Multimillionaire Sheik's Algarve Hotels Don't Pay Their 500 Workers

The salaries for the month of April are missing. The March ones were paid in installments

Penina Hotel – Archive Image

Late wages and a lack of information about what their future will be are making the nearly 500 employees of the JJW Hotels & Resorts Group, which owns the five-star hotels Penina, in Alvor, and Dona Filipa, in Vale do Lobo, desperate. as well as the Formosa Park, in Ancão, and the San Lorenzo and Pinheiros Altos golf courses, in Quinta do Lago, in Almancil.

“They paid their March salary in two installments, 270 and 410 euros, they didn't pay the April salary and they never told us anything again – if we were going to lay off, how would it be. Nothing. And those who are working, maintaining the facilities, find themselves in the same situation. Many have even terminated the contract. We feel completely abandoned», described one of the group's employees, in the Algarve, in statements to Negócios.

The situation had already been denounced by the Union of workers in the Hotel, Tourism, Restaurant and Similar Industry of the Algarve, which, in the last week of April, said that about two thirds of the employees of this group, held by the multimillionaire sheik Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, they still hadn't received the month of March.



At the time, the union promoted a demonstration in Quinta do Lago, in front of the house of one of the hotel owners' children.

Although workers have already received their March salary, paid in installments, the Sul Informação found that there are employees who are still waiting to receive this month's salary.

Meanwhile, the administration of JJW Hotels & Resorts admitted to Negócios that the group is late in paying its April salary, "but that it should be paid this week."

“The entire hotel business closed, so the operators did not pay us for the February or March stays, which created cash flow problems. We had to turn to the shareholder, who has been get ahead», justified the hotel group.

The same official source from JJW Portugal guaranteed that the group's golf courses in Quinta do Lago are already “working” and that the Penina and Dona Filipa hotels “will reopen on the 4th and 7th of June”, respectively, remaining Formosa Park “under renovation works”.

Despite having closed the hotels, the group kept the canteen of the Hotel Penina & Golf Resort open and continued to provide meals to its workers.