Not all tech workers are well paid. And they have called a strike to denounce it

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Not all professionals in the technology sector enjoy good working conditions. In fact, the unions General Union of Workers (UGT) and Workers’ Commissions (CCOO) assure that there is growing precariousness in certain profiles due to progressively lower salaries and growing precariousness. For this reason, they have called a partial strike with stoppages of two hours next Thursday, June 23, as reported through their website.

“During these years I have seen how companies have gone from hiring a newly qualified person for 24,000 euros to doing so for 14,000 euros gross per year. And I have seen how this precariousness means that there are fewer people trained to work in the sector than are needed, ”says Raúl de la Torre, head of the ICT sector at CCOO Services, in a Change.org petition to stop the precariousness in technological jobs associated with this strike and which already has 6,500 signatures.

below the minimum wage. The unions assure that there are currently at least ten ICT professional categories whose salary by agreement is below the minimum interprofessional salary, that is, less than a thousand euros per month, something that they consider “unaffordable in a highly qualified sector and in which companies make great profits”.

This strike is a new episode in the dispute between the unions and the Spanish Association of Consulting Companies (AEC), which brings together the main companies specialized in digital and technological consulting in our country, on account of the lack of agreement to approve a new collective agreement. The current one expired in 2019 and is extended.

Previously, both UGT and CCOO had already denounced other proposals from these companies such as the extend the legal maximum working day to 12 hours or to eliminate triennials. “They want full dedication, that the schedule is the one set by the client for the service and that your life revolves around the increasingly suffocating project delivery deadlines,” they point out.

downward spiral. The trade union centrals explain that the sector is currently subject to a spiral of downward prices, in which the different consultants bid for clients with increasingly reduced rates, something that they later transfer to insufficient salaries for the workers to keep your benefits intact.

A few months ago, several sources from the technology sector explained to Xataka that the downward spiral of prices in Spain, driven above all by large consulting firms, was pushing many SMEs to the limit, since they did not have the capacity to offer such low rates . One of those companies, Karumi, decided to close due to the impossibility of competing and the refusal to reduce the salary of its employees.

Another consequence is the flight of talent. More ICT professionals are needed throughout the world, which is why many Spanish professionals, fed up with the precarious conditions denounced by the unions, decide to try their luck abroad. Now, in addition, thanks to teleworking they can do it without leaving home.

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Not all professionals in the technology sector enjoy good working conditions. In fact, the unions General Union of Workers (UGT)…

Not all professionals in the technology sector enjoy good working conditions. In fact, the unions General Union of Workers (UGT)…

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