Palm Spring Hotel Rejects ‘Bad Labor’ Claims

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Palm Spring Resort, Monrovia.

The Palm Spring Resort in Congo Town has issued a statement dispelling that at no time its Managing Director, Najib Kamand, duped anyone or carried out any criminal activities in his business career as being propagated in the public.

“As a responsible entity, we uphold all tenets of good business practices and abide by all the laws of Liberia-both domestic and international,” Palm Spring Management said in a release.

According to the management of the local resort, a number of media outlets have over the time published “Erroneous” stories with the intent of portraying the manager as an unfriendly person, thus affecting the hotel in general.

“It is a known fact in Liberia that every business is undergoing through some financial and technical  challenges,” the Management noted, adding: “As a responsible hotel, Palm Spring is one of the hotels which has provided job opportunities to many Liberians. It has invested over US$20M dollars in the country with the aim of expanding. At present, we are upgrading our facilities to meet international standards.”

The hotel management said it respects and values employees and customers and will do nothing contrary to betray the trust reposed in us.  “It is completely false all articles that were published. As an entity that seeks to provide job and help the economy, we are supporting government’s effort in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and at the sometime creating jobs to boost government’s pro-poor agenda,” said the management in the release.

Palm Spring said it was not associated with any act of criminality and those who are spreading such “Lies” are only interested in seeing the hospitality industry affected negatively. 

“We have over the past years paid our employees on time and serviced our obligations, and have been studiously working with the Labor Ministry to settle any outstanding issues. Management will not take kindly to any further act of falsehood and cheap propaganda that will be published in the future,” the release said

Palm Spring Management’s clarifications are in reaction to protest staged by several aggrieved employees of the hotel, on Wednesday, February 3, on the grounds of the Temple of Justice in demand for just salaries and other benefits that the management allegedly owes them.

The workers through their spokesperson, Anthony Mulbah, said they were at the Judiciary Branch of the Government to petition it to prevail on the management team to settle their arrears, though, there was no lawsuit filed before any court for intervention as is done in other cases of unpaid salaries.

According to Mulbah, they have gone to Ministry of Labour, but this government entity responsible for labor matter is yet to intervene, which accordingly necessitated the protest action.

“Several times we went to the ministry for peaceful settlement, but have not gotten any redress about our salary arrears,” Mulbah claims.

They, however, accused their boss Najib Kamand of being involved in bad Labour practices during working hours.

“We will not rest until our salary issue is addressed,” the hotel workers vowed.

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