Agreement to “safeguard” collective labor agreements in the basque country
On January 17, 2017, employer’s association CONFEBASK and the four most representative trade unions in the Basque Country (ELA, LAB, CC.OO. and UGT) closed the door on over 18 years of differences over collective bargaining by signing a cross-professional agreement in relation to the structure of collective bargaining in the Basque Country, known more informally as the “safeguard” for Basque collective labor agreements.
The stated goal of this agreement is to create a protective barrier for the bargaining units that are created now or in the future, within the Basque Country to protect from a potential “invasion” by countrywide collective labor agreements.
To achieve this, based on the power given by article 83.2 of the Workers’ Statute to the most representative employee representative organizations within autonomous communities, the Agreement determines that the territorial and cross-territorial agreements signed in the Basque Country will apply with priority over any other existing countrywide agreements or that may be signed in the future.
That priority for application will affect (or benefit, rather) any existing agreements meaning both those in force, or those that have been extended in the absence of a replacement, in addition to any others that may be signed in the future.
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