Coach excursions and transfers resume as the strike is temporarily suspended

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 04-10-2023
  • Business
  • Photo Credit: C7
Coach excursions and transfers  resume as the strike is temporarily suspended

The workers unions have decided to suspend the transport strike in the province of Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura) after holding meetings yesterday (Tuesday) regarding freight and discretionary transport at the Canary Islands Labor Tribunal (TLC) headquarters in Las Palmas with the Federation of Transport Companies.

Regarding freight transport, they stated in a press release that after the employers' association presented an economic proposal that "closely aligns with the position defended by the strike committee concerning salary updates, and which allows them to continue negotiating the rest of the agreement, both parties have agreed, at the TLC's suggestion, to suspend the planned strike days pending further negotiation with the employers on October 11th.”

Thus, depending on the progress of the negotiation, they will evaluate whether an agreement is reached and, following consultation with the Workers' Assembly, whether to finally call off the strike altogether. However, they also warned that if negotiations are blocked again, the strike will be reinstated.

Regarding discretionary transport (excursions etc.), the employers' association explained their proposal presented in the previous meeting, which includes salary increases for 2023 up to 6%, 2024 up to 8%, 2025 up to 6%, 2026 up to 5%, and 2027 up to 3%, along with a 40-hour working week.

In this case, after discussions by the Strike Committee regarding the effects of this proposal on certain categories and various proposals for changes in the salary structure put forth by the unions, they have agreed to suspend the strike for today, Wednesday 4th October, and will reconvene on tomorrow at the FET headquarters to further advance these proposals.

The decision to suspend or continue the strike in the coming days will depend on the progress of the meeting while negotiations continue.