Agreement between employers and unions to renew the metal agreement in Gipuzkoa



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After 10 years, Adegi, ELA, LAB and CC.OO. They have signed an agreement for the renewal of an agreement that affects some 40,000 workers.

The Adegi employers’ association and the ELA, LAB and CCOO unions have closed this Wednesday an agreement for the renewal of the Gipuzkoa metal agreement, which affects more than 40,000 workers in the territory, it will be valid for three years and will be of general efficiency.

This agreement, from which UGT hangs out, represents the renewal, after a decade, of the most important sectoral agreement in the territory in negotiations that also had to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pre-agreement reached between Adegi and ELA for the signing of the agreement a fortnight ago required the adherence of at least one other of the power plants in order to be of general effectiveness.

Today’s inclusion of new measures in favor of equality It has been key to the addition of LAB and CCOO and the renewal of the sector agreement, which remains under the conditions of the one signed for the 2010-2011 period.

Thus, in terms of equality, in the future “companies must provide more information than is required by law and with mandatory deadlines”, of licenses, since the need for coexistence to enjoy it, flexibility is eliminated (the notice goes from 3 to 5 days), collective salary modifications can only be applied by agreement and the priority application is the Gipuzkoa agreement over the state one.

It has also been raised this Wednesday to activate the Equality Commission, which was agreed in the 2007-09 agreement, signed by Adegi, LAB, CCOO and UGT and that, 13 years later, “had not registered any activity.”

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Adegi has valued, in a statement, this “historic” agreement which, as it has underlined, has been the result of a “model negotiation process, with the absence of conflict, fast, negotiated from a positive attitude by both parties and which is a sign of a exercise of confidence “.

IS IT OVER THERE, the majority union in the sector, has expressed its “great satisfaction” for the agreed contents that place the “Gipuzkoa metal agreement as an indisputable benchmark”.

He has acknowledged that “it has not been a simple negotiation”, while emphasizing that “the addition of other unions to the content already approved by ELA demonstrates the historical importance of the agreement”, which includes salary increases of 9.6% and ” shields “against labor reforms.

LAB, for its part, has said that its representation has made “an exercise of responsibility” and has highlighted the progress made in terms of subrogation or equality, and also the salary update and the improvement of some licenses.

However, he has recognized that there are aspects that “will not be collected properly in the agreement” related to the “reduction of working hours or temporary disability supplements” for which he has promised to “continue in the fight” and try to achieve these improvements in the “work centers”.

CCOO has valued “the movement of the employers to try to get an agreement that covers all and all metal workers in Gipuzkoa” and recalled that this agreement was not signed “for more than ten years”.

Although it considers the agreement “good”, CCOO believes that “a more ambitious agreement would have been possible if ELA had agreed to negotiate and mobilize with the rest of the unions instead of accepting the first proposal that the employers made to the table.”

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UGT, for its part, which has not signed the agreement, has described the new contributions made this Wednesday by Adegi for the signing of the agreement as “a joke and has ensured that the increases offered of 9.6%, after 10 years without agreement, they represent less than a 1% annual increase.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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