Around 1,000 workers in the street cleaning and urban waste sector in the Balearic Islands benefit from the first sectoral collective bargaining agreement

Mar 15, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Representatives of workers and employers in the street cleaning and solid urban waste sector in the Balearic Islands today signed the first sectoral collective agreement that will regulate working conditions and labour relations in this activity for the first time. The sectoral collective agreement, which was signed in the presence of the Director-General of Labour and Social Security, Virginia Abraham, is also the first of its kind to be signed in the whole of Spain and is intended to benefit some 1,000 workers throughout the Balearic Islands archipelago. Also present at the signing ceremony was the director of IBASSAL, Rubén Castro, and the president of the FELIB, Antoni Salas.

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This agreement comes into force in stages, with an effective start date from the entry into force of each municipal contract, taking into account that 65% of the contracts are renewed in 2022. The duration of the agreement is 6 years. The agreement has an autonomous scope, although the number of municipalities benefiting is 52 since some councils have their own municipal company that provides these services.

An average increase of 40% in salaries

One of the main points of agreement has been to set the average salary at 19,868.64 euros, which represents a significant average increase in salaries of around 40%, given that most of the workers affected started from a salary equivalent to the SMI. In addition, the working day is set at 1,797 hours per year, with a maximum working week of 40 hours.

Other points fixed are holiday periods (30 days) and sick leave for occupational illnesses and accidents at work (100% coverage for the first 90 days, and 90% from the 91st to the 120th day).

It also includes improvements in training and introduces equality and occupational risk prevention clauses that must be complied with by both parties.

Reducing precariousness in the sector

At the end of the signing ceremony, the Director-General of Labour and Occupational Health said that this is an important day for the Balearic Islands, because it not only establishes a solid basis for labour relations affecting this sector but also aims to be a benchmark for Spain as a whole, as it is the first sectoral agreement for street cleaning and MSW to be signed in the whole of Spain.

In addition, Abraham indicated that this negotiation, which has been long and difficult, has come to a successful conclusion, and will contribute to improving the working conditions of workers in a sector that, in general terms, suffers from precarious elements in certain working conditions.

The scope of the agreement covers the regulation of the activities of public street cleaning, irrigation, domestic waste collection, beach cleaning, waste treatment and disposal, selective collection, green points, “deixalleries”, clean points and recycling plants.