Amaryllis Hotel owners deploy blackmail tactics to workers

Encountered by the reality of workplace malpractice exposure, owners and some senior managers at Amaryllis Hotel have deployed blackmail tactics on employees to appear as if they have a clean record on service and operations management.

The form Amaryllis Hotel is giving employees
Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre: Chaos and blackmail now reigns in ‘paradise’

The development has created chaos, further hitting on employees productivity in service delivery.

All this comes in the wake of last week’s Nyasa Times publication about rampant workers abuse that have become a feature at the hotel. According to current and former employees, the abuses are dismissal of employees on a daily basis without proper procedure and harassment.

Some of the issues that have lead to instant dismissals are trying to get some fresh air after working in sweltering heat, going to the loo during working hours, having lunch or supper within the hotel structure, slight delays when reporting for duties, using the elevator when the bosses are in, while others have face the chop for trying to elaborate issues to bosses which is deemed rude.

Amaryllis Hotel Chief Executive Officer Yusuf Shiraz, is a local Managing Partner at Ernst & Young and his son Yusuf Shiraz Jnr. is the hotel’s general manager who convinced South Africa’s Food Lovers Market to become a franchise holder in addition to getting clients for the newly established hotel.

To shield themselves from the wrath of non-compliance to good business practices in the eyes of their local and international business partners and clients, the two, have been rounding up employees to have them sign a form under duress whose contents tries to deny the workplace abuses that the family has been directing at employees.

Employees say the owners have been raging mad and throwing fits on those hesitant or asking for more time before they sign the form. The say Amaryllis management intends to use signed forms as backup that all is well when questioned on the issue by authorities and interest groups.

A copy of the form accessed by Nyasa Times, shows that it is backdated to 24th March, 2020, a day prior to the exposure of the abuses.

“I acknowledge that at Amaryllis hotel, we are provided with the required benefits that include food during working hours, and that to the best of my knowledge there is no victimisation or intimidation of any kind within the organisation. I also acknowledge that I am not aware of any termination that has happened to employees,” part of the form reads.

The hotel’s employees say they have been issued with a warning that any of them who does not sign the form by Friday this week will be fired.

“They want us to sign something which to us is certifying a lie so that they can save their faces when Government officials and business partners question them about this issue. It is even worse that they are going the same route of threatening to fire us. It is blackmail,” the employees say.

They added that hotel management heavily discourages them from joining any workers’ union or forming one.

Malawians in the city have called upon authorities and rights groups to swiftly take up the issue.

“Yes the country needs investors to create jobs and earn a share of business on the international market, however, issues of workers abuse and dismissals based on flimsy excuses coming from the new hotel must never be entertained. This is what both the civil society, yes these national workers unions plus popular rights groups, and Malawi government should address. We are talking of people’s lives here,” said Kondwani Malunga a Blantyre resident.

Since its official launch some months ago, the confirmed figure for dismissed employees at Amaryllis Hotel is now over 120.

When the issue emerged last week, newly appointed Minister of Labour, Skills and Innovation Honourable Lilian Patel assured workers in Malawi that their rights are there to be protected at all times but asked for more time to specifically address the Amaryllis Hotel issue.

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Adam, the wise man
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Adam, the wise man

The Yufuf again? Shiraz Yusuf’s stars are not aligned and I can see lots of troubles coming his way. Lots of cloud over his head. I hope he prays. Sadly, Shiraz is a fake Muslim. His heart is really harsh. He is a greedy man despite some token charities. His dad is a good man, so he can still be saved. How can Shiraz plan to set up a new bank while at the same time leading a firm that consults for banks and owners of banks. So he is going to compete against his clients now after having full… Read more »

Mary T
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Mary T

Great article Shame on EY for being represented in Malawi by such a shady character. My boss who is based in Nairobi was going to come to Blantyre and he initially wanted to stay at Amaryllis then changed his mind after he read a disturbing post on Travelocity about discrimination (aparteid) against black employees at Amaryllis. This travelocity post confirms the point made by the Nyasa Times article. A real shame in 21st century. One day, this Shiraz man will definitely get his payback. God always watches silently and patiently until a appropriate time to teach us a lifetime lesson.… Read more »

Johann
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I am so glad I read this article. I love Malawi. I work for EY in South Africa. I know Shiraz well and consider him a friend. He is a good guy but I am not surprised to see the side of him that your article describes. He can be extremely greedy. Shiraz has been in trouble at EY and it will be interesting how his partners react to his activism in business. They will wonder how much time he devotes to EY business. I can guess what their answers will be. I am really disappointed at my friend Shiraz.… Read more »

Santa Banta
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Santa Banta

Hotel Employes should Form there Own UNION with Strong Reprenstative and Lawyer

Honest Opinions
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Honest Opinions

Anybody who knows this family well, knows this is just how they operate. They are cruel and believe in intimidation & abuse of power. A lot of people have suffered and are suffering under their management. Just go to Amaryllis or EY and ask around, people who work under them shall rarely have anything good to say about them. I am surprised that this article is still up. They haven’t bribed or threatened anyone yet? The amount of unfair dismissals at Amaryllis, the cases go silent at the Labour office. Many people leave without their benefits. A lot of unlawful… Read more »

Asmaa
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Asmaa

Boss, I am surprised too that this article is still up. I was expecting that by now Yusuf would have bullied people to take it down. I think he does not care. He thinks that he owns this country. He goes around saying that has every politician (DPP, UDF, MCP, PP or else) and judge in his hands. If that is true, then the dog can bark, the trailer will move on. No one can stop Yusuf in this country. The Ministry of Labour will not dare knocking at his door to defend Yusuf’s poor employees. MRA will not either,… Read more »

Mohammed S.
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Mohammed S.

Fully agreed. Yusuf is too influencial bc he has been the head and face of Ernst Young too long. It is about time that Ernst put an order in this unless they prefer shaddy and unethical stuff. Malawian people of influence, pls use your contact and make sure that Ernst does not continue to overlook Yusuf’s bully and abuse. Being an asian in this country, I don’t like someone giving us a bad reputation. We asians want to build Malawi and Malawi is our country. We must blend it in order to do well and be safe. Yusuf Shiraz is… Read more »

John S.
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John S.

Yusuf Shiraz and his Kuwaiti friends who want to set up an Halal bank in Malawi. Unbelievable! RBM is a professional institution headed by a seasoned banker who understand banking regulations very well. In our regulatory framework were the interest is a key monetary and economic policy instrument, Halal bank has no place. Yusuf will use this as another tool to blow smoke and make easy money for himself and his Kuwaiti friends. Malawians are not that dump to fall for it. Yusuf, please stop. Nyasa Times must also investigate this

ZAGWA ZATHA
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ZAGWA ZATHA

Most of our youth are lazy bones, you try to correct them they will rush against you. kungofuna ndalama osagwira ntchito. kugona 3am chifukwa cha whatsapp then mkumapita kuntchito 8:30 akakuchotsani ndiye muyambe kuwanyelera!!!!! Amwene ayamba lero kuchotsa anthu ntchito??? ngati muli ndi madando ospita ku labor office bwanji? why destroying other people’s business efforts. Even if you press for its closure, they will go elsewhere and do business. Ineyo ndalembapo ntchito achinyama akumalawi koma amwene, mbuli za ana. ku school palibe chomwe akuchitako, kumangokwerana basi and sharing nude pics. f””””king lecturers and getting free grades. Akayamba ntchito akufuna udziwakwera… Read more »

Hot Dog (Galu yotenta)
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Hot Dog (Galu yotenta)

It’s normal for employers to have their employees sign such documents. They are legal in nature. ESCOM has done this last year.
However, the issue of mistreating workers shud be dealt differently. This issue is abig one in Asian-related companies. It’s high time our labour laws were taken into seriously by employers. These investors may use divide and rule or spy on your friend tactics. These cannot work if employees are organised or individually they cannot accept to be manipulated.

Abcd
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Abcd

Yusuf Shiraz Yusuf your attitude is same like
Altaf A s investments he used to do the same
To his workers and the end he shoot his truck
Driver who told him I will report what dirty work you have made me do.
Chamba export to jozi

Altaf Sattar is driving Duty free cars on Member of parliament names

Secondly his 2 sons are doing drugs with associated suppliers son shameel who killed zahira akbanie

Mariam K
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Mariam K

wow, you’ve got so much information. Why don’t you tell us who you really are and confront us with your big mouth. You’re a chicken; and you’ve got no life whatsoever. Go drown yourself. Also go for a mental health check because something up there is definitely loose.

Tim
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Tim

I wonder who you really are and work for?

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

This series of articles against Amaryllis hotel are being sponsored by rival hotels who are feeling threatened.

Ahmed Mohan
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Ahmed Mohan

Shiraz Yusuf is a fake Muslim who pretends to believe in Allah, for show buz. He really gives a bad name to Asian businesses and to Erstn Young. Ernst Young must moving Yisuf out. Yusus is now toxic. I know him well and pray with him at the mosque. He is all pretence. He should resign from Erntn Young and focus on his hotel, before Erstn Young fire him. Yusuf is in deep trouble. I read the star and his is not aligned

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