Zara shopworkers call off strikes in company’s hometown after 25% pay rise – union

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MADRID, Dec 23 (Reuters)A union representing shop assistants at fashion retailer Zara has called off planned strikes in the company’s hometown in northern Spain following an agreement on a 25% pay rise, a union leader said on Friday.

Around 1,000 workers at Zara shops and other Inditex ITX.MC fashion brands had announced they would strike on Dec. 23 and Jan. 7 to demand higher wage increases after rejecting the company’s previous offer.

They had already gone on strike during the ‘Black Friday’ sales rush on Nov. 24-25.

Inditex has now agreed to pay 322 euros ($341) more per month to shop assistants who work at its 44 stores in A Coruña, where the fashion giant has its headquarters on the city’s outskirts, CIG union leader and Zara retail assistant Carmiña Naveiro said on Friday. Workers will also get a one-off bonus of 1,000 euros to be paid in February.

“Our salaries as shop assistants will go up by 25% from January in A Coruña,” Naveiro said.

The deal also includes future pay increases of 20 euros in November 2023 and 40 euros in 2024, she added.

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Zara shop assistants’ monthly salaries currently range between 1,058 euros and 1,400 euros in the city, the union leader said.

Inditex did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

CIG had pushed for a bigger pay rise after rejecting a hike of 200 euros in monthly salaries by 2024.

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(Reporting by Corina Pons; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Mark Potter)

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