Almuñécar Town Hall has been ordered to pay out over 1,780,000 euros to a cleaning company that used to hold the municipal town-cleaning contract.
El Mirlo (The Blackbird) and the Town Hall went through battles involving strikes and rubbish piling up in the streets back in 2007. The situation has festered in the courts ever since until finally concluding in favour of the cleaning company; hence the pay out to which should be added interest.
The Town Hall rescinded the municipal contract in 2005 but neglected to settle up with the company, which is where the sum comes from. The Town Hall, however, can still appeal before the Regional High Court (TSJA).
This article is a simplification of a very convoluted judicial affair over the years, including the Town Hall dodging a demand for 13m euros in 2017 after it was thrown out.
But we should cover the origin. In 2005, the cleaning company signed a pay rise for its workers after a series of strikes that would bring them into line with the provincial salary accord. The company held the municipal contract at the time and the Town Hall pledged to help the company cover the costs of this move because when the company signed the deal with the Town Hall such an increase in salaries was not contemplated.
Three years later and more strikes because the company had not made good on the salary increase, El Mirlo and the Town Hall (under Benavides) had still not agreed on how much financial assistance the latter should contribute.
The company demanded three million whilst the Town Hall put it at one thousand, only because they had already paid over 500,000 euros. The result was that the company gave up and ditched the contract because it was not economically viable.
Just in case it is not clear what happened, when the Town Hall and cleaning company signed the original contract, the Town Hall offered a sum that the company accepted because it could make a profit. When they were forced to up salaries, the profit disappeared and they began to lose money.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)