The management of Nissan has transferred to the union leadership the need to cut its workforce in the factory in the Zona Franca de Barcelona by half a thousand workers, around 14% of its staff. It is the basis of the plan that the Japanese multinational wants to put in place to adapt the number of workers to the low production of the facilities, which work below 40% for some time, as it has advanced today. The vanguard. Union sources have confirmed to this newspaper that the intention is to channel the reduction of employment through pre-retirement to those over 55 years between this and next year. Nissan has avoided confirming the data.
The company believes that with just over 3,000 employees, the Zona Franca factory could be viable. Although it has not clarified whether the assignment of a new vehicle is assured, union sources hope that next year a new model of electric and hybrid technology could be assigned and there is a commitment to update the paint plant, which requires a significant investment.
The question now, however, is to negotiate the exit of the surplus of employment quantified by the management headed by Ginés Alarcón in Barcelona. In unofficial meetings the unions have raised the need to maintain the exit conditions that have been raised so far in Nissan, consisting of ensuring a 90% salary for early retirees. The position of exit of the company, nevertheless, is lower, considering that the costs could be triggered because all the staff that left is around 55 years.
In addition, early retirement negotiations are linked to the negotiation of the new collective agreement. In that case, the company claims the workers a wage containment so as not to trigger the costs of the factory.
The facilities of the Free Trade Zone have been hanging on the tightrope gradual loss of models without replacements. Its profitability depends on the ranchera that is produced on the same platform for the Nissan, Renault and Mercedes brands, in addition to the manufacture of the NV200 electric van. There are no other models in the production chain since the Pulsar and the diesel version of the NV200 and the NV300 were withdrawn. And there is fear about what can happen with the rancheras in full implosion of the diesel market in Europe.
The plans of the company will become official next Tuesday, in a visit of the dome of the Japanese multinational to the Nissan plant, where the requirements will be communicated officially to the works committee.