The National Association of Large Distribution Companies (Anged), which includes companies such as El Corte Inglés, Carrefour or Ikea, among others, and the unions have reached and signed this Wednesday an agreement for the new sector agreement, which will be valid for two years (2021 and 2022) and affects about 230,000 employees, after agreeing to a 2% salary increase in this period, according to Europa Press.
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The agreement will be transitory and will be in force until December 31, 2022 due to the need to adapt the sector to the new scenario, outlined both by legislative changes and by new consumer habits of customers whose trend towards ‘online’ commerce is has accelerated during the pandemic.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks during the negotiation has been the salary increase, since the employer began talks with the proposal of the salary freeze for the entire period, but that has finally been closed with a fixed rise of 2% in the two years of validity of this agreement.
Another issue of the negotiation was the development of specific ‘ecommerce’ jobs on Sundays, which has finally been reduced to five Sundays, compared to the 23 proposed by the employers. In addition, the assignment procedure will be based on voluntariness and the people who carry out this task will receive an increase of 30% on the daily salary plus a day of recovery.
Teleworking and digital disconnection
This agreement includes new social rights such as teleworking, which will be paid 25 euros per month, digital disconnection, the equal pay register and the increase in paid leave on working days.
From CCOO they recognize that with the signing of this agreement the sector is provided with “necessary tools to carry out a just digital transition”. In addition, the union values ”positively” that the sector has demonstrated the ability to adapt to change and that it has understood that this transition must be made taking into account the workforce.
For his part, the general secretary of the Fetico union, Antonio Pérez, believes that this agreement “becomes a labor shield at the worst moment of the global economic crisis due to the pandemic, where rights have not been lost and rights have been improved so much. wages as social rights “.
“In addition, the online sale becomes an opportunity to maintain employment, and for the adaptation of workers to jobs other than those that can be assigned voluntarily and with a supplementary payment,” he stressed.
From the Fasga union, which highlights the maintenance of a “stable and quality employment”, they consider that with the signing of this agreement they build “the necessary foundations to strengthen a sector that, not only is current, but will be stronger looking to the future “.