This Monday, the mediation of the Basque government in the metal conflict in Bizkaia will begin

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The Basque government has called employers and unions for a meeting next Monday in Bilbao, after more than 12 days of strikes in the sector in 2022.

Euskaraz irakurri: Astelehen honetan hasiko da Jaurlaritzaren bitartekaritza Bizkaiko metalgintzaren lan-gatazkan

The conflict in the metal industry in Bizkaia will enter a new phase next week with the mediation that the Basque government will attempt between unions and employers to seek rapprochement of positions in the negotiations on the sectoral agreement.

After more than eleven days strike in the sector, the new year has started in 2022 without the parties closing the gap in their positions, while the trade unions continue to mobilize in the streets.

This is what the Basque government has called for employers and unions to a meeting tomorrow Monday in Bilbao.

The union majority that forms the negotiating table CCOO, LAB and UGT had requested their mediation after the Deputy Hendakari and Minister of Labor and Employment, Idoia Mendia, offered it in the Basque Parliament last December.

It is not the first time that the autonomous executive has intervened to mediate in a labor dispute. It has already done so in conflicts experienced in companies such as Tubacex or Artiach and in the cleaning of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.

Now it will do so in the most important sector of the Biscay industry, the metal industry, which directly employs more than 100 workers 50,000 workers in Biscay.

One of the points that has anchored the negotiations between the parties is the point that refers to the salary increase. The unions are calling for wage increases that ensure the preservation of wage purchasing power and believe that this is not guaranteed with the Biscayan Federation of Metal Companies (FVEM) offer.

The strike days for the renewal of the sector agreement were supported by all trade unions with representation in the sector.

The first three were promoted jointly between June and July last year, but it fell around the turn of the summer unity of action among all unions and while the CCOO, LAB, UGT, ESK, CGT and CNT together continued to call for mobilization, ELA did so alone, amid persistent reports in favor of an indefinite strike in the sector.

Employers and unions have not met since December 21, when the last meeting of the negotiating table for the agreement was held, which again ended without progress.

At that meeting, LAB, CCOO and UGT presented a new proposal, which was rejected by the FVEM employers, as “it was far from what companies can offer, both in terms of wages, working hours, subrogation, licensing… . “.

The unions started the year with new mobilizations, including those in development CCOO, LAB, UGT, ESK, CGT and CNT before the various courts of Bilbao, Barakaldo and Durango to accompany some workers accused of crimes such as public disorder or attacks on authorities during the last days of the strike.

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Source: EITB

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