In the middle of a crossover in winter sports resorts, seasonal workers are on strike to warn of their unemployment rights. They are around one million and sign contracts of two months on average in catering, hotels or ski lifts. Between two seasons, they receive unemployment benefits. But the rules have changed: it now takes six months of activity, against four previously.
“In the Pyrenees, it is not possible to do a six-month season for 80% of seasonal workers. This will directly impact everyone from seasonal workers, ski resorts, seaside resorts, small restaurants“explains Paolo Willmann-Rosso, seasonal tracker-rescuer. The calculation method changes. It will no longer be based on the days worked but on the income of the month. A reform which, according to seasonal workers, could make their precariousness worse and lower their standard of living.
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