The direction of the Hotelaria do Algarve Union decided, at its meeting held yesterday, Tuesday, to move forward with a regional petition to demand higher wages and better working conditions.
"The decision comes because the two regional employers' associations in the sector do not want to share with workers, less unfairly, the wealth created by them with their effort and dedication," said the statement. Algarve Hotel, Tourism, Restaurants and Similar Industry.
According to the union structure, the Association of Algarve Hotels and Tourism Enterprises (AHETA) "blocked negotiations that were underway for the conclusion of a collective bargaining agreement" and the Association of Algarve Hotel and Related Industries (AIHSA). , “Although it agrees to meet, refuses wage increases for 2019 and 2020 says it is only available to give an increase that, for most workers, given the national minimum wage of 635 euros,“ would not reach 1 euro / day, after several years of freezing and lowering wages and worsening working conditions ”.
“If employers' associations do not negotiate salary scales that value wages more fairly, it is estimated that by 2020 more than 50% of workers in the sector will receive the national minimum wage”, concludes the Hotelaria do Hotel Union. Algarve
The structure maintains that it will take the petition to the entire region in the coming weeks, "to collect as many signatures as possible."