Urgent Action: Covid-19 Hospital Workers Fired; Not Paid (Guatemala: UA 95.20)

46 facilities and cleaning staff of the public Industrial Park Temporary Hospital in Guatemala City were fired on 5 June and have not received pay since they began work on 23 March. The Ministry of Health that employs them said they needed a high school degree to continue working. We call on the authorities to urgently pay staff for the time worked and carry out an independent investigation into their dismissals which allows for remedies if the dismissals are found to be unfair.



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Minister Hugo Monroy
Minster of Public Health and Social Assistance
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Ambassador Manuel Espina
Embassy of Guatemala
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Phone: 202 745 4953 I Fax: 202 745 1908
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Twitter: @EmbaGuateUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister Monroy,

I am gravely concerned about 46 facilities and cleaning staff fired on 5 June at the Industrial Park Temporary Hospital attending to COVID-19 cases in Guatemala City.

The only reason for dismissal given by the Ministry of Health is that administrative requirements meant they needed to present a high school or university degree to keep their job. Many of these workers only have a basic education and do not have these papers. They have not been paid since they began work from 24 March (similar to several of the medical staff of the hospital). They have been given no unemployment compensation.

I call on you to protect all staff at the Industrial Park Hospital (in particular the 46 facilities staff fired on 5 June) by urgently paying them and carrying out an independent investigation on the circumstances of their terminations which allows for effective remedies.

Yours sincerely,