A portion of the approximately 500 workers of the JJW Hotels & Resorts Group, held by a millionaire sheikh, "has not yet received" the March salary and none of the employees "has received the April salary", denounced the Hotelaria do Algarve Union.
To protest and demand payment of overdue wages and the fulfillment of rights, workers will concentrate tomorrow, Friday, 22nd, at 11:30 am, in the tourist resort Pinheiros Altos (headquarters of the JJW Group in Portugal), at Quinta do Lago, Loulé municipality.
“House rents and bank loans are unpaid and workers are going hungry”, warned, in a statement, the Union of Workers in the Hotel, Tourism, Restaurants and Similar Industry in the Algarve.
In addition, "several workers with precarious links, but occupying permanent jobs, some for several years, are being fired", points out the union structure.
To alleviate the situation, the cafeterias of the Algarve units that are part of the hotel group were reopened so that workers could have a meal.
An official source from JJW Portugal told the newspaper Negócios that the group has overdue its April salary, but that salaries must be paid later this week, justifying itself with the treasury problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The JJW Group, which owns three hotels and two golf courses in the Algarve, is owned by Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber, a millionaire sheikh who has invested in the Algarve region for about three decades.