The Inditex group has put at 25,000 people the workers who would be affected by a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) that the company will present “preventively” next week and that would apply from April 15 if it is prolonged. the alarm status.
As reported by the company to Efe, the ERTE would only apply to store personnel and would complement the remuneration of each of the affected workers.
In any case, Inditex has stressed that it will bear the cost of the wages of its 48,000 employees in the first stage of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Next week we will present a preventive ERTE in case the alarm state is prolonged only for store personnel, affected by the obligation to close stores,” the company has indicated.
Inditex has ensured that “in no case will the logistics, central services or factory templates be affected by the temporary employment regulation tool.”
The textile group has insisted that the objective is “to preserve employment”.
The company’s unions had numbered around 40,000 workers affected by the ERTE.
Sources close to the negotiations have indicated that at this time it is necessary not to apply measures in a hasty way, taking into account that the unemployment coverage of the ERTE will be retroactive.
In Spain, Inditex, according to union sources, has nearly 35,000 employees who have stopped working after the stores closed since last Saturday, March 14, to which almost 5,000 of the more than 10,000 from 11 could join. logistics platforms of the group in Spain.
These platforms have seen their activity and work load reduced, with less activity and less staff, but working with preventive measures and health recommendations.
In this sense, the different unions represented in the company, such as CCOO, UGT or CGT, have referred to these ERTE in the logistics centers of Inditex throughout Spain.
According to the CCOO of Industry, “it was not the time” to do this after the company presented “such positive results” for the 2019 financial year in which it obtained a net profit of 3,639 million euros, 6% more.
Inditex presented its results this Wednesday as it is the mandatory date for being a listed company and focused on emphasizing that the priority objective is to maintain the employment of its workers when the coronavirus crisis passes and in the meantime it will focus on searching and applying the formulas established by the Government.
These formulas promote that companies do not fire their workers during this time and that they guarantee their income in a coordinated way with the administrations.
Inditex CEO, Pablo Isla, said yesterday that they will study all the tools that the Government has made available to companies.