Cleaners protest contract changes in Malaga

Cleaners protest contract changes

MALAGA’S Limasa workers have said they feel “cheated” by proposals to change their contracts.

The municipal cleaners have the backing of party PSOE who want to “discuss in the light of day” a recent decision to partly privatise their work. Daniel Perez, a party spokesman, said, “it is the most damaging decision for the city and the PSOE is totally against Limasa being divided.” Malaga’s Mayor, Francisco de la Torre, says there are “no reasons” for the workers to take industrial action, however.

Last week politicians finally reached an agreement over the future of Malaga’s cleaning services. Francisco de la Torre, announced the political hot potato will be resolved by privatising street cleaning while allowing waste collection services to remain publicly run.
De la Torre had faced criticism from his own party, the Partido Popular (PP), as well as from opposing Ciudadanos over his plans to bring cleaning company Limasa under municipal control. Fellow PP politicians had instead wanted the company to be privatised, leading to a mixed management model in place from April whereby the company had been 51 per cent privately owned.

Giving way to his own party, the mayor will now allow street cleaning to be put out to tender.

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