The Hotel and Personal Services Senior Staff Association has alerted the Ministry of Labour and Employment to unregistered recruitment agencies operating in the hospitality industry.

Specifically, the association pointed out that unlicensed hotel owners’ associations in Abuja, Ogun and Edo states were operating as labour centres and denying workers of their rights to freedom of association.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Lagos, the HAPSSSA also urged the ministry to urgently address the alarming rate at which expatriates were holding the position of human resources managers in the hospitality industry.

It read in part, “The National Executive Council in session called on the Minister of Labour and Employment to address the springing up of unregistered and unrecognised associations that are performing the functions of labour centres, notably the hotel owners association in Abuja, Ogun and Edo states who prevent their workforces from exercising their rights as entrenched in the constitution.”

“The influx of so-called expatriates into the hotel and catering business is at alarming rate. Surprisingly, foreigners are becoming human resources managers/directors in Nigeria as in the case of the Federal Palace Hotel and Casino, Lagos. This development should not be tolerated as it persists even with the notification of relevant agencies.”

The communiqué signed by the National President, Adeyemi Ademola; Acting General Secretary, Gbenga Isola; and the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Ahmed Bala, criticised the Federal Government for neglecting the hospitality industry, the associations and the tourism board.

In order to offer maximum services to tourists, the workers’ association urged the government to classify hotels in the country.

HAPSSSA said, “The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency, set up a commission, inclusive of relevant stakeholders, saddled with the responsibility of classifying hotels within the country, as hotel owners constantly rate themselves higher than their standard and end up disappointing tourists.

“The National Executive Council in session urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency as regards the unemployment prevalence in the country and as such devise a means of addressing it urgently.”

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