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​Court of Justice in Tenerife Annuls Wage Agreement for Gender Discrimination

Court of Justice in Tenerife Annuls Wage Agreement for Gender Discrimination

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) this week has annulled for the third time a wages deal signed between the management of a hotel in the south of Tenerife and the works council for gender discrimination relating to chambermaids.

It was reported this week “the differences in amount between categories of the same group are not justified given that the amounts offered for chambermaids of apartments (100% women) are much lower than those of categories of cook (21% women), waiter (35% women), kitchen assistant (66% women) or assistant waiter (53% women).”

According to the union, “it is symptomatic that in the category of wages, there is a lower salary level for productivity bonuses for kitchen assistants, and this infers there is an underestimation of women’s work. Also, chambermaids are regarded as low productivity, but this has nothing to do with productivity, and hotel management cannot justify why a particular group has been assigned a low productivity bonus.”

It is also important to note that this is just one of 40 current cases of salary discrimination due to gender that has been highlighted in hotels in the south of Tenerife, and the union reiterates its commitment to fight to end the gender gap in wages.

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