The president of that union said that it is “a priority to consider measures to support employment” so that “in two or three months”, when the low season begins, unemployment does not assume “even more dramatic” dimensions.

“The ideal would be to move forward with exceptional measures for the region that would be more comprehensive and cumulative with measures already in place”, said Daniel Santana, referring to the FormAlgarve programme, which supports employers that sign contracts for at least 12 months with workers whose contracts expire between 1 September and 31 December.

According to the union leader, the seasonality problem in the region was aggravated by the pandemic crisis, due to the “economy being very dependent on tourist flows”.