Union accuses Sheikh hotels of owing March salaries and layoffs

It's not just April salaries that are unpaid, the union assures

Tiago Jacinto of the Hotel Industry Union – Photo: Rodrigo Damasceno

There are workers still waiting to receive their March salary and none of the approximately 500 employees of the units that the JJW Hotels & Resorts Group has in the Algarve received in April. In addition to this, there are dismissals of workers with precarious ties, but who have been working for the group for years, accuses the Union of Workers in the Algarve Hotel, Tourism, Restaurant and Similar Industry, which will promote a concentration tomorrow, the 22nd, at 11:30 am, at the Pinheiros Altos development, in Quinta do Lago.

This action, scheduled for the location of the headquarters of this hotel group in Portugal, aims to "protest and demand the payment of wages in arrears and compliance with the rights" of workers.

Like Sul Informação had already realized yesterday, the employees of the different enterprises that the multimillionaire Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber owns in the Algarve have not yet received their April salary.

Around 500 people are involved, working at the five-star hotels Penina, in Alvor, and Dona Filipa, in Vale do Lobo, as well as at Formosa Park, in Ancão, and at the San Lorenzo and Pinheiros Altos golf courses, in Quinta do Lago, in Almancil.

Today, the union went public to reveal that the situation is even more serious. “A part of the approximately 500 workers at the company have not yet received their March wages and none have received their April wages. There are unpaid house rents and bank loans and workers starving”.

"In addition, several workers with precarious ties, but occupying permanent jobs, some for several years, are being fired," added the union members.

The difficulties experienced by some of the workers led to "the canteens being reopened so that the workers could have a meal".

Speaking to Jornal de Negócios, official source of the JJW Hotels & Resorts Group, he admitted that there was an April salary in arrears, but that these should be paid "still this week".