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Novaltia – 900 days on strike

Jan 07, 2022

The longest strike in Europe continues owing to the refusal by the company’s management to negotiate and to the fact that the Labour Inspection Authority has refused to pursue and seriously sanction the company for its constant violations of the strikers’ rights.

International greetings to the XV ELA Congress

Nov 24, 2021

Although we did not have them physically with us during our XV Congress, our friends from the international arena sent us greetings on video and in writing. Here the messages we have received in video format.

Mitxel Lakuntza is re-elected as Secretary General of ELA, with 90.69% of the votes

Nov 25, 2021

Mitxel Lakuntza Vicario has been re-elected as Secretary General of ELA with 90.69% of the votes. The list for the new Executive Committee headed by Lakuntza was the only one presented at this 15th Confederate Congress. Additionally, the delegates meeting in Bilbao adopted by acclamation the Presentation that marks out the trade union’s strategic lines for the next four years.

Follow live ELA's XV Congress

Nov 23, 2021

ELA will broadcast from its website the XV Confederal Congress live via streaming. In addition, this website will carry out a detailed follow-up of the Congress.

ELA denounces that the attack on pensions is getting worse

Nov 12, 2021

ELA complains that Sánchez’s Government, the EU, the CEOE employers association, UGT and CCOO continue taking steps against revaluation according to the CPI and to impose future cut backs with a new MEI. For this reason, they are calling for mobilisations on the 13th of November (pensioners) and on the 1st of December (trade union majority) to put pressure on the PNV, Bildu and Podemos in the Congress.

ELA has increased its membership by 2,000 people since the previous Congress (total figure: 100,925)

Oct 18, 2021

Today, in the presence of a group of journalists from different means of communication, ELA has certified the trade union’s real membership figures, in a unique exercise of transparency in Euskal Herria, as it has put the direct checking of the real membership data at the disposal of the guests, always with the corresponding personal data protection. Accordingly, it has been verified that ELA has 100, 925 members, which means an increase of almost 2,000 contributing members compared to the data collected at the 2017 Congress (at that point there were 98,960 members). This exercise is normally carried out in the weeks running up to the congress, which in this case will take place on the 24th and 25th of November in Bilbao.

ELA is taking to the streets on the 24th of October to put the brakes on the pension cutbacks and to repeal the labour reform

Oct 12, 2021

Under the slogan 'Don’t sell us out in Madrid. No to the pension cutbacks. Repeal the labour reform,’ ELA will take to the streets en masse on the 24th of October in Bilbao, Donostia, Irun and Gasteiz, (11.30 am) to demand that the PNV, EH Bildu and Podemos rework the pension cutbacks and champion the repeal of the labour reform. The aim of the mobilisation is to increase the pressure against the steps that Sanchez’s Government wants to pass over the next few months: pension cutbacks and a new labour reform that intends to maintain the most harmful elements that were imposed by Zapatero (2010) and Rajoy (2012). For this reason, ELA is calling on the entire working class to demonstrate in these four capital cities.

ELA has signed the agreement with Tubacex, which prevents 129 redundancies, after over 8 months on strike

Oct 04, 2021

ELA decided to sign the end of strike agreement at Tubacex and in this way, prevent the 129 redundancies that the company wanted to impose and additionally, the judicial channels in the Supreme Court are closed, therefore, this achievement has now been guaranteed. Over 70% of the members of ELA at Tubacex have ratified the signing of the agreement. Following the process agreed on at the time by the committee, this result has been pooled with the other trade unions, whose respective members, as a whole, have also approved the signing. In this way, the majority of the people taking part in the strike (which has lasted over 8 months) have ratified the agreement.

A Congress to fight for what really matters

Oct 04, 2021

Today, ELA presented its 15th Confederal Congress, which will be held on the 24th and 25th of November at the Bilbao Euskalduna Jauregia under the slogan “Benetan garrantzitsuak diren gauzak; Aktibatu, Lortu, Zaindu” (“What is really important; Activate; Achieve; Care”.) The pandemic has clearly shown, more than ever, our society’s deficiencies and virtues. Crises show both the most positive and the most negative aspects of people and of societies. While we had still not overcome the 2008 crisis, the healthcare crisis caused by this pandemic has incurred serious economic, labour and social consequences for the working classes.

Pension reform: “The new Intergenerational Equity Mechanism gives carte blanche to the government for pension cutbacks”

Jul 15, 2021

On the 1st of July, the trade unions CCOO, UGT, CEOE and the Spanish Government signed the Pensions Agreement. Its very name indicates that it is the first block of pension reforms and that it is framed within the fulfilment of the Toledo Pact and the Plan presented by the Spanish Government to the European Commission in order to be able to access the European funds.

The Tubacex sentences uncover the fraudulent actions by the company’s management

Jul 13, 2021

The expert report produced by ELA, the only one proposed by the trade unions, has been a determining factor in the result of the sentences that declare the dismissals presented by the management to be null and void. The company now has five days to reinstate the 129 workers. In the case that the company were not to adopt the aforementioned steps, ELA will study continuing with the strike.

ELA has reached an agreement with H&M to not apply the dismissals agreed upon by the company, CCOO and UGT in Hego Euskal Herria (South Basque Country)

Jun 21, 2021

After the indefinite strike started on the 22nd of April this year, ELA has reached an agreement with the company in order for nobody to be dismissed at the centres in Araba, Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa and Nafarroa. Their working conditions will also not be modified, in spite of the nationwide employment regulation agreement signed by the company, CCOO and UGT, which contemplated dismissals for these centres. ELA congratulates the workers for the fight carried out defending their jobs.

A concentration by ELA, LAB, STEILAS and CCOO against the attempt to cover up the pandemic management by the Department of Education of the Autonomous Basque Country

Jun 21, 2021

The Department of Education of the Autonomous Basque Country has acknowledged the effort and work carried out by the workers during this school year, at an event held today in the Odón de Apraiz Centre in Gasteiz. Representatives of the trade unions LAB, STEILAS, ELA and CCOO concentrated there in order to denounce the propagandistic act by the Basque Government and to demand more resources.

The First of May: “With the crisis, we are going to take the other way out, the one using the left hand door, the one with more rights and fewer cutbacks” #AldaketaGaraiaDa

May 05, 2021

Unlike last year, this year ELA was able to celebrate the First of May in the streets. Of course, it couldn’t celebrate it as it would have liked. The decision by the Basque Country’s Higher Court of Justice to restrict the right to demonstrate was an attack on the fundamental rights. The trade union’s events in the four capital cities of Hego Euskal Herria were carried out taking all the healthcare measures into account. In spite of the obstacles, thousands of people took to the streets of Bilbao, Gasteiz, Iruñea and San Sebastian.

Significant following of the strike defending public services and the consolidation and creation of public employment

May 03, 2021

In light of the dramatic situation of the public employment in the Basque Country, with employment ratios that are way below the European average, and a very high rate of outsourcing, particularly in the feminised sectors, and with the highest temporary work rate of the Spanish state and of the EU, over 40% in all the fields, ELA, LAB, CCOO, SATSE, ESK and Steilas called a strike for the 22nd of April in the Basque public sector as a whole to defend the consolidation and creation of public employment.

Demonstrations against this system that is killing us and making us ill

May 03, 2021

On the 28th of April, the International Health and Safety at Work Day, thousands of trade union delegates from ELA, LAB, Steilas, ESK, EHNE and HIRU took to the streets of the Basque capital cities to demonstrate against this system that is killing us and making us ill and to demand public policies that put life at the centre of everything.

Thousands of people demand the repeal of the labour and collective bargaining reforms in Euskal Herria, Catalonia and Galicia

Apr 07, 2021

Thousands of members of ELA have protested in the capital cities of the four herrialdes (territories) of Hego Euskal Herria under the slogan “Sarraskiari STOP; lan erreformak derogatu. Don’t sell us in Madrid”. Similar mobilisations have taken place, at the same time in Galicia and Catalonia within the joint campaign started up by the trade unions ELA, CIG and Intersindical to promote the repeal of the labour and collective bargaining reforms in the Congress of Deputies, in Madrid.

ELA, CIG and CSC announce mobilisations for the 25th of March to demand the derogation of the labour reform and to stop collective redundancies

Mar 03, 2021

The Basque, Galician and Catalan trade unions have agreed to promote a joint campaign to force the legal changes necessary in the Spanish Congress of Deputies in Madrid, for the derogation of the latest labour reforms and to strengthen the social agenda, “a requirement that is even more urgent in the current situation of pandemic and general impoverishment of the working classes.” Mitxel Lakuntza indicates that “the aim is for the workers of Euskal Herria to be able to negotiate their working conditions here, without these being imposed on them from the State.” He has also demanded new steps to be taken in view of the end of the temporary furlough schemes and preventing collective redundancies.

The salary gap, a pandemic evil

Mar 03, 2021

The 22nd of February is the European Day for Equal Salaries between Men and Women. Today, the salary gap continues to be a widespread phenomenon, which is almost pandemic in our society. Women still receive lower wages than men for doing work of the same value. Even today, the professions, sectors and jobs carried out by women continue to be undervalued socially and consequently, economically.

In the Basque Autonomous Community, large companies pay less than one euro out of every ten that they earn in taxes

Mar 03, 2021

They obtain 1,295 million euros, but only pay 98.7 in Corporate Tax. Far from fairly contributing with their taxes, 22 of the main companies only paid 7.6% in Corporate Tax in 2019. As the General Secretary of ELA, Mitxel Lakuntza remarks, “they pay either little or nothing for their profits and the data shows that there is an important profit margin.” Lakuntza affirms that there is a clear collusion between governments and employers. “The only `auzolan´ (loosely translated from Basque as ‘joint community work’) is between the Basque Government and the employers to ensure that the large companies do not pay taxes.” There are even companies which, in spite of earning important profits, do not pay a single euro in this tax. This is the case of Petronor, Tubacex, Bridgestone, Pepsico, or GKN. He adds that we are lagging behind the European Union regarding aid to save employment. ELA demands an urgent tax reform before the summer and will request meetings with the Lehendakari, the general representatives, EH Bildu and Elkarrekin Podemos. He also announces mobilisations over the next months.