Teachers striking at Babylon Idiomas

22 April, 2015

Strikes by teachers of Spanish language school chain Babylon Idiomas and unfulfilled agreements with study travel agencies have led to the school being expelled from Spain’s school association Fedele.  

The Babylon Idiomas website

StudyTravel Magazine has seen an email sent from Babylon Idiomas to agent partners last month, which said that teachers at the group’s schools in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Seville were striking two days per week.

The Babylon Idiomas management stated in the email they would offer discounts to students that had already arrived to compensate for the strike.

In a communique to members and agencies, Fedele said it has received several reports at the beginning of last month from teachers, students and agents of strikes taking place, and of teachers not being paid and agency contracts not being fulfilled.

Local media reports said that teachers from the Seville centre had not been paid since December and were now on indefinite strike. It was also claimed that homestay families and accommodation providers had not received payments for students they were currently housing.

The Seville school was the only Babylon Idiomas centre that was a member of Fedele. Babylon Madrid ceased to be a certified Fedele member in February, the association confirmed.

In its communique, Fedele said, “Several attempts were made to contact the person legally responsible for Babylon centres to clarify the situation and establish a joint plan of action. These attempts, however, were to no avail.” After a formal communication of suspension and a 15-day period of grace, Fedele cancelled membership of the centre.

Fedele member schools in Seville have made an offer to Babylon students to continue their studies at administration cost.

At the time of writing, the Babylon Idiomas website appears to indicate the company is still trading and accepting bookings, although there has been no published activity on the blog or the company twitter feed since February. StudyTravel Magazine telephone calls to the company office have gone to an answerphone, and we have not received any response to emailed requests for clarification.

Babylon Idiomas also has Latin American schools in Argentina and Cuba. It is currently unclear if these are also affected by the strike situation.

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