This morning at about 4 am we heard rally cries from what sounded like a pep rally. It was really strange but we didn’t think anything of it.
We had breakfast at Atoll restaurant and there was completely new staff there and it seemed to be busier than usual. Afterward we found out that there is an employee strike going on (it seems to be the Maldivians rather than the foreign staff) and so the resort had pulled people from other sections of the resort to help out. There were people from the spa, the gift shop, and from the dive shop delivering food and helping out.
Due to the employee strike, all of the restaurants except atoll and Rangali Bar have been closed and all the excursions have been canceled. Other services such as housekeeping have been suspended.
Hopefully they’ll be able to resolve it soon – we were going to go on a dolphin cruise tonight and were scheduled to have cocktails at the underwater restaurant, Ithaa. Under the circumstances, I feel the resort has been doing really well to keep the place running.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to an article – a little unnerving with this quote:
The service in the island has not been disrupted. However, the strikers are threatening that they might have to disrupt the services to the inhouse guests if their demands are not met.