AHETA and union reach agreement to review the Collective Labor Agreement

Agreement was reached "after a long period of negotiations"

The Association of Hotels for Touristic Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA) and SITESE – Union of Workers and Technicians in Services, Commerce, Restaurants and Tourism signed an agreement on the 26th of July for the revision of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CCT), achieved "after a long period of negotiations".

The agreement, which was signed at the Ministry of Labour, in Lisbon, will be in force for a period of 3 years and takes effect on June 1, 2020.

«The changes involve, issues related to Hour Bank, Holidays, Weekly Rest Day Work and Vacations, Supplementary Work, etc.», revealed AHETA.

The document can be consulted online.

This CCT "is applicable exclusively to establishments registered with the association".

"We draw the attention of our members to the fact that establishments, owned and/or operated by a company affiliated with AHETA, but not registered in the association, are covered by other Collective Labor Agreements, as follows from the respective Extension Ordinances", he added the association.

AHETA draws attention to "the very significant differences" of this Collective Bargaining Agreement, when compared "with others signed by other entities, namely in terms of holidays, bank hours, allowance for failures, language subsidies".

With regard to public holidays, the contract stipulates that "normal work performed on a public holiday entitles the right to compensatory rest lasting half the number of hours worked or an increase of 100% of the corresponding remuneration, at the employer's option".

In addition, the municipal holiday and the Tuesday of Carnival "become a mandatory observance".

With regard to overtime work on a working day, "for the first hour of work or part of an hour, the worker receives the value per normal hour, plus 50%", while "for the second hour of work or part of an hour, the worker receives the normal hourly rate, plus 75%».

AHETA also gives as an example the issue of vacations.

According to the agreement, workers are entitled to an annual period of 22 days, «with the possibility of an increase associated with attendance: an increase of 3 days up to a maximum of a justified absence or 2 half-days; increase from 2 days to a maximum of 2 excused absences or 4 half-days; and increase from 1 day to a maximum of 3 excused absences or 6 half-days».

As for the hour bank, compensation "is made in working time, rest periods, vacation days or cash payment".