Gerd Rohde 16 March 2011 07:28:22Solidarity with HP Strike at Spain, no strikebreaking!
The Spanish trade unions called for this week to strike in HP Spain. In Spain joblessness is with 20% higher as in most other European countries no matter that:
- there are wage cuts of about 5% for persons employed in the public service,
- the increase of the retirement age from 65 to 67 years
- drastic degradations with the protection against dismissal
- degradations of the rights for employee representatives.
Looking at this background we can’t understand why a highly profitable company like HP will enforce dismissal of colleagues who did a valuable job
since years. We wish our striking Spanish colleagues all the success they need to avoid forced dismissals. We request HP to get back to negotiations to achieve fair and social responsible solutions.
If HP EMEA management prepares for strike and tries to go around the possible consequences of the strike by moving work from Spain to other countries we would like to explain why we should support the striking Spanish colleagues and don’t take over tasks from Spain.
In the last years hundreds of jobs were lost through the transition to „Bestshore Spain“. A large part of those, which lost thereby their work, is now no more with HP. And now the remaining staff needs to jump into the breach, in order to let the strike at Spain run in emptiness? And afterwards bestshoring goes on and on… In our judgment this is an unreasonable demand for the affected colleagues!
Above all however: Fortunately the right to strike is a democratic achievement and a human right at all. Therefore no person employed can be forced, also not by management right to transfer strike breaker work and fall thus the Spanish colleagues in the backs! In case of any doubt or conflict please contact your work council.
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