In the ordinary plenary session of the Council of Vigo, where Socialist Patricia Iglesias sat as councilor—a businessman and computer science graduate—after the resignation of Uxía Blanco and the previous departure of Abel Losada to become a subdelegate of the Government of Pontevedra, he was stricter than usual. It is marked by the conflict in Vitrasa and in the context of the pre-campaign for the regional elections, which will be held on February 18.
The session was suspended for 10 minutes by the first deputy mayor, Carmela Silva, due to protests by Vitrasa workers, the urban bus concessionaire. who attended the session to demand that the municipal government force the company to find a solution to their labor dispute and end an indefinite strike that has lasted more than two months within the framework of the conflict that started last almost three. years gained from the negotiation of the agreement, which ends at the end of 2020.
They were expelled by the local police at the direction of the presidency, which was used by the first deputy mayor, Carmela Silva, in the absence of the councilor, Abel Caballero, who went to Madrid to participate in a live program on Spanish television, Mañaneros. “Shame on you for being the workers’ party, proclaimed Vitrasa workers, who continued to protest despite Silva’s calls for order and requests to continue the plenary session. They recalled that their salaries have been frozen for three years, while the price of bus tickets has increased by 16% in the last three years.
In his turn, the spokesman of the BNG, Xabier Pérez Igrexas, remained silent to hear the protests of the workers, where they criticized that the mayor had promised months ago a balancing of the Vitrasa economy, whose figure was not yet known. It did not happen; according to the latest information from the Council, it is pending from the National Evaluation Office, an organization that manages the Ministry of Finance and Public Function.
The People’s Party He defended that Vitrasa staff “have the right to be heard.” “Abel Caballero refused to accept workers after 66 days of strike. Today, he prefers to be absent from the plenary session to be a talk show host on a television program,” he lamented.
In the session, moreover, the City Council has committed to continue monitoring Vigo’s 56 beaches until there is a minimum risk of pellet contamination. The Councilor of the Environment, Nuria Rodríguez, defended the socialist movement in which the Xunta is required to create a Crisis Committee with the presence of the autonomous authorities and the central government, the Fegamp, and the mayors of the affected towns, regardless of the level that needs to be activated. The goal is that they can participate directly in solving any kind of crisis that arises. The document, which also calls for the creation of technical means available to the affected municipalities and the centralization of claims for costs and payments, has the support of representatives of PSOE and the Block. The Popular Party positioned itself against.
The tree It also approved the Xunta’s request to increase the in-person vocational training areas as well as training specialties—innovation, digitalization, sustainability, or climate emergency—and showed his support in the demonstration called on February 4 in Santiago to “save the health of the Galician public.” Socialist spokesman Carlos López Font revealed the current “critical” situation: that health centers and PACs are “inaccessible, full of insufficient staff, manipulated hospital waiting lists, or collapsed emergency services,” making a “massive mobilisation” necessary.
Payment to Council suppliers: completed in seven days
The new demobilizations to suppliers in large Galician cities confirms that Vigo is ahead of the regional level in terms of economic management because, compared to the seven days in which the Olive City Council pays its suppliers, in Ourense they are paid in 58 days, in Santiago in 52 days, in A Coruña in 36 days, in Pontevedra in 21 days, and in Ferrol in 39 days.
The councilor of Orzamentos e Facenda, Jaime Aneiros, detailed the situation of payment to the suppliers of the Council when explaining the implementation of the expenditure of contracts and investments during the fourth quarter of 2023, where 2,265 payments worth more than 70 million euros were made.