CCOO and UGT announce demonstrations if the negotiation of collective agreements is not unlocked

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MADRID, May 1. (EUROPE PRESS) –

CCOO and UGT have announced future mobilizations if the negotiations to modify the collective agreements for a new salary increase are not unlocked.

“As everyone knows, the Collective Bargaining Agreement (ANC) is blocked (…), if it is not unblocked, the unions will carry out a process of growing mobilization around the negotiation of collective agreements”, has pointed out the secretary general of CCOO, Unai Sordo.

In statements to the media before participating in the demonstration this Sunday, May 1, for International Workers’ Day, the general secretaries of both trade union organizations, Unai Sordo (CCOO) and Pepe Álvarez (UGT), highlighted the progress in labor matters that have occurred in recent years, but they have regretted that the employers have not reached an agreement with the unions regarding a new salary increase.

According to Sordo, the previous economic crisis resulted in levels of co-responsibility between the Government and social agents “unprecedented in the history of Spain”, leading to the signing of three union agreements.

However, the unions are not going to “compromise” with the “boycott attitude of business organizations to a collective bargaining agreement to raise wages.” “It cannot be that they intend to transfer the increase in energy costs to prices for citizens and the crisis is paid by the workers,” she denounced.

As he has criticized, the “inequality”, the “precariousness” and the “lack of expectations of a not insignificant part of the Spanish population”, as well as “the rural world” that remains “outside the channels of modernization of the country “, “explain the rise of far-right options”.

For this reason, he has called to “unmask those who send messages to the workers and vote against the rise in the SMI, the revaluation of pensions, the labor reform”, he has indicated in reference to parties such as Vox, for which has called for “recovering a social contract for the 21st century” as “a way of opposing neo-fascism”.

For his part, Pepe Álvarez (UGT) stressed that this May 1 is a day of “celebration” and “pride”, given the advances such as the ‘Riders Law’, the teleworking law, the two agreements signed in pension or labor reform. “We are changing the face of our workers’ rights, but there is still a long way to go.”

In this sense, he refers to recovering “rights from the point of view of updating dismissals”, since, as he lamented, “you cannot continue to dismiss for anything”, as well as the processing of dismissals, at what price a worker is fired or processing wages.

“But it is also present above all and in a very special way, health and safety at work”, he added, recalling that in Spain, two people die every day due to accidents at work. Likewise, he has made reference to “psychosocial risks” at work, a debate that has opened in Spain around mental health.

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