Tourism labor leaders warn about fulfillment of demands


18th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, July 18: Tourism labor groups have warned the authorities about addressing their demands about securing tourism labor rights, warning that if the demands were not met in time, they would shut down the entire tourism sector. Tourism labor leaders made a statement about addressing their demands in the ending program of a recent training program for skill development of tourism labor.

The president of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions, Binod Shrestha, said during the event that there must be participation not only to fulfill the basic needs of laborers but also for policy-level action. General Secretary of the Nepal Trade Union Congress, Yogendra Kunwar, said that laborers should fulfill their duties responsibly and make their demands without fear or hesitation.

President of the Union of Trekking Travels and Rafting Workers, Suman Prasad Parajuli, said that the tourism sector must function according to the law and that tourism laborers would not support businesses and government workers who work against the law. He also said that the trekking sector would be in trouble if issues and problems are not solved timely and warned that if the demands of tourism labor were not met on time, then they would shut down the entire sector. He also said that if the TIMS fees were not allocated to the laborers, then it should be stopped implementing or it should be deposited to the labourers' Social Security Fund.

Tourism entrepreneur Dipak Mahat said that businesses as well as the government must work to solve the issues faced by the tourism workers, and that TIMS fees must be allocated for the benefit of tourism workers. President of the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), informed that there is a need for unity in the tourism sector and informed about the issue of fake helicopter rescues conducted by a limited number of businesses, saying that the actions by a few is defaming the entire tourism sector.