CS staff protests continue

More staff protests outside CS (Carlos Saraiva) hotel units in Albufeira have taken place over the last week about alleged wage arrears since January.

Last Friday around 78 employees, all of whom had been sent home by the group on February 17, claim they are facing serious financial difficulties and run the risk of losing their properties and other possessions due to commitments with the banks because of “payment delays since January”.

A further protest involving 40 members of staff took place on Monday at the CS Lagoas in Herdade dos Salgados and another was scheduled to take place yesterday (Thursday) outside the CS Atlantic Hotel in São Rafael, “the only CS hotel unit in operation in the Algarve”, said hotel workers union representative Cândido Reigado.

In January, the Algarve Resident reported that following negotiations with Banco Espírito Santo, Banco Popular and BCP, the CS group had said that the agreements with the banks would enable “a full financial recovery” and all commitments negotiated would be undertaken with employees and suppliers.

However, and despite workers being told that they would receive their payments until the end of their contracts, “this is not happening”, say the workers.

Protests have been ongoing since the end of last year.

A source from the CS Group administration told Lusa news agency this week that it was trying to resolve the problem “as soon as possible”, but a date was not confirmed.