Category: Costa de Almeria

AMBULANCES RUN WITHOUT INCIDENT DESPITE 95% STRIKE

The two organizations have now requested the intervention of the Arbitration Service

The one-day transport strike in the Almeria public health service passed without incident despite affecting 360 workers and 95 percent of ambulances. Minimum services continued to be provided covering response to and transport for all emergencies, dialysis and cancer patients.

This was confirmed by the Provincial Delegation of Health and Social Welfare which stated that the agreed services ensured one hundred percent coverage for both emergency and patients on dialysis and scheduled cancer treatments.
The 24-hour strike called by the CCOO and CSIF unions began on Wednesday morning after a “breakdown” in the negotiations between the strike committee and the company ‘Ambulances Quevedo’. The schedule of demonstrations also includes further 24-hour strikes and does not rule out calling an indefinite strike.

The two unions demanded a strike after ‘Ambulances Quevedo’ sacked 25 workers and changed “substantially” working conditions for the other 33 employees who have seen their contracts changed from full to part-time.

They have warned that these measures will impact on citizen services, particularly at the emergency health centers of Albanchez, Chirivel, Oria, María, Vélez Blanco, Abla, Canjáyar, Campohermoso (Nijar), Cabo de Gata, Sorbas and Tabernas from where ambulances are stationed and dispatched.

Although earlier demonstrations were planned on 21 and 23 August, the workers decided to suspend their actions after the strike committee and the company agree on a timetable for negotiations. In line with this, the two organizations have now requested the intervention of the Arbitration Service (SAS) in the resolution of the conflict, as they are unable to reach any agreement themselves.

GOVERNMENT SEEK TO PUT ALMANZORA MOTORWAY ON HOLD

Work on the road network was suspended in Nov 2011

An amendment tabled in the Andalusian Parliament by the United Left of Andalusia, one of the parties that form the regional government, sought the “suspension” of all contracts’ involved in the execution and operation “of the Almanzora motorway until 2016. However, the petition was published in the Official Gazette of the Andalusian Parliament on August 29, and according to the regional PP, it was “removed” last week due to strong “political and business pressures.

In IU’s amendment, required the suspension of contracts awarded by the model of public-private financing, through which it was planned to build stretches of the Almanzora motorway, many phases of which are either already in service or under construction.

The bill would also have affected a number of other projects like the highway Iznalloz-Darro.

The main argument for the decision, the United Left explains at the beginning of the amendment is “the public interest”. They state that all government obligations and contracts relating to this project are suspended with a possibility that they ‘could’ be renewed by the Governing Council of the Junta de Andalucía following further studies after January 1, 2016
When the bill was made public it aroused the indignation of many Almanzora leaders and politicians who immediately expressed their outrage.

Many of the regions’s mayors met to discuss the situation just last week at the headquarters of the Association of Municipalities of Almanzora, one notable absentee being the socialist Juan Antonio Lorenzo, Mayor of Seron

However it was announced by Party sources that the amendment, submitted by the United Left, “was withdrawn” due to pressure received from “business and political leaders.” The debate continued in a mood of celebration.

It was said that in the coming days, there would be a number of protests and appeals to all social and business groups in the valley to ensure that the works, suspended for very nearly 12 months, are finally completed as a matter of some haste.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

National Police have made an arrest in Níjar of a 39 year old man, identified as AD, who is accused of stabbing another man during a fight in the vicinity of a farmhouse on the Costacabana road, close to the University of Almería. The incident happened at 3.30 am on Sunday morning during an argument involving four people.

A witness alerted the 112 Emergency Services which in turn called the National Police. The rapid intervention of a patrol avoided what could have become a tragedy.

The victim had several deep cuts on his arms, inflicted by a “machete.” Suffering from major blood the ambulance took him to Torrecárdenas Hospital where he underwent an emergency operation.

Meanwhile, the police arrested the alleged assailant, a resident of Níjar who, on checking, was found to have a history of crimes against property and threats. He was subsequently charged with attempted murder by the Homicide Task Force in Almería which has taken charge of the investigations and currently remains in police cells, in the capital, waiting for a court appearance.

The weapon allegedly used in the assault was recovered by the police.

MOJACAR BEACH CLEAN UP

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ARCHITECTS CHOSEN FOR LATEST ROUND OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Currently at the design stage, 31 companies and professionals had presented their tenders to act as project architects.

The thirteenth round of development of affordable housing, to be built on behalf of the Municipal Housing Company, will consist of 27 homes, shops and garages, and is to be built on a plot of land just off the motorway and airport facilities, adjacent to Carrefour.

Currently at the design stage, 31 companies and professionals had presented their tenders to act as project architects. Last week it was confirmed that the company of Jesus Salas Torres Architecture Studio had been selected.

Almería’s CEO, Paul Venzal, said the next step is for the architect to submit his final drawings which will then be put before the Executive committee of the Municipal Housing Company for their final approval.
Once that step has been achieved the project will be entered for provisional license and qualification as a prelude to the bidding of the work.

Venzal said that a large number of companies and professionals have already indicated that they will be seeking to carry out the building work.

Meanwhile the mayor, Luis Rogelio Rodríguez Comendador, said that he continues to be committed to the continued increase in the supply of subsidized housing in Almeria and that he will continue to endeavour that any homes provided will be in the best of conditions.

This new development will be built on municipally owned land that has an area of 626 square meters and a building area of 3,085 m2. If the municipal forecast for this development is correct construction should get underway in early 2013.

To date the city of Almeria, through the municipal housing company, has completed nine developments in different areas of the city, which involved the construction of 713 homes, all of which are now in the hands of their respective tenants, who were all selected by lot.

But the most ambitious project undertaken by the company since its incorporation is still under development, the second phase of residential properties “La Solana” in Costacabana where 132 homes will be added to the 137 already completed.

For the popular mayor, recent developments show a firm commitment to the government team’s efforts to their social policy, in this case to housing.

With over 1,000 homes built or under construction, the Municipal Housing Company, is becoming one of the main promoters of social housing in the province, a position that has allowed many families in Almeria access to quality housing at affordable prices.

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