Eighteen thousand workers in the hotel and catering sector in the Algarve have been laid off in the last two months.
“And after the summer?” is the slogan of a campaign run by the PCP (Partido Comunista Português – Portuguese Communist Party) among workers in the Algarve’s tourism sector after 18,000 people lost their jobs in the last two months.
“At the end of October last year, more than 10,000 employment contracts in the Algarve’s tourism sector ended, leaving just as many workers unemployed. By the end of September, the figure was already 8.000″, revealed PCP.
For the communists, this is “a harsh reality that characterises the development of this sector in the Algarve with a strong seasonality, low wages, insecurity and unemployment”.
Although sales and profits are rising…
“All this in a context in which the turnover, the number of tourists and the profits of this sector have increased year after year”, stresses the PCP.
The political initiative began on Monday with the distribution of a PCP leaflet to hundreds of workers who came to the main labour offices in the region (Faro, Portimão, Albufeira), the communists revealed.
The campaign will be extended in November to cover the main hotel units throughout the Algarve, and the PCP’s proposals for a general increase in salaries (including the national minimum wage of €850), for combating precariousness (which stipulates that a permanent job is equivalent to an effective employment contract) and for respecting the working hours and other rights of those who work.
“At a time when newspapers are being filled and news with records are being opened in the tourism sector, it is all the more incomprehensible that no progress is being made in this regional emergency, namely salary increases on 1 January, which will ensure the restoration of the purchasing power lost over the last decade,” the spokespersons concluded.