The unions UGT and CCOO have called a new mobilization on Tuesday "in defense of the future of employment in Alcoa" before the headquarters of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism in Madrid. The concentration, which is scheduled from 10 am to 2 pm, aims to demand the minister of the sector, Reyes Maroto, the opening of the necessary dialogue tables to launch solutions in which the company withdraws or suspends the closure approach and move towards a scenario in which the Alcoa centers in A Coruña and Avilés ensure industrial employment in the affected regions.
Arrived in a score of buses from Galicia and Asturias, the demonstrators display banners with the phrase "Alcoa does not close" in Castilian and Galician. The president of the works council of the plant of the US multinational in A Coruña, José Manuel López Corbacho, has called on the government to be "courageous" to avoid the closure of two important factories for Spain in which a total of 686 workers work. directly and on which some 2,000 indirect jobs depend.
At the concentration, which currently occupies a section of one of the sides of the Paseo de la Castellana, where the Ministry of Industry is located, also attended by deputies of Unidos-Podemos-En Comú-Marea, such as Alberto Garzón, Yolanda Díaz and Alberto Rodríguez, who have demanded that the Executive of Pedro Sánchez put in place instruments to intervene in the factories.
According to the conveners, so far, the Government has made announcements but without specifying measures that facilitate a negotiated and decisive exit to the conflict raised last October by the Alcoa management with the presentation of a file that affects 686 workers and entails the closure of the A Coruña and Avilés plants. They have also denounced that measures such as Royal Decree Law 20/2018 on urgent measures to boost economic competitiveness in the sector of industry and trade in Spain "are clearly insufficient for both the sector and Alcoa."
After the concentration, at 15.00 in the afternoon, the works council will meet with the multinational in the consultations of the ERE and at 17.30 there will be a meeting between Government, company and unions. There are still 11 days left for the Alcoa company to begin laying off the nearly 700 workers at the Avilés and A Coruña plants, for which the unions request facts from the Asturian and central governments.
"The objective has not changed, and that is to keep the jobs, which is why the central government must leave the words to go to the facts, we are in the time of discount, and with Alcoa or without it, the production of aluminum should be maintain the activity in both plants ", warned the general secretary of CCOO Industria de Asturias, Jenaro Díaz.