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Staff at Qatar owned luxury hotels in France go on strike

“There are about 40% of  the 300 employees of the hotel, on strike, but there will surely be much more from this afternoon ,” Didier Del Rey, the leader of the Parisian CGT Trade Union told AFP.

The hotel which is the property of Qatar’s Katara Hospitality is managed by Raffles Hotels, a brand of the FRHI Group (Fairmont Raffles Hotels International) which is also owned by a Qatar.  The management of the hotel confirmed “a strike notice was filed ” by the CGT and said that ” dialogue is opened between the different parties concerned. “The strikers are demanding an increase of €2 in their hourly pay, for all employees , an improvement in their working conditions.The overnight stay ” may amount to 25,000 euros ,” while ” the striking workers are paid 1,300 euros net per month,” argued the CGT in a statement.

The employees of other five star Parisian hotels, the Hyatt Paris Madeleine (owned by Qatar based Constellation Hotels Holdings) and Park Hyatt Paris -Vendôme , recently demanded their salaries to be aligned with those of employess of Palace designated hotels. Last week, after several days of strike, subcontractors employees of these hotels have achieved a historic agreement with an upgrade of their salary . Some have even been increased to 580 euros per month.

Constellation Hotels Holdings acquired last year: Grand Hyatt Martinez, Cannes; Hyatt Regency Palais Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice; Le Grand InterContinental, Paris, Hyatt Regency Etoile, Paris (formerly Concorde Lafayette) and the future Andaz Paris (formerly Hotel du Louvre)

Katara Hospitality  also owns the majority stake in the newly opened Peninsula Paris Hotel which is managed by Hong Kong based Peninsula Hotels.

Strikes among employees follow cut in working hours at luxury watch-makers manufactures in Switzerland, signalling early signs of a major depression in the luxury sector across all luxury sectors. The recent protests in Hong Kong, second or third largest global market in terms of sales for many top luxury watch brands have been adding to the already gloomy picture of the state of luxury.

Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

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