The FSC-CCOO and FeSP-UGT public service federations have called a strike on 16 October involving workers in the government's overseas services. The strike is in protest at the freezing of salaries for the 7000 workers in the service and increasingly precarious employment conditions. The unions say that the strike is necessary as there has been no response to their demands since a meeting a meeting in June and despite a number of other protests and actions so far in 2017.
Workers in overseas services take strike action
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Workers employed in the Agency for International Co-operation for Development (AECID) took strike action on 8 September in protest over pay and conditions. Around 40% of staff have either left or are thinking of leaving the service because of deteriorating conditions pay frozen since 2009 and eroded by inflation and currency fluctuations. This has left some workers as much as 60% worse off in real terms. Unlike workers in other overseas departments AECID employees don't get any protection against local changes in the cost of living and this is the key demand of the strike.
Following strike action and demonstrations, the public service federations have welcomed some initial progress on establishing a new agreement covering embassy, consulate and other overseas public service workers. Negotiations will now take place on the detail of the agreement that should cover a broad range of pay and conditions. Read more at > FSP-UGT (ES) And at > FSAP-CCOO (ES)
The public service federations are calling for a collective agreement to cover the 6,000 or so workers who are employed by Spanish embassies, consulates and other overseas-based public bodies. The government has offered to negotiate minimum conditions but this has been rejected by the unions who accuse the government of trying to exclude these workers from the advances made in employment conditions through the new basic statute covering all public employees in Spain. [Read more at > FSAP-CCOO (ES)->http://www.fsap.ccoo.es/webfsap/menu.do?Actualidad:Sindical:Actualidad:6065] [Read more at > FSP