Hotel Workers Demand Backpay

Around 100 employees of Hotel Playacálida and Hotel Almuñécar Playa (owned by same hotel chain) demanded backpay corresponding to 2011, 2012 & 2013.

MOT Juzgado de lo Social law courtThey took their demands to court which ended in the Tribunal Supremo finding in their favour. Consequently the hotel company paid almost 100,000 euros over to the Juzgado de lo Social (labour court) in Motril but it still hasn’t been transferred to the hotel employees.

The workers union, CGT has called for a protest on the 20th of May at the doors of the said law court. The reason why the money has still not been paid to the demandants is that the court house is completely snowed under; something that is endemic to Spanish law courts.

As can be expected, the said workers, who have been under an ERTE (government salary subsidies) for a year because of the health crisis, desperately need the money that is rightfully theirs.

However, the money remains in the court’s possession, something that reflects the certificate of receipt issued to the hotel chain by the said court. Perversely, this situation could cause problems with the workers’ tax declarations as officially the hotel has paid them the money although it has still not reached them.

For all of the above reasons, the Comité de Empresa de los Hoteles Almuñécar Playa y Playacálida has convoked a demonstration in front of the law court on the 20th at 10.00h.

Editorial comment: the lentitude of the Spanish legal system is notorious, with cases not reaching trial up to twelve years later. Whilst the nation’s politicians bicker and quibble, vying for political point scoring, the much needed overhauling of the Spanish Banking and Legal System remains ignored.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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