A union revealed that employees with disabilities at the Royal Palace in Madrid, one of Spain's most visited tourist spots, were required to stay at work for 10 to 11 hours a day with salaries of up to 600 euros a month.
The Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union said 61 employees hired as Clece Group employees under the General Disability Act – which aims to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace – worked 55 hours a week – many without a contract.
During job interviews, employees were informed that their salaries would be between 800 and 1000 euros per month, with overtime, on rotating morning and afternoon shifts for four days a week.
But during the 11 hours of work, only 45 minutes were given to eat and rest, the union said.
"The distances from the dining rooms and bathrooms are very far apart and hardly have real rest time," said Isabel Galvín, a CCOO representative.
Employees were denied access to the changing rooms – although the company said it would provide the facilities – and were forced to use the visitors' restroom.
In a statement to Euronews, Clece said conditions affected "a very limited number of people," 16 of the more than 75,000 who work at the company.
"From the first moment, we worked to provide the highest accuracy and quality," says Clece. The company stated that there were "administrative errors" in the payroll process and due to the difficulties involved in "installing such a service".
. (tagsToTranslate) Spain (t) Madrid (t) Tourism