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Paradors facing worst year yet PARADOR hotels group is having its worst year ever. Occupancy levels for 2012 are predicted to be 52 per cent, and the company now has debts of more than €110 million. And against this backdrop, the company is facing more strikes on New Year’s Eve

and New Year’s Day in ongoing protests over company redundancy plans which could see 644 staff lose their jobs. There are plans to close seven Parador hotels and at other properties staff will have working hours and salaries reduced in cost-cutting moves. Throughout Spain, Parador hotels employ 4,400 people. In a recent stoppage, unions report that 80 per cent of staff backed the strike throughout Spain, with all staff striking in Ayamonte, Puerto Lumbreras, Albacete, ONLY 13.7 per cent of contracts in Spain are for Teruel, Manzanares and part-time jobs. Ferrol, and around 90 per While throughout the European Union (EU) an cent in Nerja, Toledo, average of almost 19 per cent of contracts are for Caceres and Zafra. part-time jobs, in Spain, this option is not popular, The person in charge of according to a Eurostat study. the section for ‘Paradores de Despite high unemployment and the Spanish Tourism’ of union Comisiones government praising part-time jobs as an option to Obreras (CCOO), Enrique allow people to spend more time with their families, Sanchez, has announced it just hasn’t taken off. that the redundancy plan But in other EU countries part-time work has been affects almost a third of the seen as a solution. staff. One of the main reasons against in Spain is the CCOO blames the drastic high cost to the employer, with taking on two people fall in the number of clients part-time rather than one full-time is a lot more and income on poor expensive. management. In Holland, 48 per cent of the population is The Paradors due to be employed in a part-time job, followed by Germany closed are two in Galicia, two and the UK at around 25 per cent. in Castilla-La Mancha, one in However, part-time employment in countries Andalucia, one in Murcia and including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria one in Aragon. is even lower than in Spain, with 4.7, 3.9 and 2.2 per There are also plans to cent respectively. close a further 27 Paradors for five months of the year.

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Fashionable Mango still growing SPAIN’S own Mango has now opened shops in Pakistan and Burma. Some 5,000 designs per year are created and distributed from the Barcelona headquarters of the Catalan fashion retailer. Though much smaller than Inditex’s Zara, Mango has 2,500 shops worldwide and employs more than 26,000 people.

Last year the company made €1.4 billion, up 35 per cent on the previous year, and this is expected to rise again. This is mainly thanks to the company’s strategy of lowering prices by 20 per cent and not increasing VAT in Spain this year, with its homeland remaining its best market with 18 per cent of its sales.

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Costa de Almeria 13 - 19 December 2012 Issue 1432  

News in English from the Costa del Sol. Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axarquia - Malaga East and Mallorca.

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