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Bank workers in Bilbao will protest against salary negotiations

Bank workers in Bilbao will protest wage negotiations for February 21

Maria Jose Gonzalez

February 13, 2024 | 10:58 a.m.

In a panorama of growing tensions in the Spanish banking sector, banking workers in entities such as Unicaja, Banco Santander, Caixabank, BBVA and Ibercaja, have decided to take a step forward in the fight for their labor rights. Faced with proposals that consider insufficient on the part of the employers, these employees not only in Bilbao but also in cities like Seville and Barcelona, are organizing to make their voices heard in a more powerful and coordinated way. The date set for these new mobilizations is 21 February, a day that promises to be key in the development of these salary negotiations.

The scenario is one of profound disagreement. On the one hand, the employers' associations, represented by AEB and CECA, have proposed salary increases that, although significant, are far from meeting workers' expectations. For another, The unions, firm in their position, are not willing to accept an increase that is less than 10%. This figure, they argue, is the minimum necessary to maintain the purchasing power of employees in a challenging economic context.

The demands of bank workers and the response of employers

The current situation is the result of a negotiation process that has revealed a significant gap between what workers consider fair and what employers are willing to offer. While The latest proposal from the AEB proposes an increase of 8% in three years, the unions are seeking an increase that ranges between 10% and 17%. The discrepancy is not just numerical, but reflects a fundamental difference in job valuation and compensation expectations.

This conflict is not limited to a question of numbers; It has broader implications for work ethics and respect for workers' rights. As Elena Díaz, president of FINE, pointed out, the employer's proposal is not only insufficient, but it perpetuates the loss of purchasing power of employees. This is a critical point in the negotiation, since it directly affects the quality of life of thousands of workers and their families.

The escalation of mobilizations and the possibility of a strike

Banking workers in Bilbao mobilize on February 21

In the absence of significant progress in the negotiations, workers have decided to intensify their efforts. The planned concentrations in Bilbao, Seville and Barcelona They are just the beginning of a calendar of mobilizations that could culminate in a strike. This possibility, far from being a mere symbolic gesture, underlines the determination of bank employees to fight for what they consider fair.

All the Banking entities involved are aware that a strike could have significant repercussions, not only in terms of daily operations, but also in its image and reputation. In this sense, the current situation represents a turning point: either an agreement is reached that satisfies both parties, or the conflict could escalate to levels that would deeply affect the sector.

What is at stake in these negotiations goes beyond numbers. This is a debate about the value of work, equity in compensation and respect for labor rights. February 21, therefore, is not just a date for a series of mobilizations, but a crucial moment in which the future of labor relations in the Spanish banking sector will be defined.

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