Barceló Hotel Group has filed a temporary employment regulation file (
) by force majeure for one hundred percent of its staff in Spain that affects 6,500 workers, sources from the Mallorcan hotel company have reported.The closure of the 68 hotels in Spain and the suspension of activities in the central offices due to the coronavirus pandemic has led the hotel company to make this decision.
The ERTE affects one hundred percent of the workforce and the hotels will keep a minimum of people, basically the management, technical services and security, to keep everything ready for the reopening. As for the central offices, the hotel company has presented a reduction ERTE that affects all employees with up to 50% of working hours and wages due to the cessation of activity and income.
The chain also closes most of the hotels it has abroad
The closure of most of the hotels it has outside of Spain have also been closed or is being prepared due to the halt in the tourist business due to movement restrictions issued by most countries to prevent COVID-19. In each country, the formula for temporary suspension of employment is being adapted to current legislation, they explained from Barceló.
The company affirms that practically all of the 30,000 employees of the Barceló Hotel Group while the world health crisis lasts, and that the intention is to resume activity as soon as possible. The “solidity” of the company and its 90 years of history are a “confidence value”, assures this company, which indicates that it is “very difficult” to make forecasts given the magnitude of this global crisis. “We are a resilient company and we are sure that we will overcome these circumstances and come out of it strengthened,” they assured from the hotel.
The coronavirus crisis has forced the closure of most hotels in Spain, which is causing an ERTE avalanche in the sector. In addition to Barceló, other major hotel chains have embraced this profile, including Iberostar, NH Hotel Group, Rius Group Y Meliá Hotels.