24 May 2014

Mozambique: Labour Minister Cancels Work Permit of Hotel Manager

Maputo — Mozambican Labour Minister Helena Taipo has cancelled the work permit of British hotel manager Simon Armor, due to his ill-treatment of Mozambican workers.

A statement from the Labour Ministry says that the permit has been cancelled with immediate effect.

Armor was Director of Training at the Dona Ana Hotel in the tourist resort of Vilankulo in the southern province of Inhambane. The complaint against him was that, on 18 April, he locked three Mozambican hotel workers, Faustino Cunhane, Romao Chiacane and Munganda Jonane in his office and physically assaulted them. The three were then all fired.

The three workers told AIM they had been attacked and then dismissed because they had admitted guests on that day without Armor's authorization.

“When they arrived we allocated rooms to them”, the workers said. They saw nothing wrong with this, since the raison d'etre of a hotel is to provide travelers with rooms. They thought there was no need to inform Armor, since the hotel has a reception manager, responsible for arranging accommodation.

But when Armor arrived, they said, he demanded to know who had given the new guests rooms, and flew into a rage. He ordered them into his office, locked the door and began to beat them. “Mozambicans are worthless”, Armor is alleged to have shouted.

The three workers took the case to the police, and then to the District Attorney's office, with a note provided by the trade union committee at the hotel. Criminal proceedings were opened against Armor, and, by order of the Vilankulo district court, the three workers have been re-admitted to their jobs.

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