The Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) has agreed to pay staffers in the hotel and hospitality sector, from front office workers to general managers, their minimum wages.

HAN and three major trade unions of the tourism and hospitality sector inked a deal ending a longstanding dispute over the workers’ salary for the lockdown period.

HAN said that the agreement covers the period from April 13 to December 31, considering that the situation created by the coronavirus pandemic will last till 2020.

As per the agreement, hotel workers will get minimum salaries according to the grading of the hotels.

Laborers working in hotels with 200 plus rooms will get Rs 10,000 per month while the workers of five-star hotels with less than 200 rooms will collect Rs 9,000 per month. Similarly, the staff of four-star hotels with 100 plus rooms will be paid Rs 8,455 per month and the workers employed by the four-star hotels with less than 100 rooms will get Rs 8,000 each.

Likewise, the staff of three-star hotels and resorts will get Rs 5,000 per month whereas those working at one-star and tourist-standard hotels will get payment based on mutual understanding between the employees and employers, the HAN said at a news conference in the capital on Sunday.