Las Kellys hold Málaga demon­stra­tion

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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

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