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Factsheet for measure SK-2020-45/1351 – Updated – measures in Slovakia
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 01 November 2020 – 31 December 2020|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
|Author||Ludovit Cziria (IVPR) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||29 October 2020 (updated 14 May 2021)|
To minimize the effects of the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic on the citizens, the government temporarily closed some facilities, including hotels and restaurants in mid March 2020. Though these limitations were released from June, the pandemic crisis had significant negative impact on tourism in Slovakia. Significant drop also concerned organisation of national or international conferences. The number of foreign visitors significantly decreased also in cities with tourist attractions, like in the capital Bratislava where several hotels were closed.
Among hotels in Bratislava, suffering from missing guests, are luxury hotels Grand Hotel River Park, Hotel Sheraton and Hotel Crowne Plaza, belonging to the Best Hotel Properties (BHP) group. According to the Chair of BHP Board of Directors, in Bratislava region were by 90% less foreign visitors in 2020 than in the previous year. About 85% loss in revenue is reported in the above-mentioned hotels and similar loss is expected in the next eight months. On 4 September 2020, the BHP Company informed the government by an open letter, that also signed several other organisations operating in the HORECA sector, about unfavourable situation. It also came with proposals how to improve the business of hotels in cities and retain employment in them. However, BHP did not receive response.
To ensure further operation of the above-mentioned hotels, BHP management decided on implementation of internal organisational changes, including implementation of slim organisation. However, internal restructuring also included reduction of current staff. Proposed job cuts also concern BHP hotel Double Tree by Hilton in Kosice. In total, about 80 employees will be dismissed during the next months. BHP submitted the proposal of mass dismissals in these hotels to the local Office of Employment, Social Affairs and Family.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|13 May 2021||
Dismissals ended by 31 December 2020.
Proposed job cuts also concern BHP hotel Double Tree by Hilton in Kosice. In total, about 80 employees will be dismissed during the next months. BHP submitted the proposal of mass dismissals in these hotels to the local Office of Employment, Social Affairs and Family.
Employees in standard employment
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
According to the available information, local trade union organisations are not present in these hotels and the decision was unilaterally taken by the management.
It was the decision of management to reduce labour costs in concerned hotels. Because of missing trade unions in these hotels, the view of trade unions is not applicable.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Hospitality, retail and other services managers|
|Food preparation assistants|
Eurofound (2020), Organisational changes and dismissals in Best Hotel Properties , measure SK-2020-45/1351 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SK-2020-45_1351.html
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