Department Of Employment Takes Up Lifeguards’ Case

February 20, 2013

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Veronica Rodriguez, the Los Cristianos lifeguard who was hospitalised after being on hunger strike for 17 days in protest at not being paid for over 6 months, has now taken her, and her colleagues case, to the Department of Employment.

Apart from the obvious lack of salary the lifeguards’ main grievance is the order issued by a labour tribunal to provide minimum services during their strike action.

In Spain wild cat strikes are illegal; strikes have to be previously advised and appropriate minimum services maintained where applicable, if so decreed by labour tribunals.

The lifeguards have not been paid their salaries since July 2012 due to the bankruptcy of the service sub-contractor Sport & Salvament SLU, and the unwillingness or inability of the Municipality of Arona to remedy the situation before the service is put out to public tender again.

The provision of minimal services is normally seen as a starting point in negotiations to resolve labour disputes quickly, however the Arona Ayuntamiento do not seem disposed to enter into any proper negotiations with the lifeguards.

Veronica has been at the forefront of the movement to bring this deplorable situation to the notice of officials, as well as members of the public and after a recent visit to Santa Cruz to meet with Department of Employment officials she says she now believes there is someone in authority who is prepared at least to look at the case.

All parties including the Council and Sport & Salvament company representatives have been invited to attend a meeting to discuss the matter next Tuesday.

The lifeguards are subsisting on donations from the public, if you wish to donate you can do so in person at the Lifeguard Station at Las Vistas beach or by a PAYPAL donation to veronica.rod.rod@gmail.com – please  make sure you put CAMPING “SOS Socorristas Arona” in the reference  or click here . Follow the lifeguards’ progress here

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