High seasonality is a characteristic of Greek Tourism, especially in island destinations, and the norm is for hotel employees to be made redundant at the end of September and rehired when hotels reopen, usually on Easter. However, two Zante hotels owned by a large US investment management company, did not want to rehire (or pay) around 200 employees earlier than the 10th of June using the pretext of being shut for renovations and a five-star upgrade. After a one month strike and local support, and despite a new law that allows hoteliers not to pay employees during renovations, the hotel workers succeeded in signing a sectoral collective bargaining agreement so that they can be employed from May 10 to October 31.

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