Saravana Bhavan In Amsterdam Accused Of Forcing Employees To Work Against Their Will !!

Saravana Bhavan, the largest South Indian restaurant chain in the world, is now accused of forcing employees against their will. The 39 year old restaurant is a household name and have more than 39 locations in India (30 in Chennai) and 87 across several countries in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Now, a restaurant that is located in Amsterdam of Netherlands has been subjected to controversy for forcing workers to do many things against their will.

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According to the Het Parool , the passports of the Chefs in the Amsterdam branch were taken and they were forced to work for more than 12 hours a day for 6 straight days in a week. Even in their “day off”, they were forced to be in the kitchen from 7 :00 AM to 12 :00 PM. The monthly salary of the chefs was 700 euros in cash, the report says.

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It is also reported that the chefs were forced to sign blank checks by the hotel authorities. They were used to pressure the chefs if they were in the way. To recover the cost from the rebellious employees, managers made them to sign blank but official documents in order to fill them later as per their wish. The Parool report suggests that it was done to keep the employees under their control.

Due to labour exploitation, Saravana Bhavan was closed in November last year. Gopala Krishnan (46), main assistant of Saravana Bhavan’s owner Shivakumar accepted that the closure of their hotel took place due to poor working conditions. However, Krishnan stated that the parent company had no knowledge about the working conditions as it is a responsibility of a local franchisee. He also denied that the chefs had to sign blank checks.

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The report further suggests that the restaurant is open for a week now despite of the ongoing investigation. An operating license has been applied by a new franchisee under the same restaurant name in August. The municipality of Amsterdam which doesn’t want to confirm whether this is happening now, has only given temporary permission for the restaurant to open until a final decision is taken.

Meanwhile, a twitter user named as Sander Philipse has claimed that the hotel management only recruited Tamil speaking chefs and made sure that the front of house consisted only Hindi and English-speaking students. The user said that it was done to resist chefs from communicating with people and to restrict them from knowing about their rights. He also accused Saravana Bhavan of following the pattern internationally.

This news made many other people in the micro blogging social media site to react as well.

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Source : Parool

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