The English Court and the unions still do not reach an agreement after the fifth meeting held to agree the conditions that will govern the ERE, which will affect up to 3,000 workers. The unions, represented by Fasga, Fetico, UGT and CCOO, again criticized that the proposal is still far from their pretensions and that “the rapprochement has been slight.” El Corte Inglés once again put on the negotiating table that the workers of stores and central services included in the ERE obtain compensation of 25 per year worked with a limit of 15 monthly payments, a measure that would now also be extended to forced extinctions. Faced with this proposal, the unions demand that the compensation, both for voluntary and forced departures, be of 33 days per year worked with a maximum of 24 monthly payments.
El Corte Inglés did give in at one point by finally allowing all company personnel, regardless of their area or center, to voluntarily adhere to the so-called reorganization plan. What’s more, The company indicated that it will reduce by 5% those forcibly affected on the initial proposal in case of not reaching the required number of volunteers. On the contrary, the unions are asking for a reduction of forced personnel by 15% so that the final number of those affected is 85% over the initial proposal.
As a novelty, the group of department stores offered exit bonuses for voluntarily recruited staff ranging from 2,000 euros for salaries below 25,000 euros and up to 6,000 euros for those who earn more than 50,000 euros per year. For their part, the unions ask for exit bonuses based on length of work and the percentage of salary. In detail, they demanded that these bonuses be 8% of the salary with a minimum of 3,000 euros for those workers with 0 to 5 years in the company; 12% of salary with a minimum of 6,000 euros for those between 6 and 10 years old; 15% of salary for those between 11 and 15 years old and with a minimum of 9,000 euros; and 20% of the salary, with a minimum of 12,000 euros, for those with more than 15 years working in the company.
Last week, the company reported that if the quota was not covered, it would execute a forced process with compensation of 20 days per year worked and a maximum of 12 monthly payments. Now, it maintains the idea of forced extinctions, but improves the exit conditions compared to those announced a few days ago.
Mobility between centers
For now, the negotiating committee rejects the proposal, considering that it “remains far from reality.” The workers’ representatives clarified that their position will continue to be based on seeking “attractive” conditions for the departure of staff. Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23, the unions will meet again with the company to continue negotiating the characteristics that will define the exits.
Likewise, the company communicated to the unions that when the voluntary assignment process ends, they will be able to carry out mobility processes between centers or modifications in working conditions in order to continue to address fit within the department store group. As reported by ABC, of the 3,000 casualties, 2,500 are intended for personnel working in stores, while the remaining 500 would be for their corporate services.