Updated on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 17:15
The operator softens the adjustment from 515 to 509 employees, but concentrates it on its 34 own stores: 237 workers who were classified as essential and who now seem expendable.
Vodafone headquarters in Madrid.EM
Vodafone Spain wants to close all its stores in Spain, 34 of its own facilities that will disappear as part of the ERE that the telecommunications operator is currently going through. The company’s Human Resources team has specified in a meeting with the workers’ representatives its plan to carry out the workforce adjustment that was announced two weeks ago. The objective is to drastically reduce the physical presence of the company in the country’s geography, to enhance remote customer service and digitization of its activities.
According to union sources present in the negotiations, the company intends that practically half of the ERE’s impact be covered by the commercial team of those stores, 237 Vodafone Spain employees. The initial proposal for the employment regulation file estimated the cut at 515 employees, but Vodafone Spain has softened the data to 509 people, as was stated in the first meeting of the negotiating table, held this Tuesday.
Some unions, such as the UGT, have criticized the decision to end its own stores, and recalled that the regular workers on whom this ERE seems to focus “did the hardest months of the pandemic, those in which they had to attend to the population, in person, to try to meet the communication needs that made it possible for economic activity to continue (…) They were and are essential workers, not the pagans of the lack of success of bad managers “.
Vodafone Spain currently has 34 own stores, practically half concentrated in four cities: there are 6 in Madrid. 4 in Barcelona, 2 in Seville and 2 in Valencia. The rest of the establishments where only Vodafone products and services can be found are distribution stores, commissioned by the company. In total, Vodafone has 600 stores in Spain through franchises and distributors.
In addition, the company representatives have offered 33 days per year worked with a limit of 24 monthly payments and early retirement from 56 years.
The procedure of Vodafone Spain, which will end the negotiating table on October 27, “is justified by economic, productive and organizational reasons “, as communicated by Vodafone Spain, and “it is encouraged by the market trend in the telecommunications sector and by the need to improve its operational performance by accelerating its digital transformation strategy”.
Vodafone Spain launched its last ERE in 2019, also for “economic, productive and organizational reasons.” The operator has already accumulated eight employment regulation files since 2000.
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