Telefónica ha disminuido a 4.000 la cantidad de personas perjudicadas por el expediente de regulación de empleo (ERE).

Telefónica has reduced the number of employees affected by the employment regulation procedure (ERE) to 3,959, 23% less than the initially proposed 5,124, according to the economic proposal presented this Wednesday to the unions in the negotiation meetings, as reported in separate statements by the UGT and Sumados unions.

The company has presented a social plan based on three categories for the collective dismissals, depending on the year of birth. The first category includes people born in 1968, who will receive 60% of the regulatory salary until the age of 63 and 30% until 65. The second category includes people born in 1967, 1966 or 1965, who will be paid 55% of the regulatory salary until the age of 63 and 30% until 65; while the third category includes workers born in 1964 or earlier, who will receive 50% of the regulatory salary until the age of 63 and 30% until 65.

The company has stated that the departures will take place in non-critical areas, reserving the right to veto for workers who apply in the considered critical areas. Additionally, it has committed to paying the Special Agreement with Social Security (CESS) until the age of 63 and has proposed covering 40% of the cost of basic health insurance until the age of 61 and a risk insurance until the same age.

The conditions of the ERE significantly worsen those agreed upon in the voluntary departure plans – officially known as Individual Separation Plans (PSI) – that the company has implemented in the last three workforce adjustments since 2016, which included payment of up to 68% of gross salary, as well as social security contributions and private health insurance.

Despite the reduction in the number of layoffs, UGT strongly rejects this latest offer, which comes in the third meeting between management and unions since the ERE was announced on December 4. The union “demands from the company a serious proposal with economic amounts that improve what is stipulated in previous departure plans and enable, in any case, voluntariness and access to retirement,” according to the statement.

On the other hand, the Sumados-Fetico union, which is part of the negotiation table along with CC OO, has considered the proposal to be “insufficient”, as it represents a “step back” compared to previously executed departure plans. Telefónica’s intention goes in the opposite direction to that of the unions, as its objective is to reduce the unit cost of departures, which in the last PSI of 2021 amounted to 464,500 euros per worker.

The negotiation of the ERE runs parallel to that of the collective agreement, which has also not made significant progress in the meeting held this Wednesday and which the unions link to the ERE as a joint issue. The next meeting for both negotiations will take place tomorrow, Thursday.

The ERE is planned for the workers of the three main Spanish subsidiaries of the company (Telefónica de España, Soluciones, and Móviles). To carry it out, the company argues that there is a “functional surplus” that was initially quantified at 5,124 employees, 32% of the 16,000 workers currently employed in the three divisions. With the announced reduction, that percentage is now 25%.

He is a journalist in the Economy section, specializing in Telecommunications and Transport. He has developed his career in various media outlets such as Europa Press, El Mundo, and now EL PAÍS. He is also the author of the book ‘Spain, Destination Third World’.

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