Fernández and Feijóo have met in Oviedo, before going together to the ceremony of delivery of the Princess of Asturias Awards. They have treated the situation open after the decision of the multinational aluminum producer Alcoa to start a formal consultation period to carry out a collective dismissal at its plants in Avilés and La Coruña, which will affect a total of 686 workers.
"It will be impossible for Alcoa to reconsider its proposal if the central government does not establish in weeks a specific framework for the year 2019 and following the price of energy," said Feijóo at the press conference jointly offered by the heads of governments. of Asturias and Galicia.
Fernández and Feijóo have decided to work together to try to get the company to change its decision. Feijóo has also insisted on the need for the Government to establish a schedule to pay the approximately 150 million euros that are budgeted for electrointensive companies in Spain.
It is about matters, they have explained, in which the autonomous governments do not have competences. They have explained that next week there will be a meeting with general directors of the autonomous communities and secretaries of state.
Once the weekend of October 27 and 28 is over, Fernandez and Feijóo will hold a meeting with the ministers of Ecological Transition and Industry, Teresa Ribera and Reyes Maroto. They want to ask the ministers to help them talk to Alcoa.
At all times both the Asturian socialist leader and the 'popular' Galician have referred to the cost of energy as the main reason that Alcoa has decided to close the two plants. They have said that they have been working in that direction during the past years. Feijóo has explained that whenever he met with Alcoa presidents, they all raised the need for a regulatory framework for the price of electricity that would allow them to be competitive.
Fernández has been asked if there were other reasons for the closure, such as the lack of modernization of the affected plants and the actions taken by the public authorities to improve that aspect. "I should ask about what the company has done," Javier Fernández replied.
The Asturian leader, has explained that so far they have allowed them to have some electric prices with which to compete and has indicated that, although it is true that companies have not invested in modernizing the facilities, something that was known, that is not something that can be attributed to administrations.
Fernandez recalled that throughout Europe there are specific rates for the electrointensive industry and that, in the case of Alcoa, these costs represent 40 percent.
The Asturian president has insisted on the importance of achieving a stable framework in this aspect to enable this episode does not affect more companies of a high power consumption. In Asturias there are several and in Galicia Alcoa still has one of its factories. The last intention is that the decision of the multinational does not suppose an antecedent so that a risk of relocation can take place.
The two presidents have agreed to work together on this matter, with a roadmap that also includes direct contact with the works councils as representatives of the workers, dialogue with the company and with the central government.
"It is not acceptable that governments that have been working with Alcoa for years have learned from the media about such a drastic decision, it is very difficult to understand," said Alberto Núñez Feijóo. Fernandez has lamented the "brutal impact" on workers and has said that both the fund and the form have been "inadmissible."
Fernández and Feijóo, however, intend to continue working together to achieve the best possible result. Feijóo recalled that they have already done so successfully years ago with the 'tax lease' crisis, which allowed shipyards in Asturias and Galicia to continue operating.