H&M has drastically reduced the impact on the Employment Regulation File (ERE) that it decided to apply in Spain, and thus reached a preliminary agreement with the unions on the last day of negotiation.
As reported by these, the textile company has reduced layoffs to 349, when its first intention was to exceed a thousand affected, with which the impact is reduced by almost 70%. An amount, initially proposed by the company, which the workers’ representatives considered completely unjustified and which led to numerous protests during the last week, with work stoppages and strikes until this Friday, in which the participation reached 95%. In a statement, CC OO considers that this “historic mobilization” has forced the Swedish firm to back down
The pre-agreement sealed today, and which has to be validated by each union, also contemplates that these 349 exits will be through voluntary secondments, which will avoid forced dismissals if they are able to cover the total figure. This assignment will be open until May 31.
The ERE stipulates an indemnity of 45 days per year worked for those who have a contract prior to 2012, when the labor reform came into force, and 33 days for those who signed it later. In the first case, they will receive the limit of 42 monthly payments and in the second, that of 24.
In addition, those who adhere will receive a premium that will start from 3,000 euros for workers with up to five years of seniority; 4,000 for those between five and 10; and 5,000 for those over 10 years of age.
In exchange for the reduction in layoffs, H&M will apply a reduction in working hours to 170 workers. This reduction may not exceed 20% of the contracted day and will last for 24 months. Then, it will be reviewed to be able to return to the normal working day. “The hours that are reduced will have the same compensation as the dismissal,” says CC OO in a note.
In addition, the stores in Orense, the L’Illa shopping center (Barcelona) and the Loranca shopping center, in Fuenlabrada (Madrid) will not close, as was originally planned. The one in Vigo that was affected will be moved to a new location. Meanwhile, the staff will go to ERTE charging 80% of the salary, without affecting extra pay or vacations. Finally, 401 vacancies will be offered.
“CC OO values positively the pre-agreement reached, which has allowed achieving a significant reduction in the number of people affected, the alternative of vacancies and that those people who finally leave the company do so voluntarily and with good conditions. This agreement would not have been possible without the majority monitoring that has been made of the mobilizations by the entire workforce, “says the union.