hotels in Pakistan, has announced that it will keep all the employees during the current difficult times of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Keeping in view the current scenario, the management of Hashoo Group has decided that all the associates in the group shall be paid normally this month and in line with the government directives throughout the lockdown period,” Hashoo Group Hospitality Division Chief Operating Officer Haseeb Gardezi said in a statement.

“The senior executive team at the corporate office has volunteered to take significant salary cuts to aid the business in this hour of need. Furthermore, work-from-home policy has also been approved to facilitate associates who are working remotely.”

“(The) group has implemented the closure of most hotels and has postponed all non-essential projects,” he said.

Gardezi firmly dispelled the impression of staff layoffs and assured them that no such decision had been taken. He said the group being the largest and the most credible hospitality group would always ensure that decisions were made in accordance with the best interest of its loyal associates.

Last week, an official in the senior management of the group told The Express Tribune that the group had cut jobs by around 20% to cope with the situation and the layoffs were made on a permanent basis.

“In these troubled times, the group is ensuring practicality of having a disaster preparedness and business continuity plan by ensuring safety and mitigating risks to employees as much as possible,” Gardezi said. The repercussions of COVID-19 have been felt by industries across the world. The hospitality industry has received the worst blow due to the despondency caused by the health crisis.

He added that several Hotel One properties were being used as official quarantine centres.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2020.

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