The low salaries practised in the hotel sector over the years are at the origin of the “‘brain drain’ to sectors with more favourable working conditions”, stresses the union.
The Union of Service Sector Workers (SITESE) announced this weekPortugal, Portugal News, Algarve, Algarve News that it had reached an agreement with the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA) for wage increases of an average of more than 14% for this year.
“SITESE and AHETA reached an agreement on pay scales for 2023, for an average increase of more than 14%,” the union said in a statement.
In addition to restoring purchasing power, the union says the agreement “constitutes a turning point in the approach the business association had taken regarding wages, meeting what had long been advocated by the SITESE”.
The low wages practised over the years in the hotel sector are at the origin of the “’ brain drain’ to sectors with more favourable working conditions”, stresses the union.
“The labour shortage crisis made it absolutely necessary to significantly increase wages to make this sector more attractive to workers and thus contribute to attracting and retaining them”, said the union.
The union defends that the work initiated by the two entities “should continue in the years to come, in the sense of providing the Algarve with manpower in quantity and quality”.
The next step, following the agreement for salary increases, should be the “negotiation of a new clause that will give workers more reasons to stay in the sector and the Algarve region”, states the union.