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Friday, February 19, 2010

Class struggle pays off: Auchan corporation defeated by workers

After nothing less than 16 months of strike, the workers of Sabeco supermaket at Arrasate (Gipuzkoa, Basque Country) have achieved their goal of getting a decent salary and working conditions, in agreement with the Basque statutes and not the Spanish ones, which the French multinational
Auchan wanted to implement.

By the Spanish statutes the workers were getting a misery salary of just 730 euros per month, just slightly above welfare payment levels and clearly insufficient for the cost of life in the Basque Counrty, where most home rentals are at those prices or higher.

The 52 workers of the Basque supermarket have therefore achieved a salary increase of 38% (from 13,113 to 18,118 euros/year), got a reduction in their journey of 53 hours/year and secured that in case of incpacity for any health reason, workers get 100% of their salary from the very first day.

Source: Gara.

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