towards dismissed hotel and restaurant workers
The President of opposition party PS-Madeira, Paulo Cafôfo, yesterday used his Facebook page to accuse the Regional Secretary for Tourism, Eduardo Jesus, of “atrocious insensitivity” towards workers in the tourism sector who are being targetted for redundancies or laid off.
It is shocking and insensitive that the Regional Secretary of Tourism does not have a word of solidarity with workers who are being dismissed or those who enter into layoff uncertainty. The notoriety of Madeira destination was achieved through men and women who made our hospitality and the excellent service they provide to our tourists, travelled through the four corners of the world, but now going through the worst moments of their lives. That’s why we don’t serve a secretary and regional government accommodating the situation, not to say, satisfied with the situation, instead of taking actions aimed at saving jobs and our tourism.
Cafôfo’s publication is accompanied by a report from the Diario online yesterday which quotes the Secretary as saying that 30% occupancy during the “new” Flower Festival “is not a bad performance”.
Friday saw the closure of another hotel in the Savoy chain (owned by the AFA Group) – this time the Savoy Saccharum in Calheta, which will close until November. It will join the Savoy Gardens, the Royal Savoy, and Next and result in 400 staff in total joining the government “layoff” scheme – the equivalent of the UK’s furlough scheme.
Also last week, Reid’s Hotel announced 63 redundancies, reported here.
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