Strikes Set to Continue Throughout National Theaters in Madrid This November

By Nicolas Quiroga

Solidaridad Obrera called a meeting on Nov. 10 between the INAEM and the Secretary of State for Public Function in Spain with the hopes of avoiding further strikes throughout November.

Per an official press statement, the meeting will focus on the problems presented by the 2018 OEP, which changes the qualification requirements for access to technical jobs in National Theaters. There will also be a discussion over the problems that the new professional classification system of the IV Convention for AGE personnel has generated in museums.

“It is evident that the classification system has gaps and when it was drafted, all the trades it regulates were not taken into account and that is causing many problems,” said a union official.

“We do not want to go on strike, we are aware that this situation harms our public, who are affected by the resistance of the Public Function to sit down to negotiate, but they do not leave us any other option. We consider it vitally important to find a solution to all the problems that are generating the implementation of the IV Unique Agreement for AGE personnel.

The next strikes are scheduled for Nov. 12, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by a demonstration in front of the María Guerrero Theater. There will also be another strike on Nov. 19  followed by more on Nov. 21 and 22. Among the affected theaters will be the Teatro de La Comedia and the Teatro de Zarzuela.