The biggest hit of the ERE of BBVA is taken by Catalonia: 1,197 fewer employees and 204 offices closed

The community will also suffer the departure of 754 CaixaBank workers, according to the figures set in motion at the beginning of the negotiation of their collective dismissal.

BBVA headquarters in Madrid.

Catalonia will be one of the most affected by the Records of Employment Regulation (ERE) that banks are going to launch in the coming months, especially for the BBVA, which will cut 1,197 jobs in the autonomous community.

This volume supposes a third of the total affectation of the collective dismissal, which will include 3,798 casualties, with a special impact on the branch network, according to the figures established at the beginning of the negotiation, which may be reduced in the coming weeks.

In fact, in Catalonia the blind will be lowered in the coming months 204 branches of BBVA, which represents 40% of the total closing of offices that the bank will carry out.

This figure represents 7% of all bank branches that are located in Catalan territory, which were 2,937 at the end of last year, according to official data from the Bank of Spain.

The impact on the region will be such given that within Spain one of BBVA’s main markets is Catalonia, where it has a large presence, mainly due to the absorption of Unnim Banc (result of the merger of Caixa Manlleu, Caixa Sabadell and Caixa Terrassa) in 2012 and of CatalunyaCaixa (fruit of Caixa d’Estalvis de Catalunya, Tarragona i Manresa) seven years ago.

BBVA integrated both entities within the framework of the bank restructuring that took place after the financial crisis. Both were nationalized through the Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB) at different times and sold through lanes auctions that BBVA won.

Now, the bank, immersed like the rest of the sector in a process of historical transformation marked by the pandemic and digitization, has decided to implement these adjustments, which, according to the bank’s initial proposal presented to the unions, contemplates the departure of up to 836 people in Barcelona, ​​185 in Tarragona, 92 in Girona and 84 in Lleida. Thus, the four provinces together represent a third of the total casualties.

“Dialogue attitude”

This is stated in the advance of the technical report that the bank transferred to the unions on Thursday at the beginning of the negotiations on the adjustment, which Invertia has agreed to. In this document, the bank is committed to maintaining a “dialogue attitude” and to apply “criteria of objectivity”, with “the will to reach the best possible agreement for all”.

The entity has not yet detailed to the workers’ representatives the formulas or the exit criteria, although the numbers have been enough to arouse their criticism. “The figures are chilling, exorbitantThey are higher numbers than we could have predicted ”, union sources present at the negotiation explain to this newspaper, recalling that behind the numbers are“ many families ”.

More than 750 dismissals from CaixaBank

The impact of BBVA’s adjustment in Catalonia is added to that which banking employment in the community was already going to suffer from the ERE of CaixaBank, whose figures were also released this week. The bank expects the departure of 8,291 employees, of which 754 correspond to Catalonia.

More specifically, the bank’s initial plans, which will be negotiated with the unions in the coming weeks, foresee the departure of 595 employees from Barcelona, ​​85 from Girona, 38 from Lleida and 36 from Tarragona.

As for the rest of the communities, Madrid stands out as one of the most affected by both collective dismissal procedures. BBVA’s ERE will affect 357 workers in the region, while CaixaBank’s will cut 1,511 jobs there.