New victory for the Primor perfumery workers. The Melilla provincial labor inspectorate has concluded that the temporary contracts that the company makes in the city are fraudulent and has forced it to transform them into permanent ones. Inspection disassembles like this the modus operandi with which Primor operates throughout Spain: temporary hiring through different companies to avoid having permanent contracts. “You enter a company for three or six months. You don’t know, because the contract says ‘until the end of the work’. If you do it well, they keep you and they change your company,” a Primor worker recently explained to this Newspaper.
Two weeks ago, says a person who worked in the Melilla store, the Malaga supervisor called the store’s employees and told them that “because of their work, effort and dedication” they were going to have an indefinite contract. “It’s weird. Why did this happen? Because the complaints, both anonymously and through the Workers’ Commissions, worked,” explains this same person. “They made the workers indefinite. The inspection document states that it has required Primor to do so.”
The complaint made by Comisiones Obreras is from October 2019. In it, the union explains that the Primor de Melilla makes work and service contracts “until the end of the work” and that it works with two different companies: Persian Melon and Extraordinary Cosmetics, only two of the more than ten managed by the owner of the brand, Juan Ricardo Hidalgo. In the complaint, CC.OO states that if workers are in the same position for more than 24 months, they must go to permanent positions. Something that did not occur in the perfumeries of the Malaga company.
“At the time we filed the complaint, the entire staff was in that situation,” says Francisco Miguel López, general secretary of CC.OO in Melilla. After visiting the work center and requesting additional documentation, the inspection found that “the temporary contracts of the company are entered into in fraud of law, while the cause of the same is not justified, covering permanent needs of the company by be structural posts “.
“We do not know how many people they have made indefinite now, because in this time some will have left and others will have entered,” López continues. The person who worked at the store and knew about these complaints welcomes the resolution but regrets that the inspection took more than a year to act. “We are talking about Melilla, it is a small city,” he says. “The good thing is that there are small changes in the Primor world.”
Several Melilla workers are now waiting for the trial for their dismissal to be held on March 14, just before Spain declared a state of alarm. The workers formed a union section, the manager found out and that same night they were fired. The lawsuit requests the nullity of the dismissal and compensation for violating the right to freedom of association. The trial was scheduled for last December, but COVID restrictions have delayed it.