Villa Gesell

The situation in the Atlantic Coast It is critical, due to the increase in coronavirus cases in lifeguards. In Villa Gesell the problem is even more profound, since there are hardly any workers who can control the beaches. For this reason, the coastal city declared the “aquatic emergency”, At the same time that the district mayor, Gustavo Barrera, opened a direct hiring registry to cover absences.

A few hours ago, the Municipal Executive released a statement, in which he defined the situation as “extremely complex.” “The high transmissibility of COVID-19 in the province of Buenos Aires is even more visible in strategic tourist spots, such as the Villa Gesell district, a fact that, added to the new mutations presented by SARS-COV-2, have increased by The level of contagions over the last few days has greatly increased, generating the need for different workers to comply with compulsory isolation, either because they are carriers of the disease, or because they are close contacts of positive cases ”.

The mayor, together with the Secretary of Social Security, decided to open the call for the direct hiring of lifeguards. In addition, Decree No. 119 authorized the suspension of the “granting of all licenses without the benefit of assets during the term of this present -provision-, as well as the revocation of those granted to those agents who are in a position to lend services whenever there is an insurmountable need to have its workforce ”.

Lifeguard strike

In addition to the complex situation, the lifeguards of Villa Gesell have a union conflict with the Government. By not reaching an agreement by parity, the employees of the aquatic places decreed a general strike for Thursday, January 13. Among the claims, the lack of equipment and security elements, salaries below the poverty line, the adequacy of working periods and lack of inspection and supervision in private spas stand out.

Finally, the bathers also exposed the time incompatibility, since several of them have overlapping schedules on the beaches and in the summer colonies. Another of the points exposed was the overload due to the lack of personnel. Many of the lifeguards left standing must work up to 12 hours a day to cover sick leave.

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