KATHMANDU, Aug 17: Devyani International (Nepal), the promoter of KFC, Pizza Hut and Cream Bell, on Thursday threatened to permanently shut down its outlets if the chaotic situation resulting from the dispute between laborers and management continues.
“The company can not operate in such a chaotic and anarchical environment,” says the release issued on Thursday.
“Because of the unlawful activities of a few wayward workers and staffs, there is justified apprehension that senior staff could be attacked any time.”
All the outlets of global fast food chains have remained closed since August 13 after the workers manhandled Krishna Sharma, the human resource department chief, and other senior managers. “The managers are not in a position to be regularly present at the restaurant because their lives are being threatened,” says the statement.
Some staff members have beaten up their senior managers, threatened to take their lives and refused to take instructions from the management, compelling us to shut down our services for an indefinite period under existing Labor Act, adds the statement.
“The workers could create turmoil and damage the properties, which can cause severe loss to the company,” the statement says.
“The company is compelled to padlock all the outlets for an indefinite period under existing Labor Act, 1999.” According to the release, the company managers who had gone to Bagamati Zonal Labor Office in order to inform about the padlocking of the company were also manhandled and were not allowed to register the letter.
In the statement, Devyani International has said that workers would not be paid for the closure period as per the principle of ´no work, no pay´. The company currently employs 180 people.