Summoned by the union IS IT OVER THERE, the workers of the nursing homes, day centers and sheltered apartments in Gipuzkoa strike week ends this Friday to claim the negotiation of the sector agreement. As the union central has denounced, the negotiation “remains stagnant” and in the last two weeks there has been “no movement” in the Sectorial Table.
These five days of strike are in addition to the four that took place between the months of September and October. On December there are another eight days of unemployment called (24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 of that month).
During these days the workers have made all kinds of protests, from car caravans to rallies, through “protest pintxo-pote”. This Friday, they will gather in front of the headquarters of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and then they will march in a demonstration from Plaza Gipuzkoa (11:30 am).
Residences in Gipuzkoa and day centers are still on strike today! Workers in the Deba region have made a caravan of cars #Bergara.from!#residences in battle , #ElkarEkin worthy care!@residences pic.twitter.com/1haAVHRK7e
– ELA Deba Region (@ELA_Deba) November 27, 2018
ELA asks the employers and the Provincial Council to account
ELA has denounced the attitude of the employers Adegi, Garen, Lares and Matia 2020, since “they continue to propose the salary freeze for 2017 and 2018, and do not take a single step in the negotiation.” Likewise, he has criticized that the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, “despite being directly responsible for the service, has not taken a position in this regard”.
ELA recalled that it presented its proposal two years ago to improve the conditions of the staff of residences for the elderly in Gipuzkoa, day centers and sheltered flats, and stated that “the employer’s strategy has consisted of leaving to pass the time, and finally, in the last meeting of the sectorial table it has made some very small proposals “.
“We are very clear about what the acceptable minimums: an agreement with salary increases for 2017 and 2018 and, as it cannot be otherwise, the sectoral agreement must be applied in companies “, he stressed, while considering that” the state of the negotiation is unacceptable ” and he has challenged the Provincial Council and the employers to “take steps towards an agreement.”
The union has stressed that “at the center of this conflict is the dignity of a feminized sector“, and stressed that” there is still a long way to go before the existing wage gap between men and women disappears. “
“In this journey, public institutions must be the pioneers. This is the time for them to act. Meanwhile, we will continue in the struggle to give centrality to care tasks and we encourage the entire collective to participate in the strike, as well as in all the mobilizations called in each region, “he concluded.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.