Snow But No Go

The semi-public company that runs the Sierra Nevada ski resort will be in tears enough to melt the snow because there's a strike at Easter.

GRA Sierra Nevada Reopens DC20It was agreed at the general assembly of resort workers to hold two days of strikes: on the Friday before Easter (the 26th of March) and then on Saturday the 3rd of April during Easter weekend.

This could change if a deal is struck between the company and the workers via the Sistema Extrajudicial de Resolución de Conflictos Laborales en Andalucía (SERCLA), who are industrial-dispute arbitrators. In fact, it could change for the worse with the strike being extended.

The workers complaint is in the way that ERTEs were arbitarily imposed by the company, affecting all the staff. In other words, the strikers want the ERTEs withdrawn.

The Chairman of the Committe, Miguel Ángel Vargas, said, “The ERTE is not only prejudicial for the ski-resort workers, but it is also not treating people who have business up there very well, either.”

The workers committe also considers that the ski-resort company, Cetursa, is using the pandemic as an excuse to whittle away at their workers rights. Furthermore, they point out that the cuts to the workforce directly reflects upon safety on the slopes.

On the other hand the company, Cetursa Sierra Nevada, regrets the calling of a strike right in the middle of the best moments of what has been the hardest times in the history of the Sierra Nevada ski resort, which will also affect dozens of businesses present in Pradollano, such as shops and restaurants, etc.

It points out that it has made tremendous efforts to maintain employment despite how minimal activity has been; users have fallen by 70% since the pandemic began.

(News: Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia)

  2 comments for “Snow But No Go

  1. March 17, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Aitor: sounds good but could lead to legal problems for embezzlement or something of such sort, even though no moneys are taken.

    Refusing to work thereby denying a company earnings is one thing, but denying the company earnings whilst operational is channelling what is not yours to other hands; misappropriation of funds. Sounds like a sticky wicket.

  2. Aitor
    March 17, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Maybe the ski slopes workers should take a leaf out of the book of Japanese strikers. Keep the slopes open but allow everyone free access to the slopes by giving away free ski passes. They get everything they want and hurt the ski lift operators even more by still costing the operators money in electricity. Indeed that leaves more money in skiers pockets to spend in the town supporting jobs in smaller businesses. So this inconveniences the ski operators more than a normal strike and doesn’t inconvenience the public.

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