May 22th 2024 | 4:09


Total strike in the sports centers of Bizkaia


Jesus Carames

April 16, 2024 | 10:51 a.m.

In Bizkaia, the fifth day of strike in sports venues and fields has reached a follow-up of 90%, as reported by the ELA, CCOO and LAB unions. This sector, which brings together approximately 2,000 workers employed through subcontractors, is experiencing tensions because its agreement has expired since December 2022.

The protests, which began this month, will continue with four additional days scheduled from May 7 to 10. The unions have expressed their frustration at the prolongation of negotiations for the renewal of the agreement, criticizing the lack of substantial content in the discussions.

This Monday's demonstration took place in front of the Eudel headquarters in Bilbao, where Itziar Larrazabal from ELA highlighted the responsibility of the municipalities in this conflict. According to Larrazabal, although the municipalities subcontract the services, they should actively participate in the negotiations to resolve the conflict.

The unions are requesting significant improvements in working conditions, including the preservation of purchasing power and the reduction of the working day to 35 hours per week by 2028. In addition, they demand the inclusion of other issues in the negotiation, such as payday and bonuses for class preparation or for working on holidays.

The next meeting between the unions and the employers is scheduled for May 3. Larrazabal has warned that if satisfactory proposals are not presented, the mobilizations will continue. In fact, the possibility of extending the strike days beyond May is already being contemplated if necessary to promote negotiations.

This Tuesday, the protests will continue with a rally scheduled at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Portugalete City Hall, while the workers maintain their commitment to fight for a fair agreement.

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