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LABOUR FARCE Strike Action Hits Tourist Attractions

Wednesday August 16, 2017

LABOUR FARCE Strike Action Hits Tourist Attractions

An indefinite strike by workers at Lanzarote´s main tourist attractions took effect yesterday. Resulting in the complete closure of the Cuevas de los Verdes and tourist hire cars being turned away from the Timanfaya National Park.  Whilst today the Jameos del Agua has been completely closed to visitors.

Elsewhere ticket booths were closed, allowing tourists free access and sightseers were greeted by picket lines at all of the island´s other key Centres of Art, Tourism and Culture, such as the Cactus Garden and the Mirador del Rio, whose entrance way was initially blocked by a stationary vehicle.

The industrial action relates to unsanctioned deductions made from workers´salaries by management - an action declared illegal by the courts in the Canary Islands.

Negotiations to avoid a strike broke down last week and as a result senior management are now attempting to keep the attractions open to the public with a skeleton staff. Whilst outside each attraction, workers protest with banners and distribute leaflets outlining their position to bemused visitors. Creating an overall impression that can only be negative for the image of the island.  During July alone, over 300,000 visitors explored Lanzarote´s key attractions - a figure that would have been even higher in August.

The workers strike committee now plan to lodge a formal complaint with the Guardia Civil, claiming that management are flouting safety procedures by attempting to open the attractions with insufficient staffing levels. Whilst the local island government, the Cabildo, looks set to be heading for meltdown over the issue as coalition partners begin blaming each other for the shameful shortfalls of management.

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