Tuesday, August 16

Unicaja Banco and the unions reach a preliminary agreement on the ERE in extremis

Unicaja Banco and the unions have managed to reach in extremis, first thing in the morning of this Friday, a preliminary agreement regarding the Record of employment regulation (ERE) raised by the financial institution. Negotiations between both parties have lasted all night this Thursday, given that today the term of the formal consultation period expired. After a marathon session of 20 hours that started yesterday morning, and with successive recesses in which both parties studied their proposals and counterproposals, a principle of agreement has been reached.

The trade union centrals have subsequently been evaluating for a few hours the final document provided by the financial institution to ratify its initial approval. The preliminary agreement was finally signed around 11 in the morning, practically 24 hours after the meeting started, with the support of a majority of the workers’ legal representation. (74.67%, as explained by the unions). In the next few days it must also be endorsed by the bodies of the signatory unions. The Union CESICA has announced, for its part, that has not signed the agreement.

According to union sources, the structure of the framework agreement collects the output of 1,513 workers claimed by the bank, although with a nuance: If the number of 1,314 employee secondments to the ERE is reached on a voluntary basis, the object of the restructuring would be considered fulfilled. therefore, no forced measures would be used to increase that figure.

Unions UGT, CIC and CSIF They already announced at the stroke of midnight progress in the negotiation and called off the strike scheduled for this Friday, December 3. The other two centrals present at the negotiating table, CCOO and CESICA have joined the recall this same morning, when it was certified that the preliminary agreement was already very close.

UGT has indicated that the pre-agreement signed complies with the premises of “voluntariness, conditions of decent outings and geographical and voluntary mobility”.

CCOO points out that the pre-agreement maintains “at most” the 1,513 announced departures, “but under voluntary and incentivized conditions”. Regarding the standardization of working conditions, this central says that, apart from improving some social benefits, permits and professional careers, it has been achieved that the bank “undertakes to open an negotiation process starting next year to create a single remuneration model for the entire entity, in order to guarantee that no worker has a gross annual income lower than the basic remuneration structure of Unicaja Banco “.

For CCOO, it is to be appreciated that an agreement has been reached in which the group of those under 50 years of age is protected, compensation for dismissal is improved, alternatives to forced mobility are given through functional mobility (remote managers) and “a commitment is ensured to negotiate a common salary structure according to the Unicaja model and that improves social benefits.”

CSIF, for its part, says that the preliminary agreement “conjugates aspirations” of the workers who may choose to enroll in the ERTE with those who remain.

Unicaja fountains have reported that the aforementioned agreement is based “on the priority mechanism of voluntariness as a fundamental selection criterion of the workers subject to this process. “The bank’s management, which has appreciated the work of the unions, has added that the procedure has been established” in terms that allow reconcile the rights and interests of the workforce and the achievement of company objectives“.

“This process of labor negotiation responds to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the entity foreseen in the merger project, and is framed in the sectoral trends in a complex environment subject to multiple challenges“, has commented the Malaga bank.

Conditions of departure and mobility

According to union sources, the collective of Workers aged 63 and over would have 20 days per year worked with a maximum of 12 monthly payments and that of 54 years and older that are at least 10 years old would do so with 65% of salary stupid and with unemployment discounts, in addition to an agreement with Social Security up to age 63. The limit in the case of this group would be 79% of the net salary.

Regarding people between 50 and 53 years old with at least ten years old is entered 65% of the annual gross salary also with a limit of 79% net, multiplied by seven and with unemployment discounts. It also includes seven years of agreement with Social Security.

For those under 50 years old with at least 10 years in the company there are 40 days of annual gross salary per year of service, prorated for months and limit of 36 monthly payments. If the assignment is voluntary, 1,500 euros are offered per three-year period and compensation for seniority (6,000 up to ten years, 9,000 between 10 and 15, 12,000 between 15 and 20 and 15,000 for those over 20 years).

Refering to geographical mobility, the initial premise will be the willingness to achieve un maximum of 150 transfers. The compensation for workers who request it voluntarily will be 0.19 euros per kilometer for a maximum of three years for those who travel between 26 and 50 kilometers, plus a premium of 1,500 euros gross. As an alternative to the transfer, the incorporation of the person to the positions of remote manager will be offered, paid and compensated with 320 euros.

For those who travel between 51 and 100 kilometers, the same compensatory conditions are given as in the previous case, but the premium becomes 2,500 gross euros. And for distances from 101 to 250 kilometers, compensation of 18,000 euros and housing assistance of 700 euros per month are offered for a maximum of three years.

Only if the needs in surplus and deficit provinces are not covered with these options, forced short-distance mobility could be applied. Workers who refuse a trip to more than 50 kilometers will be entitled to 33 days per year and a maximum of 24 monthly payments, adding a linear premium of 25,000 euros and another of 700 euros per year of seniority.

An intense day

The day of yesterday Thursday was again very intense for the staff of Unicaja Bank, which once again backed massively the day of strike called by the unions, with a 91% follow-up. In the case of Andalusia, CCOO raised the support to 97.5%, in Extremadura to 97%, in Castilla y León to 96.25%, in Castilla-La Mancha to 84% and in Cantabria to 80%.

Coinciding with the strike day, there were also rallies in Malaga, Almería, Granada, Salamanca, León, Cáceres, Cuenca, Toledo, Ciudad Real, Albacete, Jaén, Santander, Valladolid and Madrid. It was the second day of the strike after the one lived on November 26, which had a 93% follow-up.

The entity intends with the ERE the closure of 395 offices and the output of 1,513 workers (1,005 from 508 central services offices). To this are added, outside the ERE, some 1,200 early retirements that were already agreed (730 that were on leave of absence in Liberbank and 437 of the old Unicaja Bank, with whom an agreement has been reached. Thus, the bank plans to reduce its workforce by a total of about 2,700 people.

On the other hand, the Parliament of Andalusia Yesterday approved a non-law proposal (PNL) presented by the socialist group regarding support for workers before the ERE. The PNL came out unanimously on points 2 and 5, and points 1, 3 and 4 were approved by a majority with 16 votes in favor and two against.

The Parliamentary Group of the PSOE wielded the “marked Andalusian profile” of Unicaja, based in Malaga, “the physical proximity of its network of offices, the financial strength and the business, which has made it possible to focus personalized management on customers, and that is done by its workers.”

In the opinion of the PSOE, the Andalusian Government “has to be on the side of the Andalusian banking entity par excellence”, so it urged Parliament “to try to promote consensus and debate” so that management “refuse the proposed solutions“.

For its part, the PP group asked “maximum transparency in the negotiation process“, while recalling the statements of the President of the Andalusian Government, Juanma Moreno, in the sense that the Board “will be belligerent in this matter.”

United we can for Andalusia (UPporA) criticized the fact that the entity obtains “multimillion-dollar benefits” and wants to release 1,513 workers. “Unicaja is its social work and the thousands of offices that are distributed by neighborhoods and towns, “he said.

Citizens He stressed that the “competent authority” in this labor dispute to mediate is the central government, “It is not the competence of the Employment Department“; Even so,” we ask for an effort so that the ERE affects as few people as possible. “Finally, Vox rejected” the treatment that Unicaja is giving its workers, who have always been characterized by extraordinary treatment of citizens and a close model “.

On the other hand, the presentation of the citizen platform Let’s save Unicaja“It was supported yesterday by representatives of the PSOE, United We Can, PP and Cs parties and the CCOO and UGT unions. This organization, which has been established in Malaga to guarantee the territorial linkage of Unicaja Bank to the city, is promoted by the professor of Law of the UMA and former councilor of IU Pedro Moreno Brenes placeholder image, which reiterated the request for the resignation of the president of the Unicaja Foundation, Braulio Medel.

Brenes was accompanied by the Councilor for Culture of the Malaga City Council, Noelia losada (Cs), the spokesperson for the PP of Málaga, Elisa Pérez de Siles; the councilors Begoña Medina and Alicia murillo, from the PSOE and the coordinator of IU Málaga, Remedios Ramos.

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According to Moreno Brenes, “the small fish has eaten the big one“, in reference to Liberbank and Unicaja, and asks the leaders of the bank to “stop putting themselves in profile” and take back the “dignity of management” of the entity. believes that if Medel does not resign, the Board of the Foundation must meet to replace Medel, that another president be appointed and Unicaja “directs another future.” “Salvemos Unicaja” has already accumulated about 8,000 adhesions (the majority through change.org and a minority through the email enabled by the teacher).

The CCOO representative, Rosario Orozco, criticized the “unnatural pact “between the Unicaja Foundation and the former representatives of Liberbank and that of UGT, Rebeca Lopez, stressed that Unicaja “had been the emblem of Malaga and Andalusia and they are stealing it from us“.


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