Appeal of the Social Council for Tourism: In order to preserve jobs in tourism, support must continue
The social partners in tourism, representatives of HUP-Association of Hospitality and Tourism and the trade union in tourism STUH and SIKD, yesterday at the session of the Social Council for Tourism discussed the situation in the tourism sector and the necessary new solutions after the current measures of the Government. In conclusion, Eduard Andrić, President of the Social Council for Tourism and President of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia, emphasized that faced with a severe corona virus attack on tourism and hospitality as a fundamental driver of the Croatian economy, and calls on the Government to continue implementing tourism support measures in order to maintain all the positive effects of previous measures that have saved thousands of jobs and enabled inclusion workers at the beginning of the tourist season which is still questionable because it does not depend on us and the diligent hands of our tourist workers.”As social partners, together with the Croatian Employers’ Association-Association of Hospitality and Tourism, we will continue negotiations on adjusting the national – branch collective agreement and all collective agreements with employers to actively influence the further recovery and sustainability of activities in the coming period. recovery depends solely on the workers and their jobs which should still by no means come into question.” They also suggest that new decisions be made as soon as possible and that a moratorium or postponement of contractual obligations be provided which, due to extraordinary circumstances, cannot be fulfilled and which could not have been foreseen or caused by permanent seasonal workers or employers. “Permanent seasonal workers are just as important for employers in tourism as all permanent workers, so it is important for us to provide them with equal protection measures in maintaining the stability of labor relations and social protection through guaranteed compensation while they are not working. This is our common interest and goal for which we believe that the necessary solutions will be made in the direction of enabling the fulfillment and retention of contractual obligations, and most importantly the retention of all permanent employees.” she stated Marina Cvitić, President of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia. Appreciating the quick reaction of the Government and the adopted changes to the Permanent Seasonal measure through the possibility of extending the period of extended pension insurance, the social partners in tourism are calling for additional support. As a first point, they appeal to the Government of the Republic of Croatia to urgently make a decision on + 3 months of CES support for preserving jobs in the activities most affected by coronavirus in the amount of HRK 4.000 from June onwards, to business entities whose revenue decline compared to the previous year % or more with equal measures of tax exemption and contribution to the amount of aid. Although tourism has been hardest hit by the corona crisis this year, we believe that tourism has the potential to trigger and significantly affect the recovery of the entire Croatian economy through its multiplier effects, say the Social Partners in Tourism, adding that it is worth preserving jobs and business systems. tourism and it is necessary to support tourism. The Social Council for Tourism has given support to the Government for everything that has been done so far, but they emphasize that in order to preserve jobs in tourism, support must continue. As an argument for their proposals, they point out that it is now quite certain that this tourist season will be much shorter than usual and that employers will not be able to complete 6 months of work for permanent seasonal workers. Therefore, it is necessary to enable the reduction of this obligation or its postponement to the next year, ie until the conditions for employment are met, and employers will, as before, be the first to hire permanent seasonal workers. “Continuation of support for workers’ salaries is a key measure for preserving jobs and employment until the beginning of the next tourist year. It is quite certain that tourism will recover and that educated and permanent workers are the key to its success. However, June is just around the corner and employers and workers in tourism are in great uncertainty, so new decisions need to be made urgently. ” she pointed out Natali Komen Bujas, director of HUP Association of Hospitality and Tourism. The tourism sector must be supported to bridge the period until the next tourist year, which can be achieved through stronger use of EU funds and funds to help tourism through wage subsidies by spring 2021 and by adopting measures to preserve the business of tourism companies by reducing VAT rates and parafiscal levies, the Social Tourism Council also concluded.