The lack of agreement between the employers and the unions for the signing of the collective agreement for Extremadura's agricultural sector, after more than a year and a half of negotiations, has led to UGT and CC.OO. calling for a strike of farm workers on July 1, 2 and 3.
On June 30, the six-month extension granted to reach an agreement will come to an end, so the sector will be governed by the Workers' Statute, which will harm workers, as it increases the number of working hours from the current 6 and a half to 8, with what this entails in a region where the heat is a key factor.
As stated by the Secretary General for Industry of CC.OO. Extremadura, Saturnino Lagar, the objective is to protect the "dignity" of workers in the primary sector, after the majority employer, the agrarian organization Apag Extremadura Asaja, refused this past Wednesday to sign the necessary agreement.
They believe that the argument put forward by the agrarian organization is an "excuse" to spark a labor conflict, says UGT FICA general secretary Miguel Talavera.
"We are not asking for more than the 950 Euro of the interprofessional minimum wage," said Talavera, who, like Lagar, believes that this agrarian organization has acted like this because of the influence of right wing politics and the fruit sector.
It is worth noting that this agreement is very important, as it has a direct impact on 65,000 workers and almost 7,000 companies in the region.