To the rhythm of Christmas carols in front of the Zara in Plaza de España, fifty people demonstrated this Tuesday in the center of Madrid demanding equality among the workers of the multinational Inditex: “Commissions have arrived at the door of this Zara to ask Marta Ortega equal conditions… come on, come on, come on, give me a framework agreement, open the door for us, we are very fed up….”
With banners, posters and a microphone, the workers of the company founded by Amancio Ortega ask that there be no “first and second” employees because they belong to different centers. In addition, the members of the Workers’ Commissions (CC.OO), the majority union of the multinational, demand a meeting of all the unions with the management of the company to express their discomfort.
The company’s logistics workers (who number around 8,500) are demanding greater equality in labor rights with those of the manufacturing and store workforce. “If the management does not sit down once and for all to negotiate working conditions for the group’s logistics based on equality, these protests will continue to increase,” warned the general secretary of CC OO of Industry, Garbiñe Espejo.
From the union they affirm that if their requests are not attended to “the protests will get worse” and they threaten with a concentration of their workers before the general meeting of shareholders
A similar demonstration took place a few months ago in A Coruña, where the Inditex headquarters are located, but as there were no changes, the workers called for a new rally, this time in the capital, in the heart of Gran Vía.
Two National Police vans monitored the smooth development of the protest, which did not alter the usual routine in the center of Madrid this Tuesday morning. “There are more police than protesters,” one worker commented to another colleague.
Differences in conditions
The Comisiones Obreras union has been very critical of the inequality among Inditex workers: in the case of paid leave due to death, there are centers that have six days of leave and others that have four; There are centers that receive childcare assistance of 150 euros and others of 200 euros; In some spaces they give a marriage permit of 16 days and others of 18; And regarding salary compensation for those in a situation of temporary disability, there are centers that have 100% and others that do not.
In front of one of the largest Zara stores, the general secretary of CC OO of Inditex Logistics, Ainhoa Salvador, has demanded equality in social aid, paid leave and early retirement. And she accused other unions of using “this demand to defend their own particular interests instead of defending the common good.”
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