Employees from Nerja’a Parador hotel (on the cliffs above Burriana beach) have been demonstrating against proposed job cuts in the state owned hotel chain by taking strike action and demonstrating outside the hotel on Friday and again today Saturday. The unions are threatening further strikes on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

The management of the Spanish chain are proposing to permanently close seven of their hotels and close another twenty seven on a seasonal basis as a cost cutting measure due, they claim, to reduced visitor numbers. The closures would affect over 600 of their employees. The Parador in Nerja employs 66 people and three of them would lose their jobs under this restructuring plan.

The Paradors that the management are planning to close permanently are Ferrol and Verín, in Galicia; Albacete and Manzanares, in Castilla-La Mancha; Ayamonte, in Andalucía; Puerto Lumbreras, in Murcia, and Teruel, in Aragón.

The Parador hotel chain is owned by the Spanish government and the hotels themselves are usually in historic buildings (such as castles, palaces, fortresses, convents and monasteries) or built in areas of great beauty or special interest. The Nerja Parador is a modern building located on the clifftops above the western end of Burriana beach. The gardens have spectacular views over the Mediterranean and also have lift access to the beach below, for the use of guests and regularly features in Tripadvisors Top 10 of Spain’s Paradors.

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