CaixaBank reduces to 7,791 those affected by the ERE and will relocate 500 employees within the group

Those relocated to the entity itself will be assigned to the subsidiary that manages its IT infrastructure. Meanwhile, the unions accuse the bank of “manipulating” data to justify the ERE.

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CaixaBank has decided to reduce the number of people affected by Record of employment regulation (ERE) a 7,791 employees, to which he has committed himself before the unions to look for work in external companies. Another 500 will be relocated to companies of the CaixaBank group.

Thus, the 8,291 employees that the bank put on the table at the beginning of negotiations with the unions last week will continue to be affected by the process, which is equivalent to 18% of its workforce, although not all will leave as a group. Those 500 will be relocated within the group, specifically at CaixaBank Tech, the technological subsidiary that manages the entity’s IT infrastructure and develops projects related to digital transformation, as reported by the bank.

Not surprisingly, at the meeting on Tuesday, the management has recognized the workers’ representatives that 8,291 casualties is a “high and striking” number, according to sources present at the negotiation.

The bank’s management and the unions held the second meeting to negotiate this employment adjustment on Tuesday with the positions still very opposed. In the first, which took place last week, CaixaBank put on the table a cut of 8,291 jobs, 18% of the workforce that Bankia has once integrated, and the closure of 1,534 branches, 27% of its network.

In this context, the bank reiterated on Tuesday its commitment to relocate the workers affected by the ERE, an initiative that it already put on the table last Tuesday, at the first meeting, after which it declared through a statement. In any case, it has indicated that the relocation plan will be explained more extensively in future meetings.

José Ignacio Goirigolzari, Chairman of Caixabank

José Ignacio Goirigolzari, Chairman of Caixabank

“The entity’s commitment to a relocation plan and accompaniment of all affected people to facilitate their incorporation and adaptation to a new job, which will be absolutely differential and which will be given more detail in future meetings, “the bank reported last week.

Is about a common measure in other strong employment adjustment processes that banks have carried out in recent years. Santander, which has carried out several in recent years, has had the habit of resorting to an external company to relocate workers who took advantage of the ERE, something that has even done for all those affected in the last processes.

Unions accuse of “manipulating”

The bank reiterates its commitment in full negotiation for the adjustment, which has jumped from the negotiating table to the Government due to the 16% stake that the State maintains in CaixaBank as an inheritance of its 61% in Bankia. During the last week, several ministers, especially the economic vice president, Nadia CalvinThey have harshly charged against the bank’s job adjustments and against the “high salaries” of their executives, something that has even raised the Bank of Spain to try to put a stop to these salaries.

The unions, for their part, in the meeting held this Tuesday are accusing the bank of “Manipulate” and misrepresent “ the economic data in their favor to justify the ERE.

“From UGT We declare to the Caixabank management that the report that you have submitted to us misrepresents the data in your interest to justify this ERE. We demand that they reconsider and withdraw the proposals that have been made, which violate the interests of the workers, ”they have pointed out from the union led by Pepe Álvarez.

The training also insists that the measures must be “voluntarily”, as well as the standardization of working conditions for all employees that CaixaBank now has, wherever they come from.

For its part, CCOO has conveyed to the CaixaBank management that the report that the entity offered to the unions to justify the ERE “Manipulates the data”. “We are not going to accept traumatic measures or salary cuts so that a few can distribute them,” they added.

Since last week’s meeting, union sources have been explaining to this newspaper that The report uses to justify the ERE data from the year 2020, an atypical year due to the impact of the Covid-19 health crisis.

The bank’s management, for its part, has responded to the workers’ representatives that “no they share that their report is biased ”and has stressed that there are organizational and productive causes that justify the ERE. In fact, it has transferred the unions that in some cases have even been “prudent”.