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They are preventing to gather the minimal wage and have already been on strike for 67 days. The 1,800 cleansing employees within the province of Lugo, those that earn the bottom payrolls in a sector that in Spain employs 460,000 individuals, sustain with the employers and, regardless of “the economic and psychological effort” that it entails, The indefinite strike known as on October 16 by the CIG, CC OO and UGT unions continues. With the collective settlement having expired since 2021, they’ve held 5 conferences with employers up to now with out them agreeing to suggest a rise of their salaries that ensures them receiving the official minimal. The final assembly with out settlement happened this Thursday, regardless of the mediation of the Galician Labor Relations Council, an entity connected to the Xunta.

The annual wage of a cleansing employee in Lugo is 13,594 euros, 1,500 euros under the 15,120 SMI of 2023. The newest provide from the employers’ affiliation represented by the Professional Association of Cleaning Companies (Aspel), made up of huge teams corresponding to ACS, Acciona, FCC, Eulen, Ilunion, OHLA (previously OHL) or Sacyr, proposes a really restricted enhance that continues to go away them 1,000 euros under the minimal wage in 2022 and 2023. It was introduced at this Thursday’s assembly however , in keeping with the CIG, the bulk union within the sector, solely after the mediator reproached the businesses for his or her first proposal of the day being even worse than that of the earlier assembly. “The attitude and way of negotiating of the employers is a contempt for the work of these women,” denounces union member Asunción Castiñeira. The firms have declined to offer their model to this newspaper.

Although their work was important to beat the pandemic, the lives of Lugo’s cleaners have continued to worsen in recent times. Their representatives spotlight that in 2021 and 2022 alone, they misplaced 12% of their buying energy as a result of skyrocketing costs. The strikers “are tired but strong, and after this last meeting especially angry,” says Castiñeira, who explains that to convey positions nearer collectively, the employees have even agreed to debate “containment” in historical instances.

Cleaning staff chain themselves at the Xunta headquarters in Lugo last Wednesday, in an image provided.
Cleaning employees chain themselves on the Xunta headquarters in Lugo final Wednesday, in a picture supplied.

Since they began the indefinite strike on October 16, the cleaners have staged day by day protests in Lugo and have gathered in entrance of the Galician Parliament in Santiago. They have arrange a everlasting protest caravan in entrance of the Xunta headquarters within the provincial capital and have collected 6,000 signatures in help of their combat. The employees complain that the enterprise of the businesses that refuse to pay them the minimal wage relies upon largely on the general public contracts awarded to them by the administrations and with which they accumulate advantages with out bettering their precarious working circumstances. They are those who clear the hallways and places of work of faculties, well being facilities and courts depending on the Xunta, providers of the Lugo City Council, buildings of the Provincial Council and the central Government, within the palms of events of all political colours. And though all political forces have voted in favor of motions to help their calls for within the municipal company of Lugo and likewise within the province, these employees demand that the administrations develop into extra concerned, imposing clauses of their contracts with these concessionaires that state cease labor abuses.

The Minister of Employment Promotion of the Xunta, the favored Elena Rivo, defended just a few days in the past in Parliament that the Galician Government helps the Lugo cleaners however “cannot and should not interfere” within the negotiations between them and the employers. In case of non-compliance on the a part of the businesses, she inspired the employees to “bring it to the attention of the social courts.” “What the counselor said reflects that she doesn’t even know why these women are on the street,” laments Castiñeira. “This strike occurs in the middle of the negotiation of a collective agreement, the courts have nothing to do with it.”

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95% of the employees of premises and constructing cleansing firms within the province of Lugo are made up of ladies. In addition to not even incomes the minimal wage, a lot of them are compelled to accept part-time contracts, compelled to make ends meet by moonlighting and exhausting, poorly paid work days. “The administrations take advantage of the precariousness of the agreements to obtain low-cost contracts and apply economic policies at the expense of the workers,” criticizes Castiñeira.

The first assembly mediated by the Galician Labor Relations Council, the autonomous physique in control of in search of options to labor disputes, was held on December 4. Since then, in keeping with the representatives of the placing employees, the employers have clung to “immobility” and “proposals of misery.”

Meanwhile, unrest amongst cleansing employees is starting to unfold in Galicia. The unions have simply introduced a strike day for January 10 within the province of Pontevedra. Negotiations for the brand new settlement began on this space final February and, in keeping with CC OO, CIG and UGT, within the intervening months there was little progress. The representatives of the cleansing firms denounce that the businesses suggest “a total increase of 8% in three years when the CPI for the last two years was 12.2%” and describe the provide as “insult.” In Ourense, mobilizations of sector personnel are additionally happening and in A Coruña, the settlement is about to run out.

The employees of Lugo predict that the battle that broke out of their province will unfold to the remainder of Galicia. In Ourense, they level out, salaries aren’t a lot better than theirs and firms are making “laughable” affords to their colleagues. “This sector is a powder keg,” they warn. On December 28 they may meet once more with the employers.

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