Fairmont shuts down Norfolk, Mara Safari Club hotels; all employees fired

Fairmont shuts down Norfolk, Mara Safari Club hotels; all employees fired
Fairmont The Norfolk hotel in Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY

The management of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has resolved to shut down two of their establishments and fire all employees over projected effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on business.

Country General Manager Mehdi Morad, in a memo seen by Citizen Digital, said operations at Fairmont The Norfolk and Fairmont Mara Safari Club have ceased; with the latter also having experienced recent flooding.

“Due to the uncertainty of when and how the impact of the global pandemic will result in the business picking up in the near future, we are left with no option but to close down the business indefinitely,” wrote Mr. Morad.

“It is therefore the decision of the management to terminate the services of all its employees due to ‘frustration’ by way of mutual separation and taking into account the loyalty and dedication the employees have put into the success of our company in the previous years.”

Mr. Morad, while stating that termination letters will be issued to the employees by Friday next week, added that they will however be entitled to one month’s pay as well as their pension.

“Employees will be entitled to one month’s pay in lieu of notice. You will be entitled to your pension as per the rules of the Scheme,” he added.

He further stated that the management was unable to meet other demands by the employees due to financial constraints.

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