Dozens of Zara shop assistants protested in Madrid on Thursday outside the global fashion giant’s biggest store to demand higher wages, and some workers in their hometown in northwestern Spain went on strike on the eve of their campaign. Black Friday sales.
Zara owner Inditex agreed last week to pay a one-time bonus of 1,000 euros ($1,041) to all full-time store workers in Spain in February, according to unions seeking better wages for their members in the face of runaway inflation. .
Inditex has also offered to gradually increase monthly wages by around 200 euros by 2024, a proposal accepted by two of Spain’s largest union groups, the UGT and Comisiones Obreras, but rejected by protesters demanding at least double that.
“Inditex is increasing its prices and improving its profits, while employee salaries are falling behind”said Aníbal Maestro, leader of the CGT union, which called the demonstration in Madrid.
The demonstrators carried banners that read “We made you a millionaire, you give us a precarious salary” and “I work for Inditex but I can’t make ends meet”.
“We want a real salary increase… not the 1,000 euro bonus offered as candy”said Master.
In the town of La Coruña, where Zara opened its first store in 1975, Inditex now has 44 stores. Two of them, a Zara store and a Massimo Dutti store, closed on Thursday, with some 1,000 workers preparing for a one-day strike the next day, Black Friday.
The monthly salary of the dependents of the Inditex stores in Madrid and La Coruña is below 1,400 euros, according to the unions.
That compares to around 2,000 euros for a warehouse worker, said Carmina Naveiro, a union leader in La Coruña who has worked at Zara for more than two decades, adding that online ordering has increased the workload for shop assistants. .
“If we don’t get better wages, we will call more protests in December and January,” said.
Inditex employs 165,000 people in 177 countries. Around 86% work in its 6,477 stores.