The CCOO union in Jaén has not signed the work calendar for the construction sector of the province in 2024 as a sign of rejection of the period built for intensive summer working hours. In their opinion, it is not adapted to the new needs derived from climate change or the prevention of occupational hazards covered by it, nor does it allow for an improvement in the reconciliation of work and family life.
The Official Provincial Gazette (BOP) published this week the salary tables for the year, within the framework of the sector agreement, as well as the aforementioned calendar, with 1,736 hours per year and, among other issues , an intensive seven-hour day from July 1 to August 27, both inclusive, with hours from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This is a period that “does not adapt” to the reality brought about by climate change, with higher temperatures for longer periods that may have health consequences for workers, for example, heat stroke, as shown. In Europa Press, the Secretary of the CCOO Organization of Habitat in Jaén, Pedro Sánchez,. “This is a serious problem that we have to solve, and we cannot get old with calendars that were made ten years ago,” he said. In this regard, he specified that there is no contradiction in the annual calculation of hours, “which are equal,” but in the way they are applied.
At this point, he explained that the CCOO proposed an intensive day of 56 days compared to the 40 that was finally approved with the support of the UGT and the Provincial Association of Builders and Works Promoters in Jaén.
Sánchez emphasized that “the only thing that has been done is to remove the two-day adjustment of the calendar and put 16 intensive days in front and behind,” so that this period is from June 19 to September 9. “In Jaén, it”is really annoying that on August 28, a worker can get up on a scaffold at five o’clock in the afternoon, putting formwork or paving the roads, “he said.
In addition, with the “important thing” that is the prevention of work risks, he pointed out the development that this wider intensive day also represents in terms of reconciling work and family life , considering that the construction work is done “Why do not the construction workers have the right, at least in the summer, when their minor children are on vacation from school, to enjoy this harmony?” asked the union leader.
Therefore, the CCOO del Hábitat decided not to sign this year’s work calendar, while expressing the “disappointment” of the UGT by “the side of the employers,” who “do not want to progress” in the intensive work day. “because he said it would mean losses unimaginable.”
A vision that Sánchez does not share, because “if a forecast is planned for the whole year, it is just a month like the other, with strong work or no strong work.”