The CC OO and UGT unions have organised a protest demonstration this morning, Friday 15 June, to support workers in the hospitality sector who are threatening to go on strike in July, August and September.
The march will leave the Civic Centre after a meeting at 10am to approve the strike action, and end outside the Confederation of Malaga Businesses in Calle San Lorenzo, where supporters from other unions and associations will join them.
The conflict has arisen over new working conditions and a disagreement between employers and workers over salary increases. The unions set 15 June as a deadline for agreement to be reached.
Among those supporting the unions and the strike action are the so-called 'kellys', the room maids in hotels. They are planning action of their own over the summer, once they know the result of this morning's meeting.
The Andalusian government's representative in Malaga, José Luis Ruiz Espejo, has called for “responsible behaviour” and wants the employers and unions to make real efforts to come to an agreement so a strike during peak tourist season can be avoided. “The strike would not be beneficial to tourism in this area nor to the sector as a whole,” he warned.