SOV Cordoba (CNT-AIT) asks for solidarity from the IWA in the conflict we have against the multinational EULEN.
EULEN is a company basically dedicated to the service sector (cleaning, maintenance, social healthcare services, security, etc. ) specializing in subcontracting services to the public administration and to large companies.
It is therefore one of the main spearheads of privatization and outsourcing of public services and the worsening of working conditions, even having its temporary work agency, FLEXIPLAN.
The conflict started in the University of Córdoba where EULEN has a contract for maintenance and gardening services. After several unsatisified demands, a case was started against EULEN and the University of Córdoba for illegal transfer of workers and there was a ruling against the University, forcing it to hire the comrade who filed the lawsuit.
Later, a union branch was established in the contract that EULEN has in the Swedish multinational ABB (Asea Brown Bovery, s.a.) dedicated to manufacturing large transformers. The reason for the conflict is because the collective agreement which is legally appropriate has not been applied; it has been replaced by another with worse pay and work conditions, as well as failure to comply with health and safety standards, a dual wage scale, and use of a special employment center to destroy employment and funnel grants.
This branch has maintained the conflict for more than a year, having won a court decision to implement the agreement that we demanded. But now we are faced with the dismissal of a comrade from the union, without reason.
The company recognized that the dismissal was unfair and paid compensation to the worker but refuses reinstatement, which is what the comrade and the union are demanding. The company hired another worker in his place but still needs workers. The firm denies that they have made this into a confrontation with the union.
There are no legal channels for the reinstatment of our comrade partner so this will only come from direct action and mutual aid, which is why we are asking for your solidarity.
Recently a new union has been fonded in the EULEN contract in the cement works of the Portugues group CIMPOR (COSMOS) in Córdoba. Again there was a conflict cause by the implementation of a collective agreement that did not recently formed a new association in the contract section of the cement EULEN Portuguese group CIMPOR (COSMOS) at Cordoba, here again the cause of conflict is the application of a collective agreement that does not match the lower wages and loss of other rights.
A few years back, EULEN started its international expansion, opening offices in Portugal and much of Latin America with the help of Spanish multinationals such as BBVA and BSCH, Repsol and Telefónica to develop cleaning, maintenance, and other services.
We would like to ask the IWA sections to show their support for us in this conflict by sending faxes and emails to the offices of EULEN nearest to you and to the headquareters in Madrid.
We would like to ask the sections in Portugal and Argentina to consider the possibility to make any type of protest or support action at the office of EULEN in those countries and to send us any information they have about the activity of EULEN in those countries.
Also publicize the forum for EULEN workers and the root fo the conflict:
Sindicato de Oficios Varios de Córdoba – CNT – AIT
Support Text to send by fax and email :
STOP THE EXPLOITATION OF LABOUR IN EULEN.
REINSTATE THE COMRADE DISMISSED IN CORDOBA!
IMPLEMENT THE CONVENTIONS
RECOGNIZE THE UNION BRANCHES OF THE CNT
SOLIDARITY AND MUTUAL AID
AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL