Work inspection of the Generalitat has issued seven reports against the chemical company IQOXE de la Canonja (Tarragonès) for serious infringements. The resolutions have their origin in complaints filed by CCOO due to different aspects such as the violation of the right to strike, deficiencies in the Self-Protection Plan, lack of security measures for workers, not adopting sufficient protection against covid-19 or deficiencies in the programs training to the employees, among others.
All have been put on after the explosion that occurred in the company on January 19, 2020 and that caused three dead. The Labor Inspection subsequently transfers the reports to the Department of Labor, which has already sanctioned some cases with the stipulated maximum of 6.000 euros.
Regarding the complaint by violation of the right to strike, the secretary general of CCOO Industria in Tarragona, Jose martin, has explained to the ACN agency that the Labor Inspectorate has resolved that IQOXE put some “abusive” minimal services. “The company argued that it could not stop a compressor because it could break down, but it was a excuse because during the ERTE they started it up and stopped it up to eight times normally, “he explained.
Thus, in the strike called by the workers on March 30, IQOXE “continued to produce ethylene oxide and supplied steam to other companies” of the petrochemical polygon. However, Martín has pointed out that the union has already prepared a legal claim against the company, in which they will attach the Labor Inspection report.
Thus, since the sinister of January of last year, CCOO has filed up to thirteen complaints against the company before the Labor Inspectorate. Of this, seven have been resolved as serious offenses, in others “recommendations” have been set for the company and there are still some pending resolution.
One of those classified as “serious”, CCOO put it a few days after the accident, when “the company restarted its activity to clear the area affected by the explosion without taking preventive measures” for the safety of workers. Another complaint was made by the union because certain workers “they had to have training in fire fighting and emergencies” and the company had not provided it, Martin has specified.
Once the Labor Inspection issues the report, it is transferred to the Department of Labor of the Generalitat, which is the one who ends up imposing the sanction. For serious infractions, the maximum contemplated by the regulations is 6,000 euros. “It’s a ridiculous amount”, Martin ends.