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(en) [Spain] Cnt nº 425 - CNT advances in the metallurgical sector: New section at Power Electronics- Antonio Ruiz By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:57:40 +0200

Power Electronics is a heavyweight in the metal technology industry, employing more than 3,000 workers and with points of sale in more than 40 countries, with exponential growth in recent years. Since 1987, it has been manufacturing high power variable speed drives and starters and is currently involved in the solar energy and electric vehicle market. She was even involved in the manufacture of respirators during the start of the Covid-19 health emergency. The company belongs to the Salvo family, whose vice president is the former executive chairman of the board of directors of Valencia Club de Fútbol, Amadeo Salvo.
The company recently built a work center in the municipality of Llíria (Valencia), with an area of more than 100,000 square meters - called "Campus" - in which more than 1,000 employees work. It is in this work center that the CNT set up its new union section. The Salvo family also owns another company in the metallurgical sector called "Power Metal Works", in which CNT also created a union section that has been operating for several years.

The union section was recently formed in July and is the result of the union's ongoing work in obtaining affiliation in the workplace, disseminating communications, distributing information on shift changes, etc. The highlight of this effort was the creation of a union section with a considerable number of members and presence in various departments of the company. A company of this size without unitary representation and without another union section shows the fear that has been instilled among workers to prevent personnel from claiming their rights. Currently, CNT is the only leading union with a real presence in Power Electronics.

As the constitution of the new union section spread, expectations were high and the number of members increased exponentially. There have been too many years of irregularities, breaches of agreements, continued abuse and fear. But now that there is a CNT union representation in the company, Power Electronics has no choice but to comply with labor standards and respect the rights of the workforce.

The CNT union section intends to move forward little by little, but with firm steps. The first demands that have been made relate to the confinement of workers due to Covid-19, compliance with prior notice on flexible working hours, prevention of risks in the production lines, professional groups that perform higher functions, etc. It is very clear to union representatives that they must increase their membership in the medium term in order to be able to make their claims more forcefully, and that they will not tolerate a single irregularity in order to literally comply with the applicable collective agreement.

CNT continues to be established in the metallurgical sector, a historically combative sector that must continue to organize itself to recover all the rights that have been withdrawn from it in recent decades.


Translation> Liberto

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