Hotel Vaishali resumed operation on Sunday after the management agreed to address demands put forth by workers affiliated to ruling UCPN (Maoist).
Representatives of the management and workers´ union signed an agreement to reopen the hotel in the presence of officials of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) and All Nepal Hotel and Restaurant Workers´ Union (ANHRWU).
Workers had halted normal operations at the Thamel-based hotel 20 days ago, demanding among others hike in salary. Due to the protest, the management had to shift guests to other hotels on Dec 5 and stop accepting booking for the month of December – one of the best months for hotel business. The workers had demanded hike in salary along with festival and night service allowances.
The management agreed to sit for talks after three leaders of the agitating workers tendered their resignation. It had set resignation of the three leaders as a precondition for the talks.
“We resumed operation from Sunday evening. We´ve agreed to increase salary of workers by Rs 100 per month and give bonus as demanded by them,” Vishal Kumar, executive director of the hotel, told to media person.