Updated Friday, September 24, 2021 – 12:04
A Vueling plane takes off in El Prat
The air sector covers its back in case the Government does not finally reach an agreement to extend the ERTE due to force majeure. After Iberia and Globalia, owner of Air Europa, it is Vueling that is now proposing an ERTE for productive causes for its staff. In the event that an agreement is not reached, the ERTE will be activated, affecting 4,000 workers. There are already almost 30,000 employees in the sector to whom these conditions will apply if there is no extension.
The airline informed the unions Thursday night of its intention to initiate this process in order to address an autumn in which they foresee air traffic levels still well below the assumable. Although domestic demand has recovered this summer, not so business trips or long-haul flights, overseas.
“The company wants to start the procedure for the suspension of employment contracts of all the groups of the Company for organizational and production causes caused by the current situation that the Covid is assuming in our sector “, as communicated last night to the unions.
“This summer has been better than last but without launching bells to the flight, because although 67% of the flights have recovered, only 60% of passengers have done so, and so far this year only one of them has flown. every three passengers who did so before the pandemic “, points out Javier Gndara, president of Ala, the employer’s association of the airlines that operate in Spain.
ALA requests that these ERTE be extended due to force majeure in order to sustain the sector in the coming months, “as it is too early to foresee how demand will behave,” he says.
From vueling they explain that they have been summoned the negotiating tables with the unions in order to activate the ERTE in case the Government does not extend those of force majeure. If an agreement is finally reached, “the meeting will not take place.” Company sources trust that this extension will be maintained
Wednesday was the tour group Globalia, owner of the airline Air Europa, Be Live Hotels or Halcn Viajes, which announced an ERTE that would affect 9,000 employees, 60% of the workforce.
This file, as in the case of Vueling, will be activated if the Government and the social agents do not agree to an extension. On Monday Iberia (which, like Vueling, belongs to the IAG group) announced that it is also opting for this alternative given the forecast that demand will be low this fall.
In total, there are almost 20,000 employees of the air sector affected by the low activity that are in the limbo of the ERTE. The Government’s proposal to the social agents involves extending the ERTE until January 31 and linking the exemptions to training actions for the affected workers, something that has not convinced the self-employed.
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