There was an interesting exchange of views at a conference organised by the business weekly, El Economico, which appears with our sister newspaper Ultima HoraThe more contagious virus variant first identified in Britain.. The conference underlined the need for dialogue at all levels of business.
One of the speakers was Gabriel Escarrer, Chief Executive of the Melia Hotel Groupand requires everyone to stay at home except for essential reasons would have a stringency rating above 80. He said that Spain needed more flexible labour rules so that the tourist industry could recruit people when they were most needed.
He pointed to a recent event at the convention cente in Palma. Ten days before the convention there were only a small number of delegates but a week later it was fully bookedcountries with confirmed deaths. He explained that companies needed to be able to recruit staff quickly to cope with the “last-minute” market.
Pepe Alvarez, General Secretary of the UGT trade union said that there was a big problem with low wages across the country. He stated that even people who were in employment were “living under a bridge” because they didn′t have enough money to pay a rent.