The former president of honor of BBVA, Francisco González, ends his professional career in a way he had never imagined. The revelations of the Villarejo case place the bank in
the center of a plot of listeners to a long list of personalities of the country. It is being investigated whether BBVA ordered during the presidency of Gonzalez to ex-police officer José Manuel Villarejo various research works to prevent the construction company Sacyr from taking control of the bank in 2004.
González's announcement to leave the presidency of honor, allows to alleviate the tensions of the first meeting of Carlos Torres as president. Although the lawsuits against the bank and especially against Gonzalez, the last one filed yesterday by Carlos Arenillas, former vice-president of the CNMV, weigh heavily on the reputation of BBVA.
But, for the moment, Torres has managed to get part of the interventions that were going to request the total disconnection of González from the bank, to be partly deactivated. One of them is that of the CC OO, UGT and ACB unions, which represent 73% of the bank's workforce, and more than 2 million delegated shares.
These unions, however, demand the clarification of the 'Villarejo case' and its link with BBVA, and call for "zero tolerance", but they do not mention González, although they do say that they are "seriously concerned about a possible false closing of the case" of this issue, as well as the delay in its "clarification", which affects the "reputational image and credibility" of the bank "and therefore of the staff that makes it up". They demand that BBVA "comply with what was promised: rigor, forcefulness and speed in the decisions to be made".
These unions will demand today on the board, in addition, an "immediate" increase in contributions to the pension plan, frozen for two thirds of the workforce "for more than 25 years, while the dome of the entity increases their salaries."
They ask the bank to invest in training, increase the presence of women in management positions and adopt "real and effective measures to demonstrate respect for gender diversity, achieving true equality of opportunities between women and men".
The representatives of the staff will also request improvements to the working conditions of the employees, avoiding "extensions of ultra-activity, endangering the basic rights of the staff.
That the bank pays part of the variable incentives that "has led them", as well as avoiding rankings that "fail to comply with the data protection regulations", are also part of their requests, as well as their complaint about "the abandonment that the template in the conflict generated by the bank with customers of Chinese origin ".
On digitalization they maintain that "most of the digital sales are made inside our offices, and for this, it has been necessary for employees to detect the need and offer a customized solution", and they claim that "this is not a digital client ".