Spanish metalworkers to end strike after reaching pay deal

By Nov 24, 2021

CADIZ, Spain, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Metalworkers unions in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz reached a preliminary pay deal with employers late on Wednesday, ending a nine-day strike involving some 20,000 workers that produced tense confrontations with police.

A spokesperson for the UGT union confirmed a deal had been reached but did not provide details of the accord, which must still be ratified by union delegates at each company.

“I am pleased that companies and metalworkers have reached an agreement,” regional leader Juanma Moreno tweeted.

The strike began on Nov. 16, after unions and the FEMCA association of 700 local metal-working companies failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

Picketing workers cut access to Cadiz’s main industrial zone with bonfires and blockades.

Police and unions say the demonstrations were largely peaceful but occasionally turned violent, with police firing rubber bullets and charging protesters who hurled rocks and set fire to rubbish containers.

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