It seems that after a long-lasting process, the hotel industry’s collective agreement has reached its end with the signing between the two sides expected to take place soon.
The two sides have managed to reach a compromise agreement after long negotiations brokered by Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou, insiders told Phileleftheros.
Union representatives held final talks with the Minister about two weeks ago, and the hoteliers followed suit on Tuesday. Everything went smoothly and negotiations have been concluded positively, one also said.
The two sides had raised their concerns with the Minister, but these have been resolved and the only thing pending now is the day of the signing to be set – before the year’s end for sure.
And this because the Minister is expected to issue the minimum wage decree soon since it will come in effect as of January 1, 2020.
The whole process was blocked after both sides received the agreement’s text and wanted clarifications from Emilianidou who seems to have been very reassuring.
Thus, as from January 1 and for two years, some increases will be granted to employees and pay rises will be set in several occupation categories.
Substantially, this marks a success by the unions and paves the way for an overall settlement of the minimum wage issue.
According to the mediation proposal, the ministry should issue a minimum wage decree covering a total of 19 professional categories related to luggage, concierge staff, table attending assistants, minibar employees, maids, laundry and pool staff.
Under the proposal, salaries range from €870-€1,070 monthly, depending on the duration of service.