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Cultural mediation and customer service workers at the Reina Sofía Museum begin an indefinite strike | Culture

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The cultural mediation and customer service workers at the Reina Sofía Museum will begin an indefinite strike this Wednesday, February 28, after failing to reach an agreement with the company and the art gallery in a conciliation, as confirmed to Europa Press by an employee spokesperson. This Tuesday a conciliation was held called by the Regional Institute of Mediation and Arbitration (IRMA), which had summoned the Strike Committee, the Sedena company and the Reina Sofía Museum. However, as no agreement has been reached, the planned strike will continue.

The Solidarity and Unity of Workers union (SUT) and the SUT Union Section in Sedena (awarded both the cultural mediation service and the public service service of the Reina Sofía Museum) last week called an indefinite strike starting next Wednesday, February 28. As the union explained, the public service staff, made up of a team of 25 workers, had decided to support the strike to demand the maintenance of the cultural mediation service, made up of another 19 workers.

At the beginning of last week it was known that the company Sedena (subcontractor of the cultural mediation service) and the museum “rectified their initial decision” to make a collective dismissal of the staff, informing those affected that their contracts would be suspended (ERTE). . However, the workers understand that the “remedy has been worse than the disease.” “In a sector in which many workers have to make their employed work compatible with jobs as ‘false self-employed’ or with self-employed activities, the consequence is that this type of situation is incompatible with the provision of ERTE,” they have criticized. , remembering that with this measure the majority of those affected “are literally left without any type of benefit.”

Last Tuesday, the director of the museum, Manuel Segade, announced that during the years of his mandate he intends to end the outsourced services of the art gallery, as a result of the controversy that arose from the announcement of layoffs of workers in the company that provides services in the cultural mediation part. “This should not be outsourced and should be part of what is central to the museum and this is what I will try to defend during the years I am here. I hope that little by little the mediators and the rest of the services that are outsourced become part of the real structure and in the future we will achieve it, or so I hope,” explained Segade after the presentation of the retrospective exhibition by Antoni Tàpies.

Last Friday it was known that the Reina Sofía will be without part of the cultural mediation of the art gallery for months due to an error in the bidding document for the companies that subcontract this service, as confirmed to Europa Press by a spokesperson for the museum. . Cultural mediation performs different tasks and participates in different projects designed by the museum’s Education Area, including commented visits to the permanent collection, tours with school groups, programs for seniors or accessibility programs. The publication of the bidding competition had recently been published, but the “error” in the specifications has meant that we have to wait for the publication of a new one. This in turn led the service subcontractor company, Sedena SL, to communicate the start of a consultation period for the dismissal of up to 19 workers who carried out cultural mediation in the museum.

However, Segade announced the agreement reached with the subcontractor company so that it would not carry out an ERE, but rather an ERTE. In this way, he understood that at the time in which the new specifications are launched – “hopefully it will not be more than six months,” he pointed out -, the subcontractor workers will receive a not full salary “until the next tender can be awarded.” . “The new tender does not have to be won by the same company, but I have to value their willingness to decide to do an ERTE because they would not have to,” admitted Segade.

“The only real solution”

However, the union understands that “the only real solution” is the maintenance of the Cultural Mediation service, a measure that has been demanded by the Union Section of Solidarity and Unity of Workers (SUT) from the museum through formal registration. They also consider that waiting six months for a new award is “a completely disproportionate and even inexplicable time.” Furthermore, they remember that “at no time has it been guaranteed” that the squad will return in the same conditions. “What’s more, from the Education Area they reported that the budget will not be enough to keep all the workers in that future schedule that they promise,” they reiterated.

In his opinion, a solution for “an exceptional and urgent situation” would be to guarantee the continuity of the service and jobs through an article of the Public Sector Contracts Law (LCSP) that allows the original contract to be extended “when there are reasons of public interest so as not to interrupt the provision.”

After criticism of the museum, the art gallery directed by Manuel Segade recalled the “impossibility of maintaining direct communication” with Sedena workers, since according to the Public Sector Contract Law they are not museum workers, but rather workers from an external company. . “The museum’s communication, as established in the specifications that govern the tender, must be carried out with the company and with the coordinator appointed by it and in no case with the union,” reiterated the museum, which has nevertheless highlighted its “effort” to solve the problem. “Negotiation has been promoted at all times to ensure that mediation workers are not lost, striving to make the use of the figure of an ERTE possible,” a measure that has also been criticized by workers.

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