The Nissan automobile group plans to officially announce this Thursday the closure of its plants in Barcelona -in the Free Zone, Montcada i Reixac and Sant Andreu de la Barca-, in which nearly 3,000 people work, as reported by the Network To be.
Tonight sources from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism have assured Efe not yet to have official communication from Nissan about the future of its plant in Barcelona, as they have indicated from the Govern of the Generalitat.
The official communication is expected to take place this Thursday first thing: at 08:30 the company has summoned the unions to announce their decision, while at 10:00 the Nissan CEO, Makoto Uchida, will present at the wheel Release the company's financial results and medium-term plan.
For his part, the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has called this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to the representatives of the Nissan works council in Barcelona for a videoconference meeting in which the Vice President of the Government and Minister will also participate. of Economy, Pere Aragonés, and the Consellers of Labor and Business, Chakir el Homrani and Angels Chacón, respectively.
In recent days, several Japanese media have assured that the multinational intends to close its Catalan plant and that it will transfer its production to Renault factories.
Pending the official announcement of Nissan, the workers of Barcelona have continued this Wednesday with the indefinite strike, which now totals 23 days, and with the mobilizations, now on the street, after weeks of not being able to do it for the restrictions imposed by the alarm state due to COVID-19.
The three Nissan centers in Barcelona -Zona Franca, Montcada i Reixac and Sant Andreu de la Barca- employ some 3,000 people, but there are close to 25,000 direct and indirect jobs that depend on the plant.
The Zona Franca factory - the most important one - has been gradually losing workload in the last year, which led to the end of 2019 to propose an ERE with 600 early retirements, while the plant worked below 30% of its capacity.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the situation and the factory is currently stopped, with an indefinite strike affecting part of the workforce, while the rest continue to be affected by an ERTE.