The store workers Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) in Barcelona they have summoned several strikes partials to claim a salary bonus for Languages. The employees of the department Customer Support of the Swedish multinational ensure that they carry out most of their work activity in Englishso they would have to receive a bonus in their salaries.
The unions and dependents, who have been claiming this bonus for some time, add to the objectives of the break the fact of trying to get it back acquisitive power lost in recent years due to the pandemic. It should be remembered that H&M was one of the first companies in the textile sector in announcing a ERE, in 2021.
Almost 1,700 euros per year
The strike, with a follow-up of the 90% of the staff, has the participation of 194 workerswho take turns carrying out stoppages of activity between 10.30 and the 12:30 p.m. or of 18.00 a 8:00 p.m..
Since the unionswhich warn that there will be future actions in case of not advancing in the talksit is argued that the plus for languages should be about 135 euros per month, approximately 1,700 euros per year. This bonus is not only due to the vehicular use of English, since employees must also deal in French, purposes either Cypriot with customers, which they consider a service added.
Effects of the pandemic
This break is not first organized by the H&M staff. In 2021, the company already announced a ERE as a consequence of the effects of pandemic about your sales. The lockdown and the limitations of capacityin addition to the increase in online salesentenced to 232 workers in Catalonia and others 1,066 in the rest of Spain, after several protests managed to reduce the number of layoffs a 349.
Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) got a benefit net from 217 million of crowns (some 21 million euros) between December 2021 and February of this year. It should be noted that, in the same period last year, the multinational suffered losses from 1.07 billion of crowns (103 million of euros). Likewise, the sales of the Swedish firm rose by 22.3% Over the previous year; thanks, in part, to increase of the 38% of demand in stores physical.