The Danish wind farm has reached an agreement with the workers and will include early retirements as of December 31.
The union conflict at the Danish wind power plant in Viveiro Vestas has already come to an end. They were limited by December 31st and they have preferred to advance it two days. The workers end the fight, the Xunta accuses the Government of the closure and the Minister of Industry, Reyes MarotoStill confident in a “good end” to the conflict.
Maroto has assured that he still has “confidence” in working to achieve a “good end” to the conflict at the Vestas plant in Viveiro (Lugo), despite the fact that the workers accepted an economic settlement prior to the trial that was planned to hold for their claim against collective dismissal. This Friday the 31st the factory’s activity cessation becomes effective.
For its part, the company highlights that it reached such an agreement with the workers so that “The Viveiro factory is transformed into an operation and maintenance center”.
Early retirement plan
Thus, the company emphasizes that it is extending the deadline for accessing jobs in the new center and that it will implement a pre-retirement plan for employees. over 55 years Y pay compensation of up to 67 days’ salary per year worked.
Coinciding with its participation in Santiago in the monitoring commission of Alcoa, the minister has been asked by journalists about the Vestas crisis, and has claimed to be “working from day one” on it.
It has also appealed to the “responsibility” of the Xunta and its employment department, although it has found that “it has not been possible” to reverse the collective dismissal, which affects the entire workforce, beyond a few relocations.
The central government, for its part, has said, “it is going to fulfill the part” that the workers “asked” regarding the search for investors.
In this sense, he recalled that “this reindustrialization was achieved” in another plant that Vestas had in Castilla y León and has shown “confidence that if you work well” and if all the parties are “united”, this crisis can also come to a “good end”.
For his part, economic vice president of the Xunta, Francisco Conde, who then appeared before the media, has blamed the central executive for the situation of Vestas, such as Alcoa and other Galician industries.
“Two years ago, neither Alcoa nor Vestas had any kind of problem,” he went on to affirm, assuring that then there was “a competitive electricity price and a framework that allowed the production”, in the case of Vestas, of products from the wind sector.
Sadness in the workers
For his part, president of the works council, David Mariño, transferred this Wednesday the “sad day” that the staff lived, with a vote in which “in an assembly and free way” decided “The end of the fight.”
“Support for our cause is nil. At an institutional level, from the Xunta to the Government of Spain they have barely given us more than a pat on the back ”, he lamented.
Thus, he claims to have “fought with dignity with the objective of finding a buyer for Vestas Viveiro”. He points out that “the truth is that the last industrial tables clearly showed the apathy and lack of commitment of the administrations in the search for solutions and how unattractive the reindustrialization of A Mariña lucense is”.
His fight “ends”, as interpreted, by “blame for absurdly unfair labor law“.
“Given the depressing outlook and how unlikely it would be to win the judicial annulment of the ERE, and even winning it, in the best of cases it would lead us to another ERE in a few days, (so) we opted to seek a pre-trial conciliation ”Mariño reported.
Thus, an economic conciliation has been presented and accepted for all Vestas workers and “retirement options for those over 55 years of age and some relocations in the Viveiro center that were still uncovered.”
End to the judicial process
For its part, the company has issued a statement in which it refers to the agreement “that ends the conflict that arose after finalizing the negotiation of the collective dismissal of the 115 workers at the Viveiro (Lugo) factory.”
The agreement has been endorsed by the factory workers and signed “by the entire works council, made up of UGT, Comisiones Obreras and CIG”, as claimed by Vestas.
The agreement includes an extension of the term so that interested employees can access the new positions created after “the reconversion of the factory” into an “operation and maintenance” center.
Likewise, it provides for a pre-retirement plan for those over 55 years of age and compensation of up to 67 days’ salary per year worked, “depending on each case.”
This agreement, which involves the withdrawal of the lawsuit which challenged the collective dismissal, is, according to Vestas, “satisfactory for the parties involved” by “improving the conditions for all personnel who have decided not to be assigned to the vacancies offered”.
In any case, Vestas assures that it will continue, “in collaboration with the competent authorities, with the search for potential investors throughout the year 2022 in order to promote the reindustrialization of the area.”