Almost on the horn, Correos and the unions CC OO, UGT, CSIF and Sindicato Libre have reached an agreement today to improve the conditions of their workers that will prevent the strike that the power stations had convened for Friday and next Wednesday. The agreement, which covers the period 2018-2020, includes a significant salary improvement for employees of the public postal company, who will see their salaries progressively increased so that by 2020 they will receive 9% more than now, the equivalent of 600 euros per year. The increase will be 1.75% retroactive for this year, 2.5% for next year and 3% in 2020. It will be both fixed and variable improvements. The latter will be linked to the evolution of GDP and compliance with the objective of budgetary stability, as detailed by the company. Along with this salary improvement, in the payroll of February of the next year Correos will pay the accumulated arrears with the labor personnel of 1.5% since January 1 and 1.75% from July 1.
The agreement also includes the elimination of the obligation of Correos employees to work on Saturdays. The sixth day of the week will become voluntary and paid at almost 7.75 euros the extra hour, a measure that, for CSIF, constitutes an important labor advance. It also includes what CSIF has described as the "decriminalization of absenteeism due to sick leave with 100% of the compensation from the first day of surgery".
To strengthen the workforce, which currently has just over 51,000 workersCorreos will stabilize 11,200 jobs, in different phases, through the consolidation of temporary positions and the call for new places, with which precarious employment will be reduced from 35% to 8%, the unions calculate. This plan will allow the company to recover the almost 15,000 jobs that the company has lost in the last decade, according to Commission estimates. Another novelty of the agreement is the partial retirement of the workforce and the relief contracts, which will become a reality, and the voluntary leave program incentivized for the staff, in which the access age will be lowered.