This is the first offer to come out of the mediated negotiations, after several prior meetings between the security staff and Eulen failed. The company’s latest offer included an average wage increase of 7.7% but negotiations with the regional government increased the raise to 11.5%. The workers will discuss the offer this Thursday.
The proposal includes adding a fifth employee to each security line
“While it’s not the most fair option, we believe the proposal is reasonable and can be discussed,” said Josep Ginesta, the general secretary of the regional labor department. While the Eulen works committee had originally called for a monthly salary increase of €350 a month for the lowest paid employees, the new offer sets that amount at €155.
In addition to pay, the offer also addresses the demands regarding improvements in the organization of work at the security checkpoint and an increase in staff. The proposal includes adding a fifth employee to each security line to allow the two employees watching the scanner and the two working with the passengers to provide better service. With 17 lines running in three shifts a day, 50 additional employees would need to be hired. In addition, the proposal included adding a pool of 25 relief workers to cover any absences or breaks.
While the negotiations were taking place, lines at El Prat to get through security were taking an hour to clear, despite there being no planned strikes for the day. Lines were also forming at airline counters as concerned passengers arrived early to the airport.
English version by Debora Almeida.