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Unions and employers reach agreement to end 20-day metal strike in Cantabria

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The unions representing the metal sector in Cantabria and the employers to which they belong have reached an agreement, ratified by the assembly, on the collective agreement of the union, which had been on strike for 20 days. The pact came about after mediation by the Ministry of Labour, which allowed for a rapprochement of positions between the parties. 65% of workers agreed to the terms of the pact, which ended an indefinite strike supported by more than 20,000 workers.

The final ratification of the drafts concerned, signed this Tuesday afternoon, has allowed a group to return to work, which was demanding better working conditions. The trade unions UGT, CC OO and USO informed on Monday evening about the unification principle, which should be supported by the municipality. The result implies a salary increase of 3.5% for 2021 plus a levy of 250 euros; a 4.5% increase for 2022 with “a salary revision clause of 65% on real CPI plus 8% arrears collection”; and for 2023 and 2024, a 3% salary increase with a salary adjustment clause of 85% on the consumer price index (CPI). “Neither the plus distance nor the relief agreement will be touched from the first moment of the negotiations on the red lines of the three union organizations,” emphasize the unions, which demanded “the maintenance of the rights already acquired”. The conditions were the result of a meeting lasting more than six hours between the union representatives and the team of Director General for Labour, Verónica Martínez, which met at the headquarters of the government delegation in Cantabria.

The agreement comes after a dozen unsuccessful meetings between the various agents involved and harsh criticism of regional president Miguel Ángel Revilla (Regionalist Party of Cantabria). The leader called on workers’ representatives to “yield to the impact of their inaction on the community”, called the strike “very serious” and “little understandable” and felt that the role of the ministry led by Yolanda Díaz would not be enough to deal with that to release Panorama, something that finally happened. The unions realized that “it was a very complicated negotiation, with various ups and downs, which forced them to continue the indefinite strike for many days with the ultimate aim of maintaining a good agreement, improving wage conditions and the rights already acquired to consolidate. After reaching this agreement, the templates were asked to make a statement and only then lift the break.

Source elpais.com

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