The Secretary of State for Energy, José Domínguez, and the CC.OO. and UGT have reached a Pre-agreement on the future of coal mining, since as of December 31, only those farms that do not need public subsidies to operate, as demanded by the EU, will remain open, which will lead to the closure of the majority in Spain.
The pre-agreement, in addition to collecting vague measures for the reindustrialization of the mining regions, provides a privileged social plan aimed at workers. By the end of September, there were 2,168 affiliates to the special Social Security coal regime.
Thus, employees with 48 years of equivalent age can be pre-paid (real age plus the reduction coefficient – between 0.5% and 0.05% -) or with at least 20 years of trading to the special regime of coal with different reductions, according to the time scope: (20 years 10%, 21 8%, 22 6%, 23 4% and 24 2%). This aid will guarantee the recognition of 72% of the average monthly gross salary remuneration, according to the signed act to which ABC has had access.
It is also foreseen compensated casualties for workers with their own staff prior to December 31, 2017 and with the current amount.
At the same time, it is striking "the right to recognition, once only, of the Unemployment benefit at the contributory level for the maximum legal period regardless of their periods of quoted occupation (counter to zero) ». It must be remembered that for any worker to be unemployed for a maximum period of two years, it is essential that they have contributed for six years.
On the other hand, workers who do not have the right to early retirement may opt for the relocation in those companies that continue as of January 1, 2019, and for this purpose, employees of auxiliary companies (contractors and subcontractors) of the mining companies will also be considered surplus.
The pre-agreement contemplates for the public company Hunosa, keep their own business plan and their transition to a new economic model.
The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, He said that he hoped that the agreement had been reached years ago "because it would have made the subsequent stages much easier". In an interview with Onda Cero, Ribera said that "an agreement has been reached, not a principle of agreement, that we are going to make it official".
He recalled that since 2010 it is known that there was a date for the closure of the mines of coal that had not returned the aid and that "there was an extra period to accompany from the public budget an orderly process of closure and generation of alternatives", but three months after the closure of these mines there was no framework for workers and the regions.
He has indicated that the agreement reached will allow workers who are old enough to retire do so in the best conditions that stipulates the special regime of mining, although so far none has said that it will return the aid to be able to continue extracting coal.