Talks raise hopes to end court strike
Intense negotiations over the weekend may bring an end to the two-month strike by court workers.7 April 2008
MADRID - After two days of intense negotiations, a two-month strike by court workers from several regions over wages appeared to have ended on Sunday.
Justice Minister Mariano Fernández Bermejo reached an agreement on Sunday with the country's leading labour unions, UGT and CCOO, while the justice sector unions CSI-CSIF and STAJ declined to sign the agreement until they hold a workers' referendum.
Bermejo offered strikers a monthly increase of EUR 190, compared with the EUR 200 raise they demanded to bring their salaries in line with colleagues from regions with power over their own justice administration systems.
Additionally, each government worker would have to put in six extra working hours a week for six months to make up for lost time, the minister said. The strike has left a huge backlog of paperwork in many courts, leading to chaos in some cases.
[El Pais / S. U. / Expatica]