The staff of Calar Alto announces a week of strike.

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Workers in the German-Spanish Astronomical Center (CAHA) Calar Alto, en Gérgal (Almería), have announced that keep the call for strike 27 March to 2 April after you have completed the meeting without an agreement to negotiate a new collective agreement held Monday at the service of extrajudicial settlement of labor disputes in Andalusia (Sercla).

The template has advanced, also, a calendar of expected concentrations mobilizations on 31 in the headquarters of the Center for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid, day 1 April at the headquarters of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, in Granada, and 2 April at the headquarters of own observatory, Jesus located in Durban Street Almería.

In negotiating with the SERCLA, Calar Alto workers have asked the CSIC and the Max Plank societies (MGP) the viability of the observatory for the coming years is guaranteed beyond the current addendum laying maintains a commitment to Spanish-German management 2018 and recover basis accounts 2012 for, thereby, applying on them a cut of 25 percent in wages to 60 percent proposed by the employer.

The observatory has for this year with a budget of 1,6 million corrected to the 2,2 million due to remaining. However, from 2015 an estimate of expected 1,6 million euros with which the workers consider “inoperative” astronomical center operation.

In a statement, which move be “aware of the difficult economic situation in the country”, workers emphasize that proposed cut in the annual budget of the Observatory of the order of 25 percent would be a “considerable effort” would require changes in the mode of operation of the entity.

Defend, however, based on technical scientific reports “support the viability” of the proposed budget framework, allowing “safeguard scientific productivity and position at the forefront of research Calar Alto has held since its founding”.

“However, CSIC and the Max Planck Society insist on imposing a budget frame with a cutout 60 percent, lethal to the entity and condemn the Centre to become an irrelevant institution in no time”, lament.

Workers report that they have been “also rejected” MPG by CSIC and other claims as a request that the next manager, the director, Calar Alto without the express approval of the reference center of the CSIC for Calar Alto, the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia; layoffs can proceed agreed not while negotiations continue, which change “radically” information policy CSIC on Calar Alto, by calling it “intoxicadora”.

In the same statement, Calar Alto staff are asked “understanding” and apologizes researchers affected by the loss of observing time, belonging to the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (Germany), German Space Agency (DLR) The Andalusian Foundation and Dissemination of Innovation and Knowledge (See Foundation).