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Hyatt Regency Mumbai employees move Industrial Court, get interim relief against termination

AfterHyatt Regency Mumbai suspended operations due to shortage of funds, employees of the hotel affiliated to Bharatiya Kamgar Sangh moved the Industrial Court in Mumbai seeking protection from termination. The court has granted ad-interim relief to Bharatiya Kamgar Sangh, protecting them from termination until the next date of hearing on June 28 according to a report of CNBC-TV 18.

The hotel has over 300 employees, of which 193 are part of the union. Employees have claimed that they haven't been paid salaries for April and May and that they didn’t have any prior intimation about a possible suspension of services.

Employees have also alleged that operations have been suspended despite the hotel having an average occupancy of 60 to 90 percent over the past few weeks, including at the time of suspending operations.

 "It came as a surprise to us yesterday when we were told that the hotel is suspending operations, and that they can’t pay salary for two months. We have already been following up from last month about our pay and they kept delaying it. They said that Yes Bank has frozen the account so they’re unable to make transactions. And now it’s come to a situation that we have had to move court with help of Bharatiya Kamgar Sena," said Meenal, a chef at Hyatt Regency Mumbai and member of the union.

Now, employees have appealed to the Industrial Court, Mumbai, for payment of pending dues and that the hotel cannot shut down without following due process. The court has sought a response from Asian Hotels West.