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Restaurant strike 99% successful in Mumbai; No support from MNC chains

Hotels and restaurants across India downed their shutters recently to protest against the ambiguous provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, and the service tax levied by the Centre on air-conditioned eateries that serve alcohol.

Shashikant Shetty, secretary, the Association of Hotels and Restaurants (AHAR), a Mumbai-based body, informed FnB News via telephone that although the eateries incurred losses worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore, there was an overwhelming response to it.

In fact, he said the strike was 99 per cent successful in Mumbai. “The indifference by the multi-national quick service restaurant (QSR) chains was disappointing,” Shetty said. However, he added that it was deliberate on their part.

“Jubilant Foodworks Ltd (the master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza), McDonald’s, Yum! Brands (which operates KFC and Pizza Hut) did not support us. The intention of the MNCs is mala fide. They want to wipe the smller Indian players out,” he said.

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