July 05, 2018

Spanish chambermaids seek Tripadvisor’s help to fight exploitation


Booking platforms such as Tripadvisor face growing pressure to reveal the employment practices of the Spanish hotels they promote.

The campaign has been launched by the Barcelona branch of Las Kellys, a play on las que limpian (those who clean), a nationwide group of chambermaids who are fighting against outsourcing which has led to working conditions that in many cases have been described as virtual slavery.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign in the Catalan parliament, Vania Arana, the group’s spokeswoman, said it was creating a seal of quality for hotels that followed good practices in the firm belief that most clients would not want to stay in a hotel where women were paid as little as €2 to clean a room that cost €200 a night.

The group has been in touch with Tripadvisor with a view to it carrying the seal of quality on its website. Tripadvisor did not respond to a request for comment.

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