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INATEL Santo da Serra Cannot Remain Closed

The CDU has denounced the continued closure of the INATEL Hotel in Santo da Serra and has asked the Government of the Republic to intervene.

Duing his visit to the parish, CDU leader, Duarte Martins found nothing more than an “abandoned INATEL building, which belongs to the Portuguese State, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Affairs.”

In a statement, he said:

“This important public enterprise has for many years given the workers of Madeira and Porto Santo a fundamental right to leisure, rest, and holiday facilities.  These workers, if they were associated with the INATEL Foundation, enjoyed large discounts on their hotels, pensions, and accommodation, which are essential for both the economy and for the good of the worker.”

Duarte Martins says that “unfortunately, what happened in this particular case was that there was an agreement made with a private group, which aimed to create a hotel facility that was financed both privately and publically.  However, this came to naught as instead of thriving, the hotel closed.  Currently, the unit employs three full-time members of staff to look after an empty building.

It is now, as we face economic uncertainty and price increases that workers and people look at more cost-effective holidays, and here in the region where the majority of those employed are on low salaries it is vital that the state steps in to ensure that the poor have the same rights to leisure as the rich!”

Samantha Gannon

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