UGT of Catalonia celebrates this Monday its congress of the federation of services and commerce, a face-to-face assembly that will bring together 300 union delegates to choose the address of this branch of the central. The conclave will take place at the Fira de Congresos de Barcelona (in Montjüic), a space with capacity for 1,500 attendees and in which, according to the union’s leadership, the necessary safety and hygiene measures will be enabled. The Procicat has been informed of the event, for which administrative authorization is not necessary, as it is an act of a labor nature; as reported by sources from Civil Protection.
UGT throughout Spain is in a process of renewal of positions, which due to the pandemic is delayed. Two months ago the entire top of the national secretariat of the central should have passed by vote. Sources of the address headed by Camil Ros explain that the statutes of the central do not contemplate the option of voting for the renewal of representative positions by remote or telematic channels. And that those same statutes do not allow them to delay the renewal of said positions any longer.
Sources consulted from Civil Protection explain that from the UGT leadership they were asked if there was legally any impediment to holding the congress and that the Generalitat affirmed that there is not. They qualify it as an activity of a labor nature, which does not require, with the current regulations, explicit permission to be held. A situation similar to that which occurred in the Barcelona Football Club, when the Generalitat ruled that it saw no impediment to voting for the vote of no-confidence against the former president Josep Maria Bartomeu; provided that a minimum of sanitary measures were complied with.
From the direction of UGT de Catalunya they affirm that the safety distance will be maintained during the conclave (300 delegates are summoned in a space with capacity for 1,600 people) and that hydroalcoholic gel points and temperature measurement will be installed at the entrances. They also insist that another congress was held in Tarragona on September 29, on that occasion to renew the management positions of the industry federation, and that no contagion was recorded then. The central has two more congresses ahead to hold to finish renewing its middle managers and it will be then, at the union’s next national congress, when it will propose to introduce the telematic voting tool for possible future occasions.