León reaches May 1 with a fickle work situation that invites us to demand International Workers’ Day

León reaches May 1 with a fickle work situation that invites us to demand International Workers’ Day
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Bankruptcy of creditors and dismissal of all the workers of the Nordcasting foundry in La Robla, a hundred. Bankruptcy, dismissal of its 30 employees and closure of the Leonese meat company Valles del Esla in Sabero. Temporary employment regulation file at the Roldán steel mill in Ponferrada for its two hundred employees. Recent strikes in the Estrada Center, Alsa, private banking, private security, workforce of City Councils such as Villaquilambre, Sahagún and Astorga… Weeks of protests by farmers and ranchers. Fifteen deaths last year in work accidents. León arrives at May 1, Labor Day, with little to celebrate and rather to claim in terms of work in the midst of the economic expansion cycle.

The majority unions CCOO and UGT have once again called for social mobilizations this International Workers’ Day in León and Ponferrada under the motto ‘For full employment’, in a province with a complicated economic outlook. That is why they encourage the people of León to take to the streets to denounce “the lack of political intention for León to move forward”, with the expansion of the Villadangos del Páramo industrial estate well underway but the Torneros logistics platform institutionally blocked.

According to data from the latest Active Population Survey (EPA) from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), León has the lowest activity rate in Spain, although it had already been among the top positions at the bottom of the ranking since the crisis of the 2008 mainly due to two circumstances: population loss and aging. The fewer people of working age there are, the fewer jobs there are. The less job opportunities there are, the more young people leave the province. The whiting that eternally bites its tail and for which no solution has been sought after the closure of the sector on which the province’s economy was sustained in recent decades, coal mining.

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However, in year-on-year terms, León has experienced a notable decrease in the number of unemployed people, which is reflected in a drop of 24.09%, going from 22,000 to 16,700 unemployed registered in this first quarter of 2024 in twelve months. The reduction It is also notable compared to the previous one (the last one in 2023), which finally closed with 19,400, which is 13.9% less, also according to data from the latest EPA. But part of this reduction comes from the loss of the active population, which in one year has gone from 199,500 people able to work to 186,200 in this first quarter of the year.

This entire situation has led to a different position between the main class unions of León, UGT and CCOO, which have had differences of approach for months with separate actions on various issues and with a position on social Leonism that is currently very different from each other. .

The two representative unions will go out together to demand labor improvements this May Day, especially for “women, young people and the LGTBI community” but then there will be differences. UGT has decided this year that it will not hold a party after the march while CCOO will celebrate it on the Paseo del Ferrocarril.

In León, the march will leave at 12:00 p.m. from the union headquarters, on Gran Vía de San Marcos, and will continue to Plaza de Botines. In Ponferrada, the departure will be a little earlier, at 11:00 a.m., also from the union headquarters which is on Valdés Avenue, marching to Plaza Fernando Miranda and reading a manifesto.

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