A new agreement signed by olive oil producers and unions in Spain’s Jaén province approves a salary raise for approximately 100,000 workers.
The agreement covers the current harvest and will last for four years. Workers will be given a 3.25 percent wage increase in the 2022/2023 season.
This increase will bring an olive harvester’s salary to €57.40 per day. Operators of harvesting machines’ wages will rise to €59,96, €60.81 for tractor drivers, and €56.19 for the other workers.
The agreement also ensures another salary raise in the next season. That raise will be set for between 1 and 3.5 percent. Wages will grow from 1 to 3.5 percent in the following two years. Consumer price variations will determine the exact percentage.
In a note, the Association of Young Farmers (Asaja) said that the goal of the new agreement goes beyond “regulating working hours and other conditions between employer and employee.” It sets the conditions to “ensure social peace in the countryside and avoid breaches.”
Last November, Madrid approved new measures to protect seasonal workers’ rights and improve employment opportunities in the field.
Those measures reduced the number of workdays needed for agricultural workers to access unemployment support and agrarian income from 20 days to 10 days. The increased support is estimated to allow seasonal workers to collect €460 per month.
A few days ago, the farming association COAG Jaén warned of a possible 140 thousand tons of olive oil for the current season, which would be a historic low for the province.
The new labor arrangement will be effective as soon as it is formally approved by the local authorities and published in Jaén’s Official Gazette.