Telefónica has reduced the number of people who could be affected by the Employment Regulation File (ERE) that it proposes for its three companies in Spain – Telefónica Móviles, Telefónica Soluciones and Telefónica España – to 3,959, according to union sources.
Telefónica and the unions met again this Wednesday at the negotiation tables of the three legal entities of Telefónica in Spain ( Telefónica España, Móviles and Soluciones ) for the negotiation of the ERE proposed by the company, which initially amounted to 5,124 surplus positions, almost a third of its total workforce.
During today’s meetings, the company has reduced the departures from its ERE to around 4,000 workers, as EXPANSIÓN announced on December 11. The specific number of maximum departures has been estimated at 3,959 workers from non-critical areas, while these will not affect those considered critical, which include commercial areas or the development of new technologies. This figure would represent around 25% of the total workforce.
Although the telecom’s new position represents a concession with respect to the initial number of casualties proposed, since it is reduced by 23% compared to the first proposal, Telefónica has nevertheless tightened the negotiation in economic terms by presenting the unions with certain conditions. much less generous remuneration than in the three PSI plans (Individual Separation Plan) that it proposed in 2016, 2019 and 2021. If in the first two (2016 and 2019) it ended up offering to pay 68% of the regulatory salary annually – which includes fixed salary, plus the variable salary and plus other additional concepts such as food checks, for example – already in 2019 that figure dropped to 65%. The negotiations of the PSI were proposed in a climate of great agreement, but the negotiation of this ERE is being proposed in a much tougher format, as usually occurs in the negotiations of any ERE, leaving behind the previous atmosphere of agreement and consensus. Telefónica’s proposals appear to be due to the intention to substantially reduce the unit cost of departures, which in the last PSI of 2021 rose to 464,500 euros per worker.
Now, Telefónica proposes for those born in 1968 (55 years old) to receive 60% of the regulatory salary until the age of 63 and 30% until the age of 65. For older workers, who in the past refused to benefit from PSI, conditions are gradually worsening. Thus, for those born in 1967, 1966 or 1965 (56, 57 or 58 years old) it offers 55% of the salary until age 63 and also 30% until age 65. And finally for those born in 1964 or earlier (59 years or plus) offers 50% of the regulatory salary up to age 63 and 30% up to age 65. In addition, the teleco would pay the benefits of the special Social Security agreement up to age 63 and would cover 40% of the cost of the basic health policy and risk insurance up to age 61.
UGT has described this offer as “nonsense”, and points out that “it is very far from any type of agreement in line with previous exits”, predicting that with this proposal “there will be no agreement.” The union has demanded from Telefónica “a serious proposal with economic amounts that improve the provisions of the previous exit plans” and has reiterated its request that these be voluntary and allow access to retirement.
Finally, he insisted that “in no case” will there be an agreement if the company’s new collective agreement is not signed, after this table also met today without any notable progress.
Telefónica – which has not reported on the negotiations – and unions will meet again tomorrow to continue negotiations.