The Peninsula considers axing staff as some refused the jab

Local | 9 Jun 2021 5:01 pm

The Peninsula Hong Kong had called on its staffers to get the jab, stressing that the hotel will have to consider layoffs to cut costs if the vaccination rate among staff is unable to meet 70 percent before July.

It was understood that the internal memo was issued by Peter Camille Borer, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director at The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, the parent group of The Peninsula Hong Kong.

The memo wrote that the hotel had been through immense challenges amid the 2019 social unrest and the Covid pandemic, and had recorded continuous losses in its operations.

“As of today, the hotel has yet to lay off any of our Hong Kong staff, while over 2,000 colleagues working in hotels overseas have lost their job,” the letter wrote.

Borer stressed that vaccination is the fastest way of getting Hong Kong’s travel industry back on track, along with protecting staffer’s health and keeping their jobs.

The COO also said if the hotel continues to underperform in the coming months, with the vaccination rate in the hotel not meeting 70 percent, it will have no choice but to consider ways of cutting costs, including layoffs.

The hotel had earlier offered its employees HK$2,000 and two days of paid leave if they receive the two-dose vaccine by August 31, with the bonus doubled to HK$4,000 if the vaccination rate in the company reaches 70% by the end of August.

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