Spain - Low-pay and precarity in tourism - August 31, 2017

A Global Labour Column sketches out the problems in the tourism sector. Tourism work is tough and poorly paid, working conditions have deteriorated significantly, especially for hotel housekeepers. Hoteliers have taken advantage of the crisis to increase workloads, reduce wages, make contracts more insecure, and outsource. As a result of labour fragmentation, wages have dropped dramatically and many hotel cleaners have become ‘working poor’. Hotel housekeepers have been heavily squeezed; they are one of the largest groups among hotel staff, representing between 20 and 30% of employees. They are mostly female, suffering from multiple forms of discrimination.

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