Banco Sabadell contemplates a maximum of 354 exits in the province of Alicante, within the adjustment plan that it negotiates with the unions and which will mean the cut of 1,800 jobs throughout the country. In this way, Alicante would be the second area most affected by the reduction in personnel, only behind Barcelona, where the elimination of up to 634 jobs is contemplated, according to the information provided to the representatives of the workforce.
The Sabadell communicated yesterday to the unions the maximum exits that it foresees in each province, some geographical limits with which it is intended to avoid that there are areas where a large number of workers leave and others where no one signs up to the plan, which would later force carry out personnel transfers. Some caps that, yes, have been set based on cuts in branches and corporate services to be applied in each area.
In the case of Alicante, the bank wants to eliminate up to 203 administrative positions and another 70 commercial positions in the branch network, while it provides for a maximum of 80 early retirements and incentivized dismissals in its corporate centers and the regional direction of the province.
To facilitate compliance with these ratios through volunteers – since the bank insists that it will not apply forced measures in this plan – the entity’s negotiators agreed to lower the minimum age from 57 to 56 to take advantage of the proposed early retirements. A figure that some centrals, such as the Sicam-Aprobas federation, want to lower even more, up to 55 years, precisely to avoid having problems meeting the quotas in those areas where more departures are planned, such as Alicante.
With regard to economic conditions, all the centrals agreed to demand that the percentage of the annual assigned salary to be paid by those affected be raised until their final retirement. Thus, if Sabadell offered 70%, CC OO -the majority central- and UGT claim that this percentage should rise to 80% in line with what has been paid in the last EREs agreed in the sector, while Sicam- You approve claims that the figure is 85%, taking into account that since it is not processed as an ERE, personal income tax withholdings will be higher.
No money cap
In addition, the three centrals coincide in demanding that the maximum limit of 240,000 euros per worker be abolished and they also demand that the agreement that must pay the Social Security contributions of those affected be extended beyond the usual 63 years. Specifically, CC OO and UGT demand a safeguard clause that covers workers in the event that legislation changes and the voluntary retirement age in Spain is delayed, which now stands at the aforementioned 63 years.
On the other hand, the unions also ask to improve the conditions of the incentive leaves, which the bank wants to limit to a maximum of one annuity. The main unions demand that there be at least two annuities, although they are clear that the bank’s objective is to prioritize early retirement.
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