Cassette players at the April Fair are left alone in their request to enforce working hours of up to 14 hours

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Not a wave of a new pandemic, not bad weather. The new normality’s first April fair, after being suspended for two years due to the health crisis, has faced an unexpected surprise that threatens to reduce booth opening hours: a strike announced by Andalusian cassette makers, a Demand extraordinary lace. Labor reform to adapt it to their special working conditions: for a one-week contract and a work day of up to 14 hours, the “special availability of schedule” requires this type of event. However, their claims have been doubted and even outright rejected by unions and the Ministry of Labor, as they are inconsistent not only with the new law, but also with the labor law.

After its strong initial stake, the Association of Hospitality Entrepreneurs of Feria de Andalucía, as EL PAÍS has been able to learn, may withdraw its strike announcement this Wednesday. A blow that strikes the mayor of Marena del Alcor, the first fair to be affected by this menace. “He has made sure everything will return to normal,” his councilor Juan Manuel López told this newspaper, in line with the words of the Seville government’s deputy representative, Carlos Toscano, who met with the union on Monday. “I don’t think there will be any strike. I have seen a very positive outlook and their doubts about labor reforms have been cleared. “We are evaluating it, but it will depend on how the rest of the talks with the administration proceed,” David Martinez, the organization’s president, who meets with the UGT union this Tuesday, qualified this newspaper. has made it.

“Labor reform touches nothing related to the working day and there is little to rest. Yes, laws must be followed everywhere”, Yolanda Diaz, Minister of Labor, said yesterday, adding that “the specifics of this group hiring can be fully disseminated through the contractual modalities involved in the reform” , explains a spokesman for the department led by Diaz. A response that the CC OO union also gave them was when, two months ago, cassette makers teamed up with the labor organization to tell them they felt uncomfortable with the application of the new regulatory framework for labor reform.

“We present solutions that are being implemented at other companies that are dedicated to food and drink In baptisms and events and they are also forced to make temporary contracts”, explains José Antonio Frejo, Secretary of Trade Union Action of the Federation of Andalusian CC OO Services. Labor X-rays of employees of cassette makers, which combine workers for the duration of a fair, an average of seven days, with weather, of six to seven months, and in which they may work in some 20–22 fair frezos. Using the same personnel share in each municipality, it says, “would allow them, for the first cases, to combine temporary contracts of less than 90 days with permanent discontinuous ones.”

12 hours compulsory rest

The substantial problem lies in the length of the working day and the 12-hour break between one and the other. “We need hours to be more flexible, because opening hours to the public are longer. If contracts are limited to eight hours, then we have to double the workforce and for us it is financially unfeasible and because we do not get qualified workers,” Martin explained to this newspaper last Thursday, when the pause was announced. Was. “Labor reform has in no case modified the working day rule, which has been in labor law for decades,” he tells Shram.

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“A willingness to work 14 or 15 hours, as they ask, is unforgivable and non-negotiable as the working day limit is found in statute, but it is also an obligation to maintain 12 hours of rest. issue that has nothing to do with the amount charged, but directly affects the occupational health of the people,” warns Frejo. They go a little further than UGT and accuse cassette players of “trying to legitimize the illegal savings they have been doing so far to avoid sanctions or fines,” said UGT’s general secretary of the Federation of Mobility and Consumer Services. Enrique Jimenez says in Seville.

submerged economy

Jiménez points to the culture of the underground economy surrounding the Andalusian fairs, where waiters, cleaners, security guards, carriage drivers or musicians also work no quoted hours, if they are cited at all. A situation, fictional name, illustrated by Miguel López. “I usually take a week off to coincide with the April Fair to work as a waiter. It’s a way to earn more in a week than what I earn in a month at my job.” He is 35 years old, now works at a cleaning company – in other years he juggled temporary contracts – and has been serving tables and jars of rebujito at the fair for nearly 15 years, an additional 10-day job that required him almost Get 1,300 euros. “If I paid the same price, it wouldn’t pay to work at a fair in a week,” he admits.

Every April at the fair, the Labor Inspection launches an intensive campaign to tackle the unregulated economy. “Apart from people who equate the notion of unemployment without registering with Social Security or with a job at a fair, what we find most are part-timers who work longer hours than usual. This is a huge hoax,” explains Jose Antonio Amet, a labor inspector who met with the Cassette Makers Association before the pandemic.

Fairly self-employed working in the hospitality industry should benefit from the terms of the provincial collective agreement. According to one in Seville, which is now being negotiated, for nine days worked eight hours – with relevant pay cuts – a waiter would receive 501.74 euros. To which four additional hours must be added to the day, the maximum permitted by law, 630.36. In total, he could earn 1,131 euros a week. “That’s what the law says. Cassette players pay a little more, between 1,200 and 1,500 euros, but not for eight or 12 hours, but for 14 that are not quoted to Social Security. There’s savings and there’s what they want to achieve with discovering their particular diet”, censors Jimenez.

The UGT and CCOO have invited cassette manufacturers to engage in negotiations to seek accommodation for some of their demands in the hospitality agreement, but have warned that a specific collective agreement is not possible for them, such as Extension of working day. “If for this they have to double the workforce, they have to do so, as in other catering establishments in Seville,” says Frejo. “If they offered two days of weekly rest and 12 hours of rest established by law, they certainly wouldn’t have the problem of lack of demand,” Jimenez opines.

According to data provided by the association, the Fair Hoteliers Association brings together 120 freelancers, who create 10,000 direct jobs and about 40,000 indirect jobs, contributing an annual average of 5.5 million euros to social security contributions. At the moment, Martin does not want to finalize progress in the talks. Everything points to the fact that the strike could be called off on Wednesday, which, if it continues in Seville, will affect 75% of the 1,052 booths at the fairs with a schedule of 12 to 3, however. Only closing time is mandatory.

“We must keep in mind that the minimum interprofessional wage has increased for two years and in between they have been almost without income. If now they have to copy the workforce, the cost should be passed on to the owners of the booths and not to the worker”, says Amet. “It is the same period as a supermarket and not always the same people operate all the time. But it’s a lot cheaper for five or six people working all day, compared to different time slots. We have to delineate this situation,” Jimenez says.

Ventilation booths in the time of Kovid

Real de la Feria is no stranger to safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Most of the sheds have double cover to improve ventilation inside. It is a structure that does not change the typical aesthetics of the booth, which is installed at the rear, where the kitchens are located and the smoke accumulates, but also that the people living inside congregate, as they are next to the bar. Huh. Being in the back, it can only be seen from behind the awning, so it is barely noticeable when walking through the main thoroughfares of the Los Remedios site. In addition to innovation inside the realm, the city council is also going to decorate the city centre, an initiative launched last year to bring a ‘fair air’ to the capital in its second year without its spring festivities. The pennants would be repeated on the Avenida de la Constitution, although the lanterns and scarves would not be redone in front of the town hall.

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