Hotel Sackings

ALM Sol Melia 01There has been quite an uproar over the sacking of eleven permanent staff from the Hotel Playa (originally Sol Meliá), which is situated on Playa San Cristóbal, next to Río Seco.
All political parties have expressed their support for the dismissed staff and the point was brought up in the last Plenary Meeting of the Town Council, where it was agreed to urge the hotel chain to take the workers back. There was talk of making the company return all of the municipal tax concessions that it has enjoyed over the years, but this was not adopted.
The hotel company cited low occupation figures as the reason for the dismissal of the workers but the union pointed out that there is very little difference between the 2008 and 2009 figures. The workers claim that their dismissal was fruit of the fact that the provincial authorities rejected a request by the hotel chain to change the existing conditions of employment that had been agreed upon by the company, unions and administration.

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