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Refuse collectors reach initial agreement to end strike in Mijas

Rubbish piled up in Alhaurín el Grande last week.
Rubbish piled up in Alhaurín el Grande last week. / SUR
  • After the intervention of Mijas town hall, Urbaser has agreed to renegotiate the conditions of the workforce |The strike in Alhaurín was ended on Friday after a similar agreement

The refuse collection strike in Mijas was set to come to an end on Monday afternoon after the firm Urbaser agreed to renegotiate conditions with the workforce.

An initial agreement was reached between employers and workforce on Sunday after Mijas town hall intervened. This was due to be confirmed at a meeting on Monday afternoon.

The meeting between firm, workers and the acting mayor Maldonado on Sunday.

The meeting between firm, workers and the acting mayor Maldonado on Sunday. / SUR

Urbaser workers downed tools in the early hours of Thursday morning in Mijas and in Alhaurín el Grande to demand the renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreements that establish their working conditions.

The strike in Alhaurín was called off on Friday after a similar agreement was reached with the involvement of the town hall there.

By Sunday an estimated 200 tonnes of rubbish had piled up on the streets of Mijas and 70 in Alhaurín el Grande, with minimum services established at 30 or 40 per cent.

The 127 workers (118 in Mijas and the rest in Alhaurín el Grande) are calling for the renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement ('convenio colectivo') which expired on 31 December last year.

The workers want a three per cent rise in salary, according to the trade union, CC OO. They also want the option to be able to work from Monday to Friday, with special shifts implemented for weekends and cover.