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The cultural mediation and customer support staff on the Reina Sofía Museum will start an indefinite strike this Wednesday, February 28, after failing to achieve an settlement with the corporate and the artwork gallery in a conciliation, as confirmed to Europa Press by an worker spokesperson. This Tuesday a conciliation was held referred to as by the Regional Institute of Mediation and Arbitration (IRMA), which had summoned the Strike Committee, the Sedena firm and the Reina Sofía Museum. However, as no settlement has been reached, the deliberate strike will proceed.

The Solidarity and Unity of Workers union (SUT) and the SUT Union Section in Sedena (awarded each the cultural mediation service and the general public service service of the Reina Sofía Museum) final week referred to as an indefinite strike beginning subsequent Wednesday, February 28. As the union defined, the general public service employees, made up of a crew of 25 staff, had determined to help the strike to demand the upkeep of the cultural mediation service, made up of one other 19 staff.

At the start of final week it was recognized that the corporate Sedena (subcontractor of the cultural mediation service) and the museum “rectified their initial decision” to make a collective dismissal of the employees, informing these affected that their contracts could be suspended (ERTE). . However, the employees perceive that the “remedy has been worse than the disease.” “In a sector in which many workers have to make their employed work compatible with jobs as 'false self-employed' or with self-employed activities, the consequence is that this type of situation is incompatible with the provision of ERTE,” they’ve criticized. , remembering that with this measure the vast majority of these affected “are literally left without any type of benefit.”

Last Tuesday, the director of the museum, Manuel Segade, introduced that throughout the years of his mandate he intends to finish the outsourced providers of the artwork gallery, on account of the controversy that arose from the announcement of layoffs of staff within the firm that gives providers within the cultural mediation half. “This should not be outsourced and should be part of what is central to the museum and this is what I will try to defend during the years I am here. I hope that little by little the mediators and the rest of the services that are outsourced become part of the real structure and in the future we will achieve it, or so I hope,” defined Segade after the presentation of the retrospective exhibition by Antoni Tàpies.

Last Friday it was recognized that the Reina Sofía will likely be with out a part of the cultural mediation of the artwork gallery for months as a result of an error within the bidding doc for the businesses that subcontract this service, as confirmed to Europa Press by a spokesperson for the museum. . Cultural mediation performs totally different duties and participates in several tasks designed by the museum's Education Area, together with commented visits to the everlasting assortment, excursions with college teams, applications for seniors or accessibility applications. The publication of the bidding competitors had lately been revealed, however the “error” within the specs has meant that now we have to attend for the publication of a brand new one. This in flip led the service subcontractor firm, Sedena SL, to speak the beginning of a session interval for the dismissal of as much as 19 staff who carried out cultural mediation within the museum.

However, Segade introduced the settlement reached with the subcontractor firm in order that it might not perform an ERE, however relatively an ERTE. In this fashion, he understood that on the time by which the brand new specs are launched – “hopefully it will not be more than six months,” he identified -, the subcontractor staff will obtain a not full wage “until the next tender can be awarded.” . “The new tender does not have to be won by the same company, but I have to value their willingness to decide to do an ERTE because they would not have to,” Segade admitted.

“The only real solution”

However, the union understands that “the only real solution” is the upkeep of the Cultural Mediation service, a measure that has been demanded by the Union Section of Solidarity and Unity of Workers (SUT) from the museum by way of formal registration. They additionally take into account that ready six months for a brand new award is “a completely disproportionate and even inexplicable time.” Furthermore, they keep in mind that “at no time has it been guaranteed” that the squad will return in the identical circumstances. “What's more, from the Education Area they reported that the budget will not be enough to keep all the workers in that future schedule that they promise,” they reiterated.

In his opinion, an answer for “an exceptional and urgent situation” could be to ensure the continuity of the service and jobs by way of an article of the Public Sector Contracts Law (LCSP) that permits the unique contract to be prolonged “when there are reasons of public interest so as not to interrupt the provision.”

After criticism of the museum, the artwork gallery directed by Manuel Segade recalled the “impossibility of maintaining direct communication” with Sedena staff, since in keeping with the Public Sector Contract Law they don’t seem to be museum staff, however relatively staff from an exterior firm. . “The museum's communication, as established in the specifications that govern the tender, must be carried out with the company and with the coordinator appointed by it and in no case with the union,” reiterated the museum, which has nonetheless highlighted its “effort” to unravel the issue. “Negotiation has been promoted at all times to ensure that mediation workers are not lost, striving to make the use of the figure of an ERTE possible,” a measure that has additionally been criticized by staff.

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