The Las Palmas hotel agreement runs aground in the salary increase

The agreement affects more than 70,000 workers in the province of Las Palmas. The sector employs more than 144,000 people in the Canary Islands. / ARCADIO SUAREZ

Until 2024, the increase in wages proposed by employers is 8%. The employer proposes a fixed-discontinuous contract modality of only four months of activity

Silvia Fernandez

The employers of the tourist sector of Las Palmas and the trade union organizations saw each other again yesterday in an attempt to advance and carry out the
agreement of the hotel industry of the province. More than 70,000 workers in Las Palmas are pending this agreement that governs their working and salary conditions. Nevertheless,
the meeting served "for little», as indicated by the deputy secretary general of the UGT of the Canary Islands, Francisco González, at the end of it.

As indicated,
The employer proposes a salary increase of 1.75% for this year 2022, a percentage that is well below the 3.5% proposed by the unions. "Clearly the proposal is very poor and does not reach what we consider appropriate taking into account the rise in prices and inflation that exceeds 8%," says González.

No salary review clauses

The deputy secretary general of the UGT adds that
the employers' proposal is to reach 8% in the next two years, until 2024. However, the businessmen "do not detail" what the percentage of increase will be in 2023 and 2024, with what is a commitment "somewhat in the air."

In addition, the employer refuses to introduce in the agreement the
review clauses wagesomething that is an indispensable condition for trade unions.

González indicates that employers also want to "play in their favor" with the issue of contracts and propose formulas to obtain greater flexibility now that, with the labor reform, temporary hiring is reduced to a minimum. As he explains, the employers propose that up to 80% of the contracts may be permanent, discontinuous or indefinite, and 20% temporary.

Within the discontinuous fixed, in addition to proposing the current modality of working for nine months and three without a job maintaining the contractual relationship,
the employer proposes a new "more flexible" contract modality of four months of activity with the possibility of extending it.

For González, this new modality "is very similar to an eventual». Hence, UGT proposed to employers "put a stop" to discontinuous landlines.

The trade union proposal requires that 75% of the workers be permanent; 10% have that "flexible modality" of four months of activity; another 10% have the current discontinuous fixed term of nine months of activity and 5% are temporary.

Risk of abusing the eventuality

"We understand that it is necessary to put a stop to the employer's proposal because, otherwise, within 7 or 8 months we would find that the majority of the workers would be with that contract and we would be in a new fraud of law", indicates Gonzalez.

The two parties have agreed to meet again next Thursday, May 26.

The deputy secretary of the UGT trusts that the employers will reflect and modify their position because otherwise "the mobilizations will begin." “After what is decided on the 26th, at the beginning of June there will be an assembly and depending on the progress made by then, the workers will decide,” warns González.

On behalf of the employers, the president of the Federation of Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurs (FEHT), José María Mañaricua, He indicated yesterday that the negotiations “continue” and that the employers have made a closed proposal for a salary increase for the three years between 2022 and 2024. “No year has been left unclosed. That is in the negotiation that is still open, “he said yesterday.

The general secretary of the UGT of the Canary Islands, Manuel Navarro, criticized a few days ago the attitude of the employers when the tourism sector of the islands begins to recover and the forecasts for this 2022 are very optimistic.

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