28 Jun, 2023 @ 21:00
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Unions call off H&M strikes across Spain after Swedish company makes preliminary offer to improve conditions

H&M stores closed in Spain due to a strike

MAJOR strike action in Spain by employees of clothing retailer H&M has come to an end after the Swedish company made a preliminary offer to its staff that meets some of their demands. 

The industrial action had such an effect that on June 22 and June 26 all-day stoppages actually saw the shutters come down on most of the stores across the country. 

According to the CCOO union, there are 125 H&M stores across Spain, with a total of 4,000 employees. 

Unions have been demanding an improvement in working conditions, more staff, cover for people on leave and salary increases in order to cope with the cost-of-living crisis. 

After a meeting between the company and workers on Tuesday, H&M made public the offer it has made on Wednesday.

It includes a sales-based incentive for employees as well as a commitment to boost staffing levels. 

The H&M employees were planning on striking again on the upcoming next two Saturdays, but in principle those stoppages have been called off thanks to the preliminary agreement according to a report in Spanish daily El Pais

The timing of the industrial action was key, given that Spanish stores are currently holding their summer sales. 

Staff at stores belonging to Spanish retail giant Inditex – which includes Zara and Bershka, among others – were also successful in achieving improvements from their employers last winter, after they also threatened strike action.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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