Australian hotels want pay freeze

10 April 2002

BRISBANE – The Australian Hotels Association will push for a six-month freeze on any safety net wage increase for workers in the hotel industry.

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, the industry lobby group said it wanted the delay for hotels most adversely affected by the travel industry crisis caused by the Ansett collapse and the terrorist attacks on the United States.

An AHA spokesman was quoted saying that major accommodation hotels had never felt a downturn as severe or sustained. He was quoted saying that international arrivals had dropped by more than 10 percent in December, and revenues in accommodation properties had dropped by the same margin.

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