Countdown to close the third great Employment Regulation File (ERE) banking in 2021. There is only the day of this Friday for Banco Sabadell and the unions to agree on the conditions under which the percentage of staff surplus will be released, which is also still on the air. Otherwise, they will be doomed to extend the legally established term and to set additional meetings. During the day on Thursday the conversations took a script twist and the impressions are optimistic. Workers’ representatives trust power reach a pre-agreementtoday, although they take for granted having to see each other’s faces again next week to develop, draft and seal the final pact.
The meetings have been marked by the immobility of both parties. A few days ago, the workers spoke that the positions were far apart. But the desire to unblock the negotiating table led Banco Sabadell to give in on its claims’ in extremis’, giving a push in favor of the unions’ requests. In fact, the last proposal that the entity has communicated in the eighth and penultimate scheduled appointment was crucial for the labor platform will begin to speak of advancement for the first time in negotiations.
With hardly having finished this Thursday’s meeting, which lasted until late at night, the unions they sent an urgent circular for call off the strike and the rallies that were scheduled for this Friday. The CaixaBank workers, who had promised to fight in any stoppage that was called, were planning to join these mobilizations with the aim of showing their support to their colleagues in the sector.
Banco Sabadell launched its adjustment plan with the intention of getting rid of 1,936 people. For unions from the beginning this figure was unacceptable. The group shared with the employees a few weeks ago the technical report in which it exposed the need to execute the collective dismissal due to structural problems. On the other hand, the unions say that the group has hired more than 600 people since 2020, more than half so far in 2021. For this reason they were clear that those needs to which it was clinging did not make sense.
Blocking in the number of exits and in the economic conditions for incentivized leave, a key lever to avoid forced dismissals
Little by little, and as is usual in this type of process, the number of affectations has been reduced. After arduous discussions, the entity has corrected its initial objective and placed redundant positions at 1,440. There are almost 500 employees less than those initially announced, although for labor representation it is still not enough, since this number would not prevent the forced application of exits. CCOO calculates that an ERE for 1,300 people is the one that would guarantee total voluntariness. The next hours will be decisive. In addition, they understand that the most feasible thing would be to establish a minimum number of layoffs for this year and a maximum number that could be accrued over the next two years, instead of getting rid of all employees in the first quarter of 2022 as the company wants. entity.
The issue of economic conditions, although it continues to be, along with the number of affectations, a stumbling block. In early retirement, it has backed down to propose a figure close to the equivalent of 75% of the process of voluntary departures that the bank carried out in the first quarter of the year. The problem is that just a few months ago the group of early retirees has ‘discharged’ after the departure of 1,800 employees through this route. Therefore, the The incentive will be the offer of a good incentive leave plan. The unions have welcomed the fact that the group led by César González Good has agreed to incorporate premiums from 5,000 to 20,000 euros depending on seniority for those under 50 years of age.
However, the compensation raised by the Catalan bank is still disappointing for the workforce. “Levers must be given so that people can get on the incentivized casualties,” said a spokesman for one of the main unions present at the meetings. The labor representative refuses to sign an agreement with the current economic conditions because they are far from those that have been signed in the most recent EREs of other entities financial