To the plan of the Minister of Inclusion and Social Security, Jose Luis Escrivá, for
hinder early retirements and encouraging the permanence of workers in the workplace beyond 65 years has resulted in a waterway within the public sector itself. The state-owned postal operator, Correos, yesterday just activated its plan to early retirement of workers once they reach 62 years of age of age in search of rejuvenating a staff whose average age far exceeds 50 years.
If nothing goes wrong, in the next four years at least a thousand postal operator workers public over 62 years old and over six years old
in the company they will see their working day reduced to 25% of its current duration, as a step prior to their definitive retirement. The plan will allow their progressive replacement by younger workers who will enter the company through the relief contract and who will complete part of the days that are lost due to these partial retirements.
From yesterday and until next January 21, those interested who meet the requirements may request access to the early retirement plan, paralyzed since its signing with the majority unions at the end of 2018 due to the objections of the Treasury in relation to its economic cost.
The Ministry, which for a few years does not allow public companies no early retirement plan that translates into an additional cost for the public coffers, decided to block the labor agreement in Correos until the company committed to modulating the plan so that it did not imply a higher cost of personnel.
The conditions imposed by the Treasury reduced to a third the perimeter of early retirement initially agreed between the company and the unions, according to union sources, and reduced the number of potential beneficiaries of the plan to a thousand.
According to the union sources consulted, the new roadmap agreed by Correos with the workers' representatives provides that this year they will access partial retirement a maximum of 300 workers.
In this sense, the company has established a series of criteria to prioritize access to the early retirement plan. The In any case, the preferred criterion will be the worker's state of health., so that the partial retirement of workers with health problems will prevail.
From there, the rest of the criteria that will be taken into account to prioritize some over others, within the universe of more than 3,000 workers who are estimated to meet the basic requirements to be eligible for the plan, will be their presence in departments that do not have a strategic interest for the company, seniority in the company and the worker's age, prioritizing this over seniority.
Correos is not the only public company with a partial retirement plan before the legal retirement age with a relief contract. This scheme has been applied for a couple of years in Paradores and also in Navantia. The Treasury has endorsed all these agreements and even paralyzed the agreement in Adif, as it did in Correos, until it did not guarantee cost control.