Cops break up protest at Shangri-La

Indonesian police yesterday broke up a four-day-long demonstration at the Shangri-La hotel here.

Shangri-La spokesman Julia Record said the police cleared hundreds of staff members, as well as “individuals not affiliated with the hotel”, who had occupied the hotel after talks for better worker terms broke down.

“The demonstration ended peacefully,” she said. “The hotel reluctantly requested police assistance and the daily operation of the hotel has been suspended.”

Shangri-La was practically empty yesterday with little sign of any activity.

All of the 668 rooms and 40 suites of the five-star hotel were empty as guests had been moved to other hotels in the capital.

At the start of the strike on Friday afternoon, the lobby was reportedly crowded with workers who were seen sleeping, playing cards, singing and praying.

The gates were also covered with posters and banners expressing their dissatisfaction with the management. None of these activities was evident yesterday.

The Shangri-La employees had made 11 demands, including a pension fund and an equal distribution of service charge, which is now based on seniority and job level.

They also wanted a higher festive allowance.

Ms Record said that the union’s demands were not in line with current labour legislation.

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