Staff Reporter
THE Workers Commission (CCOO) in the Balearics disassociated itself yesterday from a preliminary agreement reached on the provision of coach services and warned that it has put the matter into the hands of its legal advisors for assessment of some points which “could touch on illegality”.

The Commission's central offices were clear in stating that “no member of the Union management has been present either at the signing or in the drawing up of this preliminary agreement”.

Similarly, it announced that their legal advisors are studying some issues raised in the document that could be “touching on the illegal”. An example of such controversy is the maintenance of seniority privileges and personal allowances for those workers who currently enjoy fixed contracts, but these benefits would not be granted for those who secure employment on or after the date of the final signing of the agreement.

CCOO pointed out that a recent Supreme court hearing threw out a similar agreement.
Other points, which in the view of CCOO, are of doubtful legality, are those which make reference to the obligation to undertake work shifts of 12 hours at a stretch, and the criteria for new employees to qualify for a fixed contract. The preliminary agreement stipulates that a minimum of 6 months initial employment is required before making application to secure a fixed contract.

Whilst awaiting legal services' professional judgement on the agreement, the Workers' Commission affirmed that it prefers to be “cautious” in its comments, but it ventured that it will submit the contents of the document for analysis by the Workers Assembly.

Separately, the Commission pointed out that in the context of relations between syndicates and the management organisations, it is “not simply a question of trust being desirable, but rather that it is absolutely essential”. It reproached the transport organisation for having reverted to industrial relations of “yesteryear”.

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