Madrid, Sep 20 (EFE) .- Iberia has proposed to the unions the negotiation of a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) for organizational and productive reasons that could affect between 4,000 and 5,000 workers, given the possibility that ERTE due to force majeure they are not extended in the air sector.
Company sources have explained to Efe that around 30% of the workforce, made up of more than 15,000 people, could be affected by this temporary file, the same percentage of drop in the airline’s activity as a result of the restrictions to the flights imposed to stop the expansion of the covid.
For Iberia, “the growing uncertainty about whether the ERTE of force majeure will be applied to the airline sector and under what conditions” has led it to initiate negotiations with the unions about this ERTE for organizational and productive reasons.
The company affirms that the limitations imposed on flights with the United States and Latin America – its most powerful market – have left operating capacity between 30% and 35% below pre-school levels in 2019.
The negotiation with the workers’ representatives takes place in parallel to the conversations between the Government and the social agents to extend the ERTE due to force majeure, in which the consulted sources consider that “there is a risk” that the airline sector will not be included , despite the fact that its recovery will not take place until, at least, the spring of 2022.
Currently, between 4,500 and 4,700 airline workers are in ERTE, who work around 70% of their hours, the same percentage in which the activity is located.
The company intends to close the negotiation before the end of the month, which is when the ERTEs due to force majeure agreed by the Government and social agents expire.
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