All unions with representation in the sector denounce that, despite the fact that Osakidetza has increased financing to companies by 30%, the employers maintain a “permanent blockade” in the negotiation and refuse to accept any of their demands.
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The unions ELA, LSB-USO, LAB, UGT, CC.OO. and ESK have called for mobilizations and three days of strike – October 9, 10 and 11 – in the ambulances of the Basque Autonomous Community (CAV) due to the “blockade” in negotiations with the employers.
Specifically, they will hold rallies on September 29 and October 5, in front of the Labor Relations Center in Bilbao and in front of the Basque Parliament, respectively. In addition, they are calling for three days of strike for the next October 9, 10 and 11.
In a joint note, the union centers denounce that “25 negotiating table meetings and more than a year and a half have passed for the signing of the new autonomous agreement.” In all this time, the ambulance employers have maintained a “permanent blockade” without responding to any of their demands and “taking advantage of acts of sabotage that have nothing to do with the negotiation of the agreement to block it.” Among other issues, they demand the equalization of the conditions of medical transport personnel with the conditions of Osakidetza personnel, the maintenance of the purchasing power of the staff and the guarantee of compliance with the agreement.
“We are aware that the company’s financing has increased by 30% in this new competition and while workers are forced to work more and more poorly paid to be able to make ends meet, the salary situation for workers has continued to worsen with the high variation rates of the CPI, accumulating around 12% of purchasing losses in just two years,” they stated.
Furthermore, they criticize that companies “not only receive financing from public competitions, but also from private competitions (soccer matches, popular festivals, concerts, etc.) where they use the staff assigned to the specifications to provide services”, something which they claim is “an illegal practice.”
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