Eurest workers on strike on November 5 against dismissal of 122

Nuno Coelho, director of FESAHT, told the Lusa news agency that the intention of collective dismissal of 122 workers was communicated last week, but has not yet been formalized.

Eurest workers will have a national strike and a concentration on November 05 against the collective dismissal of 122 employees that the company announced, the Federation of Hotel and Tourism Trade Unions (FESAHT) said today.

Nuno Coelho, director of FESAHT, told the Lusa news agency that the intention of collective dismissal of 122 workers was communicated last week, but has not yet been formalized.

"It is evident that we will do everything to stop this dismissal, for which there is no justification," he said.

According to the union leader, Eurest resorted to a simplified lay-off to face the effects of the pandemic and now wants to fire workers, contrary to government recommendations.

Meanwhile, the Hotel, Tourism and Catering Union is promoting plenary sessions to clarify and mobilize workers to fight collective dismissal.

"The workers do not accept the dismissal and for that reason they are going to have a day of strike and a concentration at the company's headquarters, in Almada", said Nuno Coelho.

The union leader also drew attention to the fact that sometimes the plenary sessions are not allowed by the companies where these workers provide meals and gave Efacec as an example.

“Today when he presented himself at Efacec's door, in Maia, to hold a plenary session with the workers in this canteen, a union leader was prevented from entering the premises allegedly by Eurest instructions and Efacec's coverage”, he said, referring to the illegality committed by both companies.

Faced with the ban on entry by the union leader, Eurest workers went to the factory's fence network and answered their questions about the process they are being victimized there and elected a union delegate to represent them in the process.

Eurest, which belongs to the English group Compass, has been operating in Portugal since 1974, operating canteens, cafeterias, bars, service areas, cafeterias and other related services.

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