Spain: agreement to stop metalworkers' strike

It lasted 9 days in Cadiz area, with tensions, disorders

25 November, 18:47

    MADRID - Unions and companies in the metalworkers sector in the province of Cadiz, in southern Spain, have reached a "pre-agreement" to end a general strike of workers that lasted nine day, the unions Ugt and Comisiones Obreras said. Strong political and social tension as well as public unrest were recorded during the strike.

    The agreement provides for a 2% salary hike for the next three years. The improvement of salary conditions was the main demand made by workers, who are now expected to ratify the accord. The agreement was reached after days of negotiations.

    Meanwhile, workers organized for nine days pickets, traffic interruptions, marches and other protests. Police intervened repeatedly charging protesters, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to deal with situations including barricades, small fires and objects hurled by some demonstrators.

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