UGT rejects the brand new ERE of Ford Almussafes and calls for the identical circumstances of the final adjustment | Economy | EUROtoday

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Extraordinary assembly of its members at Ford Almussafes to evaluate the current situation after the ERE proposed by Ford Spain for 1,622 workers and the negotiation margins for a possible agreement.  EFE/Kai Forsterling
Extraordinary meeting of its members at Ford Almussafes to guage the present state of affairs after the ERE proposed by Ford Spain for 1,622 employees and the negotiation margins for a attainable settlement. EFE/Kai ForsterlingKai Forsterling (EFE)

The UGT-Ford Assembly has rejected the corporate's proposal for a brand new Employment Regulation File (ERE) on the Almussafes manufacturing facility (Valencia) and has proposed negotiating an ERE that “guarantees the same conditions” because the earlier ones. This is obvious from the proposal accepted unanimously on the extraordinary meeting held this Saturday by the union, which might be defended subsequent Monday the seventeenth on the ERE negotiation assembly earlier than the manufacturing facility administration.

This assembly was referred to as after this Wednesday the chief of the Ford manufacturing facility in Almussafes knowledgeable the unions that the brand new ERE will have an effect on 1,622 employees – of the 4,800 that make up the workforce. In precept, 626 of them can be everlasting incentivized dismissals and 996 can be goal layoffs with desire for rehiring in 2027, the 12 months wherein the launch of the brand new multi-energy car that the plant will manufacture is scheduled.

In this sense, the union group has agreed to oppose the proposal for dismissals with desire for rehiring and to attempt to negotiate an ERE that “guarantees the same conditions” because the file that was closed in April 2023, wherein 1,124 staff left the corporate. Valencian manufacturing facility by way of early retirement plans and an incentivized exit program.

In addition, that is the fourth ERE in Almussafes since Ford started its restructuring in Europe in 2018. The union has additionally demanded to barter a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) RED mechanism or, in its place, a plan with “similar guarantees”, whereas agreeing that, “in any case, the salary supplement must guarantee up to the 90% of the salary.”

Finally, UGT-Ford has agreed that at subsequent Monday's assembly with the manufacturing facility administration it’ll request that the requires the Career Development Plans be resumed, in addition to a dedication to carry collectively the Observatory for Electrification fee, with the target of “analyzing in advance any measure deemed necessary by any of the parties.”

After the assembly final Wednesday, the multinational defined that “the plant currently has a surplus of personnel of around 1,600 employees.” “Of these 1,600 employees, it is estimated that approximately 600 are structural, while a transition solution could be negotiated for another 1,000, until production of the new vehicle begins,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.

Thus, Ford assured that it’s “committed to working constructively with workers' legal representation and national and regional governments to find all possible opportunities to reduce the impact on Ford employees, their families and the local community.” This new ERE was proposed after the administration introduced the launch of a brand new multi-energy car in mid-2027 that might be manufactured within the Valencian manufacturing facility. It is a world car whose annual manufacturing will attain 300,000 models. Ford administration assured that the intention to barter this ERE doesn’t change the corporate's goal of producing this mannequin. It needs to be remembered that Almussafes at the moment solely produces the Ford Kuga, after the cessation of manufacturing of the Transit van on April 17.

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