Unfortunately the workers of the Opel de Figueruelas have been forced, once again, to accept the Collective Agreement. The other option was the loss of the Opel Corsa, which keeps the plant alive.
In total, 2,827 votes have supported this agreement. Against the 2,008 votes of the employees who have positioned themselves against.
In this way, the preliminary agreement signed on Monday, January 29 between the unions and the PSA Group was confirmed.
This Zaragoza plant, one of the most important of the company in America, has a total of 5,300 employees. Of which 4,959 voted for the new agreement. Of that total, 2,827 accepted the new agreement.
The new agreement of the Opel de Figueruelas
Not all that glitters is gold. The new agreement implies that the workers accept, once again, very unfavorable economic conditions for them. This has been the only way for the workers to ensure that the brand does not move the Figueruelas plant elsewhere. Among the salary cuts, these have been the agreed adjustments:
- Salary freeze during 2018 (it should not be forgotten that salaries at this plant have already been frozen for several years).
- Increase in the CPI to 50% in 2019.
- Increase of the CPI to 60% in 2020 and 2021.
- Maintenance of the hiring of 170 workers. These employees have a temporary contract that will be maintained for the next few years.
- Reduction of rest time.
- Reduction of bonuses by 5%.
However, not everything is negative. Despite the salaries frozen for years, and the impossibility of obtaining a more decent salary, with this agreement 5 years of work are ensured .
Through the agreement, the PSA Group undertakes to continue manufacturing the Opel Corsa in Figueruelas . Today this manufacture occupies 50% of the production of this plant.
The condition of signing this agreement is to ensure the viability of the plant in the coming years by means of an industrial plan. Thanks to this agreement, Figueruelas will manufacture at its maximum capacity in the coming years. Which implies an average production of almost 480,000 units per year.
An accepted agreement with very tight deadlines
The PSA Group offered the plant workers as a deadline to review the agreement this Thursday. And it was precisely on Thursday, February 1, when the agreement was accepted.
The positive resolution by the employees has been linked to the group's threats to withdraw the manufacture of the Opel Corsa from the Figueruelas plant and transfer it to another part of the Spanish geography. Which would undoubtedly mean the closure of the factory. Well, the Corsa accounts for 50% of its production.
In this way, the first agreement with Figueruelas has been closed since the PSA Group was in charge of acquiring the Opel plant during 2017.
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