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4 The Portugal News • 21 Jul 2018                                  News


      Lack of labour is a ‘structural                                                                   Briton makes headlines



      problem’ for Algarve hotel industry                                                               for cleaning EN125

                                                                                                        A British expat has made headlines in
      The Algarve’s largest hotel association AHETA has highlighted a lack of workers                   Portugal’s largest national newspaper,
      “in quantity and in quality” within the region’s hospitality and tourism industry,                Correio da Manhã, for voluntarily
      deeming it a “structural problem”.                                                                clearing rubbish from the side of the
                                                                                                        EN125 road through Tavira.

                                                                                                          According to Correio da  walk he plans to do in the
                                                                                                        Manhã (CM), 63-year-old  UK in support of an
                                                                                                        Ian West spends over    organisation that trains
                                                                                                        three hours every morning  dogs for the blind.
                                                                                                        removing rubbish and      “Between October this
                                                                                                        debris from the roadside,  year and August 2019, I
                                                                                                        becoming a familiar sight  want to walk the coast of
                                                                                                        to those travelling through  the United Kingdom, and
                                                                                                        Tavira.                 by doing this I keep my
                                                                                                          Working every morning  legs flexible, because age
                                                                                                        between 6am and 9am,    is not forgiving”, he told
                                                                                                        the newspaper states the  the newspaper.
                                                                                                        former soldier from       CM stresses the Briton
                                                                                                        Nottingham has already  does not blame local
                                                                                                        cleared enough refuse to  services for the rubbish on
                                                                                                        fill 137 bin-bags.      the EN125, and says dirty
                                                                                                          Addressing his early  roads are not a problem
       The Algarve hotel industry is currently facing a structural shortage of workers. (Photo: The Portugal News)
       The Algarve hotel industry is currently facing a structural shortage of workers. (Photo: The Portugal News)
       The Algarve hotel industry is currently facing a structural shortage of workers. (Photo: The Portugal News)
       The Algarve hotel industry is currently facing a structural shortage of workers. (Photo: The Portugal News)
       The Algarve hotel industry is currently facing a structural shortage of workers. (Photo: The Portugal News)
                                                                                                        start, Mr. West told CM: “I  exclusive to Portugal.
             he Algarve’s main  “At a time when councils  investments” that hotel  establish workers’ loyalty to  do this every day, from  “Unfortunately there are
              hotel association  are preparing to review  facilities have made in  tourism and business”,  6am to 9am or a bit later.  dirty roads everywhere. I
              highlighted the  their PDMs [Municipal land  “trying to fill these gaps” by  using “continuous training  Traffic is calmer at this  am just giving a little back
      Timportance of the       use plans], AHETA appeals  offering “where possible,  during the off-season” to  time and it is safer. I  to society for living here.
      “human factor” in the    to local authorities for the  housing and other facilities  “create stable and solid  collect plastic bottles,  [Local services] try to do
      regional hospitality sector,  need to implement cost-  to its workers”, but  teams throughout the  paper, cans ... A bit of  everything but with little
      as well as its “crucial role” in  effective, active housing  acknowledged that “they  year”.      everything”.            time and money, so if I
      “quality of services”.   policies with a view to  have not been sufficient to  Such measures would  Resident in Conceição  can help ... I do this to
        It said there are      stimulating and attracting  solve the huge structural  make it possible to  de Tavira for five years, Ian  relieve them of some of
      “bottlenecks” resulting  labour workers from other  gaps the region faces in  “improve the quality of the  West said, he took matters  the work”.
      largely from “an ancestral  parts of the country, but  this area.”        services provided and   into his own hands        The expat vows to keep
      lack of mobility between  also immigrants from third  Therefore, the      increase their levels of  because he did not like to  up his good work even as
      residential areas with the  countries”, the Algarve  association considers it  productivity and thus the  see the roadsides littered,  the heat intensifies, and
      highest concentration of  business association said  necessary to “establish  profitability of businesses  and believes it is “a civic  CM reports, “He promises
      workers and their        in a statement.         partnerships between the  and regional and national  duty”.              he will not stop picking up
      workplaces located outside  AHETA highlighted too  public sector and the  tourist competitiveness”,  He said, he also wants  trash to clean the place he
      urban areas”.            the “huge efforts and   private sector” to “re-  the association added.  to keep fit for a charity  calls home”.
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