ESA 2021 Conference logo launched!

The official logo of the Barcelona conference celebrates the history of workers' rights.

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About the ESA 2021 conference logo

The Canadenca strike (Barcelona, 1919) originated at the main electrical company in Barcelona, “Riegos y Fuerzas del Ebro”, popularly known as La Canadenca, since its capital came from Canada. The strike soon spread to other companies in the sector via the CNT’s union for water, gas and electricity workers. The bonds of solidarity led to the victory of workers.

After two days of negotiations, an agreement was signed to free the majority of prisoners, readmit all the workers on strike with no reprisals, increase wages and cut working hours to eight a day (Decreto de la jornada de ocho horas de trabajo).

All demands were met and extended not only to workers in the water, gas and electrical sectors, but also to the rest of the sectors in the state. Barcelona became a pioneer city in having an eight-hour working day.