The BBVA unions will mobilize for the ERE from May 10

They regret that the bank has not yet detailed how it plans to dismiss the 3,798 employees who will be affected by the collective dismissal.

BBVA headquarters in Madrid.

The address of BBVA and the workers’ representatives have already held the second meeting after the constitution of the negotiation table on the Record of employment regulation (ERE) that the bank is going to launch soon, but the unions are still far from considering signing any agreement. In fact, the representatives of the workers are organizing themselves to launch mobilizations starting next May 10.

The unions present at the negotiating table of the bank that presides over Charles Torres They have agreed to start actions in rejection of the employment adjustment, although they have not yet decided whether they will manifest themselves through concentrations or stoppages of activity, as Invertia has learned.

Although both parties have already held the second meeting proper within the framework of this negotiation, the unions still do not know the economic conditions that BBVA proposes to offer to workers who finally leave the bank within the framework of this process.

relocation plan

However, they do know that those who are affected by the process will be able to avail themselves of the relocation plan that the bank has designed together with the human resources firm Randstad.

The bank has promised to findThrough this plan employment for 100% of those affected who want to continue working, although it has several programs for each former employee to join the one they prefer (work in another company, self-employment or long-term training, as well as preparation for retirement for those who want it).

Randstad will also offer individual professional coaching sessions combined with specialized workshops and seminars. This relocation plan It will be valid for one year, extendable to two and a half years., above the term offered by law, which is six months.

Usually, banks that carry out strong employment adjustments, like this one, launch relocation plans for their employees, something that the law requires them to do, although they can decide to improve conditions, as in this case.

“The bandage before the wound”

All in all, for the unions, the presentation of this plan before the economic measures is bad news, since they fear that the promise of relocations heralds the launch of forced redundancies.

“It is surprising and generates all kinds of suspicions that BBVA presents through Ranstad a ‘wonderful’ relocation plan before telling the full depth of its plan. It is to put the bandage before the wound. And it doesn’t bode well”, lament sources from the workers’ representatives.

Carlos Torres Vila, Chairman of BBVA.

Carlos Torres Vila, Chairman of BBVA.

From BBVA, however, they insist that they address the process “with a dialogic attitude”, with the commitment to be guided by “objectivity criteria” and “with the desire to reach the best possible agreement for all”.

Undoubtedly, one more example of the distance between the unions and the management of the banks is assuming the ERE that are still in negotiation, which does not seem to be narrowing soon.

As this newspaper reported a few days ago, the economic conditions put on the table, the fear of resorting to forced layoffs instead of prioritizing voluntariness and, above all, the number of people affected are putting an end to “social peace” that united unions and bank management and that it had been the norm for the last few years, with few exceptions.

There are still several meetings of both tables before reaching an agreement, so the relationship between the unions and the banks could improve, although, for the moment, the unions are already thinking of showing their rejection through mobilizations.