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The details of the agreement that unions and the metal employer have signed in Cádiz

This is how the agreement has remained after six intense negotiation sessions and nine days of indefinite strike full of tension. All the parties have yielded to reach the signing of a document that will affect the working lives of more than 20,000 people, specifically, some 17,000 permanent and between 3,000 and 9,000 temporary.

Chronology of the industrial bleeding of the Bay of Cádiz in seven chapters

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Validity. From the beginning, the employer wanted a three-year term for the agreement, from 2021 to 2023, while the unions proposed a two-year period. The agreement has established a validity from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023, the three years that the entrepreneurs requested.

Increments. A fixed salary increase of 2% has been approved in the three years (2021, 2022, 2023). The initial request of the unions was for increases of 2%, 2.5 and 3%, and the departure proposal of the employer was for a rise of 0.5 in 2021 and 1.5% the following two years.

Increase in the CPI. The negotiation began with the union request for the inclusion of the total rise in the CPI in the face of the refusal to the companies. Finally, the agreement has reached a middle ground: “once the annual increase in the CPI is known”, 80% of the difference will be applied retroactively that year and, something very important, with this figure the salary tables will be updated, that is, , that this rise is consolidated. The agreement also indicates that, if after three years there is any difference between the applied increases and the real ones, they will be added by 2024.

Eventual staff. The signed agreement has agreed to a 2% rise for eventuals, regardless of whether they start or end at any time of the year, union sources explain. The text is worded as follows: “For 2022 and 2023, companies will try to pay the guaranteed 2% on account from the month of January of each year and in any case always at the termination or settlement of their contract, without wait for the end of the calendar year ”

Control and follow up. “A commission is agreed for the control and monitoring of this agreement and the vigilance of the questions referred to eventuality and in particular the time control, the overtime and the payment of arrears”. Said commission, as the text of the agreement says, will have representation from both parties: four people for the business part and another four for the “social part” (two from UGT and two from CCOO). The Labor Inspectorate, the Employment Department or the State Public Employment Service may be invited. The commission, “which has been one of the most difficult to agree on,” will meet every three months.

When will the next one be negotiated? This is also contemplated in the signed document: negotiations will begin in September 2022. However, the agreement includes the extension from one year (proposed by law) to two of ultractivity. What does this mean? That the agreement remains in force as long as there is no new one for two years, which allows more room for negotiation.

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