Tubacex will finally carry out 129 layoffs at its Llodio and Amurrio centers, both in Álava, after closing the consultation period with the unions. The meetings have been settled without an agreement between the parties. The initial approach of the manufacturer of seamless tubes was 150 outputs out of a workforce of 800 workers. The collapse of the oil and gas market, the Basque steelmaker’s main client, has led it to present a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) on the rest of the group, 650 employees.
The 129 layoffs will take place through twelve early retirements, twenty-two incentivized terminations and 95 contract terminations. The Basque group had announced that it needed to reduce personnel costs by 20%, equivalent to the elimination of 500 jobs. The cut of 150 professionals in Euskadi meant a saving to the balance of 10 million.
Negotiations between the company and the unions have lasted for half a year. With specific moments of tension. Strikes, pickets in front of factories, clashes between protesters with the Ertzaina have been the protagonists of various days. The company presented an Employment Regulation File (ERE) on February 8, of which the data is now known. The restructuring in the rest of the score of the group, spread over Europe and Asia, has already been concluded with agreements with the unions of the countries in question, according to Tubacex.