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THE wage agreement in the coach and long-distance bus sector in the Balearics was signed at 5pm yesterday after seven months of tough negotiations.
The new agreement has the full backing of the two major unions, the General Workers Union (UGT) and the Workers Commissions (CC.OO), who represent 82 percent of the workers. The Independent Coach Drivers Union did not sign.

Spokesmen for the UGT and CC.OO said that they were “moderately satisfied” with the agreement which, while it did not meet all their expectations, did provide “some improvements” and was an improvement on the pre-agreement signed in April by the Independent Union, which was rejected by most of the workers in the sector. “The most positive part of the agreement was that we did not have to take industrial action,” the spokesmen said.
It was the first time in 12 years that the two major unions had both signed a wage agreement in the coach sector.
It will cover a period of three years, with a pay rise of the Consumer Price Index plus one percentage point every year, and for the first time, sets a working day of seven and a half hours, calculated on a daily basis (up to now it had been calculated on a weekly basis).

Overtime is no longer obligatory and the years of service of all workers has been recognised.

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