The workers have decided to go on strike until they get acceptable working conditions and regular contracts, and a sector-wide agreement is reached.
After the first fortnight of the strike the NH and Barceló cleaners, supported by many people in the city, called a demonstration for November 16 in Bilbao (Basque Country). They took to the streets behind the slogan "No More Insecurity", demanding acceptable working conditions, regular contracts and an agreement.
The hotel cleaners started their strike on November 2nd, demanding acceptable working conditions and an agreement. The subcontracting company, Constant, does not wish to conform to the Bizkaia agreement.
ELA trade union's Joseba San Miguel has reported that the hotel cleaners' work conditions are completely insecure. "To get paid 800 Euros at the end of the month they have to clean between 18 and 25 rooms, which means 2.5 Euros per room", he explains. In addition to that, he says that both NH and Barceló infringe the right to strike by replacing them with workers provided by other companies. They also state that Barceló has sacked numerous people since the strike started.
San Miguel says that the company has refused to negotiate for as long as the strike goes on. The workers, however, are determined to carry on with the strike until they achieve their aims.
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