The workers of the Organic Citrus company (formerly Riotinto Fruit), which is located in the Riotinto mining basin, have expressed their rejection and concern regarding the company's decision to derive part of its organic orange production from its center in Huelva to another one in Valencia, where they also want to market this type of product.
This is something that the company recognized, stated the general secretary of UGT-FICA Huelva, Luciano Gomez. When the committee asked the company about this decision they answered that they had taken it to give customers to the center in Valencia and that it was a transitory issue.
The Organic Citrus works council informed the employees at the first Workers Assembly about the economic data and commercial strategy adopted by the Directorate of the company in the center of Riotinto.
The committee questioned the data provided by the company and flatly express their disagreement with them. “The reality is that the staff, in general, has earned less and therefore has worked less time. Consequently, production should not be diverted to another area. Doing so will seriously affect the salaries of the workers in Huelva,” they stated.
The committee expressed its disagreement with this measure stating that it was a strategy to relocate the activity and that it would have a very negative impact on the regional employment's future prospects, so it called on the company to rectify its position. "If this attack on our jobs' stability isn't stopped, we'll mobilize as necessary to ensure there's enough workload to guarantee direct and indirect jobs in our region and province," they stated.
“We've requested an urgent meeting with all the mayors of the region to establish a common front in defense of the employment that is being and will be lost,” the works council stated.
In the spring of 2019, the company and workers locked horns on account of the increase in the interbranch minimum wage and the salary tables approved by the sector's collective agreement. The issue was resolved in the Sercla avoiding an indefinite strike.