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Hotel checks to be stepped up as chambermaids “to strike” 

Hotel inspectors are to step up their checks across the Canaries as controversy continues to grow among room cleaners.

The regional government says inspectors are currently doing “a great job” but the appointment of six new members to the team will help intensify controls.

The announcement comes as chambermaids announc-ed their intention to take industrial action this summer over pay and conditions.

General director of labour of the regional executive, José Miguel González said during a conference in Arona that they were doing everything possible to ensure the health and welfare of hotel workers.

A good practice guide is being drawn up and it is currently being tested in some of the hotels in the Canaries. He said the response so far had been “very positive”.

Despite a decline in the incidence rate, the hospitality industry recorded nearly 4,000 accidents, which represents “a very high incidence, only surpassed by the construction sector,” he admitted.

The hotel sector registered a total of 3,975 accidents in 2017, 276 more than in the previous year, but the incidence rate-the number of accidents with respect to the working population-decreased by 1.55 per cent due to the increase in the number of people employed in this activity .

The chambermaids are represented by the Kellys Unión Tenerife which intends to hold protests outside the front of local hotels in tourist areas from July to tell the public about their “over-exploitation”.

They say many of the chambermaids don’t reach retirement age because they suffer ailments during their job.

A full strike will take place at Christmas “unless the situation changes”, they warn.