Bimbo closes a factory in Madrid and fires 200 workers

Grupo Bimbo has decided to close the Paracuellos de Jarama plant in the Community of Madrid. According to the company, the cessation of its activity "responds to organizational and productive issues." More than 200 employees have been affected directly and 75 indirectly by the decision of the Mexican multinational, according to CCOO.

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"We are totally opposed to this dismissal and we say no to dismissals," they indicate from the union. For this reason, the CCOO Industry section of Madrid has decided to call a strike for five days: September 26 and October 3, 4, 10 and 13. For the union, "the company is totally viable and its future must be guaranteed."

🚨Strike in Bimbo

📅26.09.2022
🕛11:00 a.m.
🌍M-111, 2 - KM 6.4 - PARACUELLOS DE JARAMA, Madrid

For an Industrial plan that guarantees workloads
#PorElEmpleoEnBimbo #NoToLayoffs@CCOOMadrid @Industry_CCOO pic.twitter.com/JMucGds5sp

— CCOO Industria Madrid #OrgulloDeSer (@industriaccooma) September 16, 2022

"With the productions that exist today in the different factories, it is not possible today to do without the productions that come out of Bimbo Paracuellos", they argue from the union to avoid the cessation of the activity. Nearly 300 families would be harmed by these layoffs.

Despite the stoppage of production, the union points out a clear objective: "to provide facilities for the company to alleviate any damage it suffers as a result of the days of strike called at Bimbo Paracuellos."

In declarations to this newspaper, the cessation is motivated by "the cost indicators and the investment that the plant needs". "The details of the causes will be discussed in the next meetings with the representatives of the workers," they add.

The Bimbo de Paracuellos de Jarama factory is the largest center in the town and has been in operation for more than 40 years. It is mainly dedicated to the production of 'Donuts' and other industrial bakery products for the entire Community of Madrid.

It is not the first closure of Bimbo in Spain

The food company had already closed other factories in Spain: One in Granollers (Barcelona) in 2020 and another in Tenerife in 2021. As indicated in elEconomista.es, this industrial closure follows the same process of spending adjustment that also involved an ERE for almost 300 workers in its commercial network in 2019.

There are up to twelve more Bimbo factories spread throughout different parts of Spain. Asked about more closures in the State as a whole, they do not rule out future cessations of activity: "in an environment as changing as the current one, we are constantly reviewing and analyzing," they declare.



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