Monday, August 2

CaixaBank reduces its layoffs to 6,750 and continues to negotiate with unions


CaixaBank reduces its layoffs to 6,750 and continues to negotiate with the unions.

CaixaBank reduces its layoffs to 6,750 and continues to negotiate with the unions.

The negotiation for the employment regulation file (also) from CaixaBank enters its final phase. The entity’s management has lowered the layoffs to 6,750 to try to reach an agreement with the unions, 200 less than in the last offer. Despite the movement, the negotiations are not closed and continue during this Tuesday. While at the doors of the offices and branches of the banking group the second day of strike since the talks began for the ere, whose monitoring the centrals encrypt around 90%. The bank’s management prefers not to quantify the incidence or enter into “number wars,” according to bank sources.

The objective of the centrals is to lower the latest number of dismissals further. Right now the parts are in 6.750 layoffs; 200 less than at the beginning of the day and 1,541 less compared to the 8,291 dismissals in which the negotiation began a month and a half ago. CaixaBank’s ere is set to close as the second largest in the history of Spain and the largest in the Spanish banking sector. Unions are also pushing for exits to be voluntary, renouncing the company to exceed the quota of dismissals in those provinces where not enough people sign up to leave. According to union sources, the company is studying how to continue reducing casualties – the unions have slipped an acceptable figure around 6,300 – although at the moment there has been no definitive progress on this issue.

Management and representatives have been meeting since 12 noon in what will be, if the company does not decide to extend the talks again, the last meeting to close the file. On June 7 there was already a three-week extension of a negotiation that began on April 13. And, in parallel to that negotiation, multiple protests by workers across the country take place.

The negotiation for the employment regulation file (also) of CaixaBank enters its final phase. The entity’s management has lowered the layoffs to 6,750 to try to reach an agreement with the unions, 200 less than in the last offer. Despite the movement, the negotiations are not closed and continue during this Tuesday. While at the doors of the offices and branches of the banking group the second day of strike since the conversations began for the ere, whose monitoring the centrals encrypt around 90%. The bank’s management prefers not to quantify the incidence or enter into “number wars,” according to bank sources.

The objective of the centrals is to lower the latest number of dismissals further. Right now the parts are in 6,750 layoffs; 200 less than at the beginning of the day and 1,541 less compared to the 8,291 dismissals in which the negotiation began a month and a half ago. CaixaBank’s ere is set to close as the second largest in the history of Spain and the largest in the Spanish banking sector. Unions are also pushing for exits to be voluntary, renouncing the company to exceed the quota of dismissals in those provinces where not enough people sign up to leave. According to union sources, the company is studying how to continue reducing casualties – the unions have slipped an acceptable figure around 6,300 – although at the moment there has been no definitive progress on this issue.

Management and representatives have been meeting since 12 noon in what will be, if the company does not decide to extend the talks again, the last meeting to close the file. On June 7 there was already a three-week extension of a negotiation that began on April 13. And, in parallel to that negotiation, multiple protests by workers across the country take place.

The CaixaBank unions have called a new day of strike to try to put pressure on the last day of negotiation of the ere, with 90% of offices closed and a drop in activity of 95%, according to the unions. The entity’s workers are holding rallies in various Spanish cities, with thousands of workers, to reject the file. One of the busiest is the one taking place in front of the headquarters of CaixaBank in Barcelona, ​​on Avenida Diagonal. There are also concentrations in other cities such as Madrid, A Coruña, Granada, Seville, Valencia or Zaragoza.

From the age of 52

CaixaBank management presented a new proposal on Monday at the negotiating table with the unions that improves compensation for workers that will leave the entity with the ere and lower until from 52 years the age to qualify for early retirement.

After a marathon meeting that began in the morning and ended around 12 at night, the unions yesterday rejected the bank’s latest proposal, since despite the fact that the entity has lowered the initial departures, placing them at 6,950 people, the imbalance in the Provincial quotas lead to “forced layoffs,” according to the unions.

For them, this situation is “unacceptable” and they consider that it is possible to implement other non-traumatic measures, while accusing the management of “making small movements” without withdrawing any of the forced measures that represent a “red line”. If an agreement is not reached with the unions, the entity could unilaterally apply the restructuring measures and the conditions offered could be lowered.




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