October 26, 2020

The Government prepares a crash plan to avoid a wave of layoffs in the aeronautical sector




The Ministry of Industry has committed this Friday, in a meeting with social agents, to develop a crash plan that addresses the delicate situation of the aeronautical sector, collateral victim of aviation crash. The Executive’s initiative involves making investments that allow minimizing the impact on employment that the crisis will have in the industry.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary General for Industry, Raúl Blanco; the general director of Labor, Verónica Martínez and the vice president of SEPI, Bartolomé Lora. The president of the Spanish Association of Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space Technologies (TEDAE), Ricardo Martí Fluxá, has been one of the business representatives. And on behalf of the unions, delegates from both the UGT and CC.OO have been present.

All of them have agreed to create a crash plan for the aeronautical sector, which “will be aligned” with the agreement reached between the Executive and Airbus at the end of July. Then, the European manufacturer promised to minimize the job cuts in its Spanish factories in exchange for the Executive making certain investments.

The intention of the Ministry is to replicate these investments at the sectoral level. To this end, the Government and social agents have set up a negotiating table on the measures to be adopted in the aeronautical industry. A initiative in which the creation of a supply chain support fund will be considered, as well as measures to mitigate the labor impact in a “strategic” sector.

Some 3,000 jobs threatened

The Government intends with this agreement to build bridges with the unions, which this week have taken to the streets to protest against the job adjustments announced by different auxiliary companies.

In recent weeks, companies such as Alestis, Grupo Aciturri, Aernnova, ITP and ICSA have announced that they will carry out restructuring of their workforce due to lower workloads within the sector. Adjustments that will affect, according to the unions, more than 3,000 workers. At first, the workers’ organizations demanded that these ERE be abolished, although over the days they have softened their position. Meanwhile, the option for some of these companies to merge is gaining strength, in the heat of the new government projects.

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