In an act held on January 16 at the headquarters of the SIMA Foundation in Madrid, the signing of the I Collective Agreement of Veterinary Centers and Services has taken place, fruit of a year and a half of negotiation between the employer of the sector (the Spanish Veterinary Business Confederation, CEVE) and the major unions CCOO and UGT.

Nationally, for a sector that lacked an agreement in much of the country, it affects all types of veterinary services, including those provided in veterinary health centers, in other types of centers or on an outpatient basis, and both those dedicated to pets such as work and production, as well as other veterinary activities such as bromatology laboratories.

It encompasses both private activity and that carried out in foundations; public institutions, such as universities, or non-profit entities, such as veterinary services provided in animal protection associations.

It is remarkable, among other aspects, the inclusion of a professional classification system, which establishes the minimum salary perceptions and regulating the workday in a type of activity in which both aspects are critical. In addition, it actively encourages worker training and establishes, for some of the professional categories, a route for the development of a professional career.

The signing of the Agreement means having an agreed and homogeneous legal labor relations framework and a powerful instrument to fight against unfair competition. All signatories agree that this is a fundamental milestone to normalize the labor relations of a sector that evidently accused the absence of a regulatory framework.

An important aspect, which is also highlighted both by the representation of the workers and the business side, is that this agreement recognizes the health status of both the profession and the veterinary activity, and both parties agree on the convenience that veterinary activities are dependent on the health administration.

With the signing of this agreement, it will be registered for publication in the BOE, although it has effect from January 1, 2020, its application being mandatory. In this respect, the workers can go to the signatory unions and the companies to their employers to obtain advice about the implementation of this new agreement.

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