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Nigerian unions write Marriott, demand Sheraton GM, Rex Nijhof’s sack over alleged assault

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Labour unions in Nigeria have known as for the sack of Rex A.G. Nijhof, the Common Supervisor at Sheraton Lodges.

Nijhof, a Dutch, reportedly bodily assaulted workers in complete disregard for labour legal guidelines and finest practices.

The GM can be accused of changing all the workforce to informal and contract workers renewable each two years.

The Lodge and Private Companies Senior Workers Affiliation (HAPSSSA) and Nationwide Union of Lodges and Private Companies Employees (NUHPSW) wrote to Marriott Worldwide, the managers of Sheraton Lodges.

Gbenga Isola and Mohammed Usman, HAPSSSA and NUHPSW secretaries disclosed that employees have been carrying a pink band on their arms to register their grievances.

Within the letter to Marriott, the unions mentioned on October 3, 2021, a head of division and a few senior employees visited Nijhof to mark his birthday.

They recalled that the well-wishers went with a cake and a bottle of wine to rejoice with the GM.

However at some extent, Nijhof “abused and dehumanized the Cluster Director of Human Sources, the chief of the delegation, slapped him on his chest and pushed him out of his door to the amazement of others”.

The subsequent day, October 4, the official angrily returned the cake throughout a administration assembly.

The letter revealed how Nijhof seized a room lengthy allotted to the Director of Safety and served as a location for response to emergencies.

“Mr Rex turned the room to his bicycles car parking zone whereas the person was nonetheless occupying the room earlier than being lastly ejected. Hundreds of thousands of naira was spent buying model new gadgets for his personal condo within the resort,” it mentioned.

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The unions additional accused Nijhof of giving the standing of everlasting workers to these he employed, shunning informal employees who’ve diligently served Sheraton for 10 years.

“Mr Rex has created a severe unease within the minds of the workforce as a result of if the Director of Human Sources may be dehumanized this fashion, it means that nobody is secure,” the letter added.

HAPSSSA and NUHPSW knowledgeable Marriott that Nijhof had set a “very harmful priority”.

“Within the mild of this very unlucky state of affairs, we demand the resignation of Mr Rex with speedy impact to avoid wasting the resort from the pending disgrace and mock his actions are bringing to the resort and all the workforce”, the letter mentioned.

In a press release on Tuesday, Nanji Tyem, Sheraton Lodges Director of Communications confirmed an inquiry was underway.

“We take these regarding allegations very severely and our regional staff started an investigation as quickly as they had been raised to us.

“We perceive that this can be a worrying state of affairs for our staff on the resort, however we proceed to work by the findings with our union companions,” he mentioned.

Tyem pressured that the security and wellbeing of workers and visitors stay the primary precedence of the corporate.

In December 2020, Marriott Worldwide introduced Nijhof because the GM for its properties in Nigeria – Sheraton Lagos, Sheraton Abuja, and 4 Factors by Sheraton.

Nijhof’s expertise within the hospitality sector spans greater than 30 years, most of it spent with the Marriott Worldwide model.

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