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Ashotel reaches “historic” wage agreement with hospitality workers 

After three months of negotiations, the hotel association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, Ashotel and the main union organisation, SB have signed a new collective agreement for the hospitality sector.

It will apply for the four-year period 2018-2022 and will bring a total wage rise of 10.25 per cent.

The economic aspects of this new agreement enter into force in retrospect as of July 1, 2018.

 It is the largest increase signed by the hotel sector in the province and will benefit some 63,303 hospitality workers in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, including the 26,128 who provide their services in hotel and non-hotel establishments (24,435 on the island of Tenerife). The annual increases for the four-year period 2018-2022 will be 3%, 2.75%, 2.5% and 2%, with which in the first three years salaries will increase by 8.25%, compared to 4.5 % of the three years of the previous agreement 2015-2018.

The negotiating table was set up in early July with representatives of SB (eight delegates), as well as CCOO (four) and UGT (three), the latter two later withdrawing.

The new regulatory frame-work increases from 60% current to 65% the volume of the minimum fixed staff in the accommodation establish-ments, while applying con-tinuous days to those part-time contracts, so that the hours worked can be done at once daily and not divided in several shifts.

 President of Ashotel, Jorge Marichal said the agreement “gives stability and labour peace for the next four years and is achieved with fair conditions, which undoubtedly includes this document, which applies the highest wage increase of all agreements that we have signed.”

The president of the hotel management recalled that this pact “represents an important effort for entrepreneurs and almost doubled in the first three years (2018-2021) the salary increase of the previous three years.”

“We are a serious, solid employer and we have ne-gotiated with the corres-ponding union representation, which is established by law,” he said, given the criticisms made by CCOO and UGT, which opted not to sign it.

Sr. Marichal strongly denied that the economic conditions of this new labour framework are inferior to those of the Las Palmas hospitality agreement and explained that both documents have very different structures. While the eastern province establishes fixed tables, in the case of the province of Tenerife, the salary tables are applied in 90% of cases an average increase of 20%, corresponding to the so-called company agree-ments that each company negotiate with their co-mmittee.