Anarchist union threatens Mowi with legal action over workers contracts in northeastern Spain

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CNT Zaragoza is disputing the use of temporary work contracts. Mowi says it has “acted with complete transparency by informing the workers’ representatives and the entire workforce of their intentions”.

In a post on its site, the Zaragoza arm of CNT (Confederación Nacional del Trabajo) an anarcho-syndicalist labour union that was established in 1910, writes that it is considering taking the salmon giant to court over workers’ contracts at Mowi Iberia in northeastern Spain.

CNT Zaragoza also wants to sue the recruitment agency ETT Synergie who hired the workers for the plant. The union alleges that around 90 per cent of the workers are on temporary work contracts and are demanding more indefinite hiring at the site.

In a statement to SalmonBusiness, Mowi wrote that it was “surprised” that it had received a request for mediation.

“Mowi Iberia SLU started its activity in Zaragoza a year ago with the launch of a fish processing plant. Since then, the company has carried out an investment of more than EUR 3.5 million and has generated more than 75 jobs.

“Over the last three months, the company has effectively financed more than EUR 50,000 in training and invested in machinery and facilities, resulting in the recruitment of more than 30 people. Today, Mowi Iberia maintains its commitment to stable job creation linked to the expected growth and continues with its recruitment plan.

“In this context of active recruitment, in which the company has acted with complete transparency by informing the workers’ representatives and the entire workforce of their intentions, it is very surprising that on February 5th the company received a request for mediation from an employee of the temporary agency.

Mowi Iberia said that it will continue with “its business plan to maintain the jobs created so far and ensure the creation of new employment opportunities”.