Twenty six restaurants operating under three chains in Kathmandu have been shut down after the Maoists affiliated union exerted pressure to fulfil their demands of hiking pay and perks.

Restaurants operating under the chains of Nepal Dairy’s, Hot Bread and The Bakery Cafe have shut down their outlays in Kathmandu since Sunday following the Maoists’ pressure, according to Restaurant and Bar Association Nepal (RABAN).

The decision to close down the restaurant outlays was taken after the Maoist workers obstructed operation for eight hours on Saturday to press for their demands.

Although the restaurant owners and labour union had earlier agreed to review their pay and perks in every three years during previous agreement, the pro-Maoist workers obstructed the operation of restaurant one year before the agreement expires, one of the owners said. We will review their salary next year as it was increased just two years ago, he pointed out.

The pro-Maoist trade union has demanded 40 per cent pay hike and 100 per cent increment in allowances. More than 600 employees were working in these 26 restaurants which have closed their operation since Sunday.

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