After pointing out that thousands of workers came to the demonstration in Donostia, the unions positively evaluated the three-day strike in October. We remember that there was another five-day strike recorded between December 11 and 15. We encourage the employers to work and present proposals for the renewal of the agreement.
The workers of the Social Initiative educational centers of CAV are facing today, October 19, the third day of the strike this week to change the agreement. On April 25, a strike day was held. This week a three-day strike was held, on October 17, 18, and 19. In addition, between December 11 and 15 another five-day strike was recorded. Thousands of workers attended today’s demonstration in Donostia-San Sebastián.
With the current strike the phase of the three-day strike called for this week in October ends. The unions gave a very positive assessment of these three days. The strikes were widely followed, about 70% of the workforce and between 4,000 and 5,000 workers participated in demonstrations each day.
These days, the association of employers of Kristau Eskola, the majority of this sector, expressed their commitment to dialogue and negotiation. However, since the last negotiation table on February 2, the employers have not even contacted the unions.
At the beginning of the school year, the unions encouraged these employers to start real negotiations and sent a request for a meeting with the Basque Government to report on the situation of blocking negotiations. They haven’t received a reply so far.
The goal is to renew the agreement as soon as possible, the validity of which ends in December 2021. They do not want to have to repeat a dynamic similar to that required for the signing of the previous agreement which includes 29 high days. on strike.
During the negotiation of the previous agreement, it was clear that if there was content there would be agreements. Agreement is possible between equal majority unions and equal majority employers.
Therefore, at the end of today’s demonstration, the unions delivered a letter to the Kristau Eskola headquarters, urging the Kristau Eskola employers’ associations and AICE-IZEA to put on the table that allows for effective negotiations. And that they work and present proposals that make it possible to change the agreement. You have until December 11 to do so.
The main demands focus on measures to ease workloads, improvements for more women and vulnerable sectors, increase in wages guaranteeing CPI, measures to maintain jobs, and Vocational Training content. Basque language plans, equality plans, and plans to address occupational health and especially psychosocial risks are also in the crosshairs of the unions.