The unions call the footwear sector to strike on December 1


CCOO and UGT stand before the situation of the footwear sector. Both unions have summoned the workers to a day of strike next Thursday December 1st. Among the demands, they ask for an annual salary increase that can guarantee the invariability of purchasing power in full increase in cost of consumer goods caused by the growing inflation. Employers and unions closed this Wednesday without an agreement the call for intermediation in Sima and the latter have opted for “make visible the situation you are in” the footwear sector and “demand solutions”.

The convening unions demand a agreement for three yearswhich according to the UGT “has been stagnant for months”, as well as a clause that guarantee the purchasing power of workers. In addition, the trade union centrals request a reduction in working hours in 12 hours, complement the temporary disability from the fourth month, increase the distance bonus or a regulation of the discontinuous permanent contract.

The strike follows a failed negotiation

The sector employers Those who have intervened in the negotiations have been the Federation of Footwear Industries in Spain (Fice) and the Spanish Association of Components and Machinery Companies for Footwear and Leather Goods (AEC). These organizations, at the last negotiating table on the 17th, proposed salary increases of 8% as of January 2023 and a commitment to increase for the next four years with a revision to the real CPI capped at 2.5%, reports the Fice on its website.

The employer assures that this wage proposal was rejected by the unions, who hoped that increase total reached between 12.5% ​​and 15% over the next four years, depending on the behavior of inflation. The spokesman for the business representation in the negotiation, José María Escrigas, highlighted in the statement the representatives of the unions “without any criteria have increased their latest proposal, demonstrating a manifest desire not to assess our offer or to negotiate.”

“A manifest will not to value our offer or to negotiate”

CCOO recalls in a statement that footwear is mainly concentrated in the Rioja town of Arnedoin the Castilian-La Mancha municipalities of fuensalida (Toledo) and almansa (Albacete) and in the province of Alicante. The union adds that some 30,000 people work in the sector and lists Arneplant, Fluchos, Callahan, Moron, Fal and Pitillos in La Rioja as the main companies in the footwear industry; Pablosky, Baerchi, Joma, Legar, Hergilza and Eladio Martín in Fuensalida; SW Creations, Pedro García, Magrit, Newman Manufactures, Panama Jack, Pikolinos and Mustang in Alicante and SBA Factory, Sendra, Pertini, Martinos Forma, Lorens and Milan Classic in Almansa.


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