LUCENA City -- The management of a well- known hotel here broke its silence on allegations hurled against them by their therapists.
Queen Margarette Hotel (QMH) general manager Judith Lardizabal said the statements made by “Asha Spa”therapists led by Julie Jader as “unfair and unjust.”
“Asha Spa”is one of amenities beng offered by the QMH, 3.5 star hotel located in Brgy. Bocohan here.
It has an outdoor pool and bar/ lounge owned by prominent bussinessman Francis Dy.
Dy, who owns several businesses in Quezon province and Metro Manila, is a Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan awardee.
Jader along with other therapists went to “Raffy Tulfo in Action,” a public service TV program hosted by journalist Raffy Tulfo last Wednesday and aired their complaints against the hotel management, among them their below minimum salary and several “deductions” on their monthly pay slips.
Lardizabal admitted the therapists receive salaries below the P373.08 minimum wage but each of them receive a P50 commission/incentive for every customer.
“Aside from this, they also have a holiday pay, an overtime pay, and a free meal. They also have a free ride door-to-door after their work at night,” said Lardizabal.
Linda dela Rosa, finance manager of the company said the deductions referred to by the group were the amount deducted for the payment of their company uniform and the meal they personally ordered from the hotel which they duly signed in the “authority to deduct” and “delivery receipts.”
Lardizabal said they have already agreed to give minimum wage to the employees provided they will no longer be entitled to P50 commission per customer.
However, the group insisted that both should be given to them.