Las Kellys hold Málaga demonstration
By Dave Jamieson A DEMONSTRATION by chambermaids in Málaga on Friday called for an end to sub-contracting their work. They say external contractors force them to work in conditions of “slavery” with unpaid hours and prejudice to their retirement benefits.
The protest was part of a summer campaign by a group called Las Kellys (based on ‘las que limpian,’ the women who clean) in which they have undertaken to “name and shame” hotels and others who employ people in “inhumane conditions”.
The meeting heard that young people who are contracted for a four-hour working day can end up working 10 hours a day, because they are obliged to clean up to 30 rooms in a shift. Las Kellys also claim that health conditions resulting from the work, including carpal tunnel, arthritis, back pain and tendinitis, force maids to take early retirement. As a result, they do not receive the full state pension.
David Coso, the Podemos par- ty's tourism representative in Andalucía, attended Friday’s protest as a show of support. He said a package of measures was presented to the regional parliament in July with the aim of es- tablishing mechanisms to regulate subcontracting and work overload.
The measures also call for increased inspections at hotels and the end to public aid for those who do not comply with the regulations. Sr Coso added that the measures have been unanimously endorsed although no action has yet been taken.
The chambermaids during their protest in Málaga last Friday