Employees at the Alborada hotel in Las Galletas strike to demand wages
The representatives of the workers of the Alborada Ocean Club hotel in Las Galletas in the municipality of Arona in the south of Tenerife, say that their employers are: "playing with the lives and livelihoods of 85 families, and there are dramatic and unsustainable situations, such as medical leave due to anxiety, threats of eviction for not being able to pay rents, return of bank receipts and cut off telephone due to non-payment".
Staff are demanding the payment of their back wages to the company Ten-Bel Turismo SL, which operates the complex, having not long taken it over after a similar situation happened to many of the same staff with the previous owners of the complex.
The employees have started a strike for the non-payment of three monthly payments by Ten-Bel Turismo SL, to which are added another three from the previous company (Annapurna) that managed the complex and didn’t pay them either.
“In a period of less than two years, they have not paid us six monthly salaries that we are due, and since 2013 we have gone through five different situations with each one being worse, until we reach this moment now when we cannot bear it anymore; we are in a critical and desperate situation”, the workers say.
The Workers' Commissions union has confirmed that the problems worsened as of November of last year. “The Company Committee formally requested the cessation of the activity to be able to send the workers to the ERTE due to force majeure, stating that they had some type of economic coverage to meet their basic needs, but the company has incomprehensibly not taken this request to pay unpaid salaries into account", said union representatives.
They added that they appreciate the work of the employees, as well as the attitude of the hotel's clients and the solidarity of the businesses and residents of Las Galletas, "who have supported us from day one not only with encouragement, but also with food and drink”.
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The hotel reopened its doors after confinement on June 1st last year, the workers representatives’ recall, “barely 20 employees were removed from the ERTE and from the beginning it was easy to see that the amount of income wasn’t sufficient pay the payroll. For this reason we formally requested, that the company send all the staff to the ERTE, which they didn’t do.”