Hotel group Nordic Choice Hotels will not lay off any of its employees

Nordic Choice hotel Petter StordalenPetter Stordalen, owner of Nordic Choice Hotels. Photo: Adam Ihse / TT / NTB

The hotel group Nordic Choice Hotels will not lay off any employees even though the chain believes the government’s wage support scheme is not good enough.

According to Petter Stordalen’s hotel chain, the scheme covers only 35% of the wage costs for the permanent employees, so the group will have to pick up the majority of the bill to keep the workers employed. 

“We choose to put human considerations before economic considerations. I would still like to emphasize that even though this is the only scheme we can use, it is a disappointment, as losses we now have to incur are a result of us being banned from doing business,” CEO Torgeir Silseth of Nordic Choice Hotels stated.

The hotel group has around 5,000 employees in Norway. Many have been laid off during the pandemic, often for a long time.

“I am incredibly happy that the management has avoided sending out redundancy notices, and I’m extremely relieved that we do not have to go into a new downsizing just before Christmas,” the group’s shop steward Merethe Sutton said.

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