Juan Roig, president of Mercadona, on his arrival at a press conference last April in Paterna; the CIG protesting at the doors of a Mercadona store in La Coruña. (Source: Rober Solsona / Europa Press via Getty Images; Twitter / @ galizaCIG)
For a few weeks now, Mercadona’s image as an idea company to develop yourself professionally has been more exposed than ever. After many cases during the last decade that have remained in episodes that have not achieved much media weight, it has been the Labor Inspection that has highlighted the scandal of the minutes, exposing the false idyll that its employees live.
Everything has been uncovered thanks to a complaint by the CIG (Galician Inter-Union Confederation), which warned of the defenselessness suffered by Mercadona workers in the face of internal pressure and “the politics of fear”, the whip being in the form of “acts of reprimand and of commitment”.
With a banner that reads “no to repression and fear in Mercadona”, members of the CIG have launched protests in different parts of La Coruña on different days.
According to the union itself, in the words of its delegate André Abeledo, this type of mobilization that will continue to be carried out is a “response to the attitude of disrespect for the workers’ own humanity. It cannot be that Mercadona staff come to work with fear and disrespect “. In addition, he adds that what they are asking, “oddly enough in the 21st century,” is only “dignity.”
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Beyond the scandal of the minutes, from the union they denounce that they have detected different types of abuses of power, that the personnel work “with fear and under constant pressure.” All this seriously affects the health of the workers, who do not even dare to speak out for fear of being fired.
The CIG encourages employees not to shut up and to mobilize, highlighting that thanks to this they have achieved, among other things, that the company recognized the work overload that exists and agreed to reinforce the workforce in order to cover vacations and sick leave. .
The fight in La Coruña is not isolated. From different parts of Spain, workers and former workers have contacted Yahoo to warn that all this is a common practice, so we have begun an investigation in which we will progressively make you participate in the coming months.
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