The Renfe and Adif works councils have agreed to call strikes on November 24 and 30 and December 1, 4 and 5 in meetings held this Tuesday, as reported by the unions. The unions claim a lack of information about the consequences of the measure and demand that in any case it be done without workers seeing their working conditions worsen.
The extraordinary meetings of the committees have taken place in the two public companies after learning of the agreement reached between PSOE and ERC last week to transfer Rodalies to the Generalitat. Since the agreement came to light, all unions have criticized it for the lack of information regarding the working conditions of the staff, both the operator and the infrastructure manager.
The Ministry of Transport and the Government defend that it is only a political agreement that does not address, for the moment, technical aspects on how this transfer of powers between the State and Generalitat would be carried out. The institutional secretary of the CC.OO. railway sector, Rafael García, showed this Tuesday on the 24h channel his concern for the future of the workers, with uncertainty “especially in their working conditions.” “The committees have not been previously informed of a decision of this caliber,” he reproached. “We are talking about public companies with an important quality of employment. We aspire to maintain that status or improve it, not to go back,” he added.
“We have not been previously informed of a decision of this caliber,” they criticize from CC.OO.
Another problem that the workers have detected is that the agreement does not have “identical terms” for Adif and Renfe, which leads them to “demand a firm commitment that provides guarantees for the groups in both companies on the same terms,” according to a statement. from UGT. All unions present in the works councils have supported the strike proposal.
The Government assured this Tuesday that the working conditions of all workers will be guaranteed and that the agreement includes a collaboration agreement between the Generalitat and Renfe to facilitate labor mobility, said the Minister of Territory, Ester Capella.
The agreement includes respect for the labor rights acquired by workers, and the Government has committed to the union organizations to explain how the transfer will be carried out and that management remains 100% public.
If the PSOE finally manages to carry out the investiture, in principle only the tracks that serve lines R1, R2 and R3 will be transferred. Subsequently, the entire network in Catalonia will be analyzed for future transfers, but provided that they do not affect the railway traffic of more than one autonomous community or international traffic, that they do not include freight traffic or that they can be disaggregated from the network of general interest of the State.