The pandemic takes away 578,896 jobs in the hospitality industry


CCOO denounces breaches of companies

The figures of the economic drain and in the employment that the pandemic is producing have been exposed in the framework of the Global Action Week of Hospitality Workers, an online event promoted by different union organizations, and that has had the participation of CCOO and UGT.

According to Gonzalo Fuentes, head of the Hospitality and Tourism area of ​​CCOO, during the virtual meeting “we explained that we got to work from day one so that, through tripartite social dialogue -unions, employers and the Government- the workers had social coverage through ERTEs and other social and economic instruments, with the aim that no one will be left behind in this serious crisis “.

“But despite the union effort we are aware that the sector has many unsolved problems, including employment, where we find 238,524 fewer workers than last year, to which we have to add another 340,372 people who are still included in the ERTE, so the total number of unemployed far exceeds half a million people (578,896) “, indicates Gonzalo Fuentes.

“Many of these people were eventual who have lost their jobs due to the decline in hotel tourism activity. To them we have to add the defaults of companies in the sector to provide coverage to the workers, “he says.

These breaches have been recurrent among the multi-service companies, which has particularly affected the group of chambermaidssays the head of CCOO.

But there have also been numerous breaches that have affected the permanent discontinuous workers, “what they have not been included in all cases in the ERTE, as has happened in the main hotel chain in the world, Marriott“, says Gonzalo Fuentes.

Hotel industry demonstration in Barcelona, ​​on October 16, in protest of the closure decrees that were applied that month. Photo: Efe

Unions ask to extend ERTE

For now, CCOO has proposed to extend the ERTE “until the recovery is effective” as well as the implementation of “crash plans for the maintenance of employment and the productive fabric “.

Precisely, Jose Luis Escrivá, Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, has indicated that thanks to the “hibernation” measures, such as the ERTE or aid to the self-employed, the productive fabric has remained “intact”, so it is planned to extend it for a semester.

Although the minister has recognized that, due to the economic and demand crisis, companies will make staff adjustments, the number of ERTE that will become ERE “will be less than what is said.”

  • Escrivá anticipates that the ERTE will last until the summer
  • The tourism sector concentrates the largest number of workers in ERTE