Unions ELA y LAB have convened, each one on their own, a day of strike for next October 6 in the homes for the elderly in Gipuzkoa, to denounce the “worsening of conditions” and demand a new collective agreement.
Although the call is not joint, both unions will demonstrate in the same march in San Sebastian scheduled for that same day.
It’s a statement, IS IT OVER THERE He explained that the workers decided “due to responsibility for the global health pandemic” to interrupt the strike on March 13. Now, the “null will of the Provincial Council and companies in the face of a very serious situation such as the current one forces the workers to resume the fight begun more than two years ago in defense of a collective agreement that improves the conditions of the workforce and the service that it is offered to users “, they say.
“At this moment we are working in worse conditions than before the pandemic. If then we were talking about semi-slavery working conditions, what women workers in the sector suffer today is inhuman“, they relate.
The Union LAB, for its part, has ensured that “it is time to have a decent agreement that recognizes the work” of these workers and that serves to provide a quality service. In addition, they have criticized the “passivity” of the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council and the companies.
The workers of the residences for the elderly in Gipuzkoa call a strike for October 6 due to the passivity of the Provincial Council and the employers
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– LAB SYNDICATE (@LABsyndicate) September 24, 2020
ELA highlights that, after the first wave of the pandemic – with more than 170 deaths and hundreds of contagious workers – the employees are “physically, psychologically and emotionally busted “ and to this is added now “the contempt and the disastrous management of companies and Provincial Council”, which underline, “has abandoned” them.
The workers do not expect their conditions to worsen, and they have had no choice but to make, they say, “this difficult decision”: to resume the strike that was paralyzed on March 13 after 243 days.
Nor do they respond to our request for negotiation
As they denounce, “instead of getting involved in solving the labor and social conflict, in investing in more personnel, materials and better working conditions, today, after six months of a pandemic, we are worse off. Nor do they respond to our request for dialogue and negotiation and they take heart with this model, which has brought such serious consequences for us and for the users of the residences in Gipuzkoa “.
They assure that the current situation is “alarming”. “To the lack of structural personnel, which was already very deficient before the pandemic, now adds a workload much higher due to the logical restructuring of the centers. This means that today this lack of personnel puts at serious risk not only the health of the workers, but also the lives of the users of the residences “, they criticize.
They also denounce that casualties are not always covered because “there is no will to cover them or simply because there are no personnel who want to work under these conditions: in some residences today, PPE is missing or of low quality, the PCRs have to be fought to get them done …”
“It is not enough with applause. Faced with this second outbreak that we are experiencing, workers and users urgently and immediately need more personnel, more and better means, that is, better living and working conditions. We are talking about guaranteeing not only dignified conditions for users, but simply and simply to guarantee, as far as possible, the lives of users, as well as workers in the residences “.
Finally, they have stressed that they advocate a public care system and “not one that enriches the companies that are friends of the Provincial Council.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.