Unions and employers reach a preliminary agreement on the citrus handling agreement

Strike of citrus warehouses in Spanish Region of Valencia called off

The strike in citrus handling and packing warehouses, which was to take place between December 14 and 20, was eventually called off after a preliminary agreement was reached between the convening unions, UGT and CC. OO., and the employer, formed by the Citrus Management Committee and Cooperatives Agro-alimentàries. The intermediation of the Councilor of Agriculture, Mireia Mollà, has been key in the outcome of the negotiations.

Mireia Mollà thanked "all the people involved for their desire to work together with the sector" and for their effort. For its part, UGT FICA said that "we have not taken a single step back. The collective agreement has been improved, maintaining our workday from Monday to Friday, with 8 hours of ordinary work. We want to thank the effort and support of all workers in the sector, who have made our effort worthwhile."

The new agreement, which will remain in force retroactively from September 1 to August 31, 2024, contains some important changes, such as:

- The daily shift will be 8 hours from Monday to Friday. The ninth is eliminated and if considered, it will be structural.

- There will be a 1% salary increase during each of the four years in which it will be in force.

- 25% increase in the price of overtime.

- To work as a packer without experience, the minimum contract will be for 30 days

- Compulsory retirement: a mandatory retirement clause will be established, provided that the worker has the right to 100% of the retirement pension and that employment promotion measures are in place. These may include the hiring of a worker for each retired person, or temporary workers being offered permanent contracts.

- The number of paid hours that can be used to accompany relatives (up to a first degree of kinship) to the doctor, in case they are unable to do it themselves due to age, accident or illness, is increased to 6.


Source: agronewscomunitatvalenciana.com

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