The management of the PSA Group factory in Vigo has committed this Tuesday to limit the application of the Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) for organizational and productive reasons that it negotiates with the unions “to the bare minimum,” sources at Efe informed the company.
At the start of negotiations last week, the company had proposed a 90-day ERTE divided into two stages, one from the start of activity, scheduled for April 20, until August, and the second, from that month to end of the year.
This issue will be taken up again at the next meeting of the negotiating table, scheduled for Thursday, which will also address the number of affected parties and complementary flexibility instruments.
As transferred today by the company to the unions, the entry into force of this new ERTE would take place once the state of alarm for the coronavirus pandemic and its successive extensions has ended, since it will be at that time that the current ERTE loses its validity. By force majeure.
The company has responded to the unions’ request to balance the activity of the different shifts during the phase of progressive recovery of the activity, in order to avoid concentrating the non-working days on the night and weekend shifts.
Likewise, it undertakes to balance non-working days among all the teams.
The resumption of activity at the PSA Vigo factory will take place with a “progressive start-up” of the equipment for a period that will range from eight to ten weeks.
Furthermore, the PSA Vigo management has confirmed that the new ERTE for organizational and productive reasons will only cover full-time staff.
He has proposed “smoothing” the salary of staff with a temporary contract, through a monthly guarantee of minimum remuneration, recoverable with activity in subsequent months.
Likewise, it has offered the unions a “job commitment”, by which people whose contract ends without having completed a twelve-month cycle will be recovered if they have a “good valuation”.
Management has also put on the table the possibility of balancing activity between teams so that staff with temporary contracts are not penalized, by anticipating the incorporation of variable teams and prioritizing them in the replacement of absenteeism, “predictably higher than usual. “