The Japanese multinational Nissan has terminated the Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) that has been applied since 2017 to the more than 400 workers at its Ávila plant, ten months ahead of schedule within the factory’s Transformation Plan from a factory of industrial vehicles to another of spare parts.
This decision, which will come into force as of February 28 “thanks to the recovery of full employment”, has been transmitted this Thursday by the management of Nissan Ávila to the representatives of the workers, as reported in a press release by the partner
The goal: reach 458 “operative” workers
The social agreement signed in 2017 provided for the recovery of the entire workforce -between 350 and 400 employees- at the end of 2023, but Nissan highlights the fact that this February these figures have already been exceeded, reaching 458 “operative” workers.
The plan contemplated that on January 1, 2024, the factory located in the Las Hervencias industrial estate, in the capital of Avila, would recover full employment, while successive Temporary Employment Regulation Files (ERTE) were applied.
Less than a month ago, the president of the works council, Felipe González, confirmed to EFE that these ERTEs were no longer applied, although he specified that they continued “to be there” throughout 2023 in the event that it was necessary to put them into operation, since there had been a change in the trend due to the increase in activity, which meant that the staff had been fully staffed since last November.
Now, the management of Nissan considers the application of the ERTE to have ended, given the recovery of full employment in this factory, which has managed to reach the precision that existed in 2017, when the Industrial Plan was launched to make the conversion of the plant According to the company, the plant’s Transformation Plan “continues at a good pace” and the employment recovery objectives for the end of this year “have already been exceeded in the month of February, with 458 operational employees.”
Faced with this situation, the director of Nissan Ávila, Núria Cristobal, highlighted that this objective has been met ten months ahead of schedule “thanks to everyone’s commitment to the Transformation Plan”. In this sense, she has thanked the staff for the “effort made from the beginning” and the Junta de Castilla y León and the Ávila City Council for the “important support” that in her opinion they have “provided” to the company.
Likewise, he stressed that the Nissan plant in Avila “is heading towards the final stretch of the Transformation Plan to face a new business plan” taking into account that, in addition to this situation, the start-up of the stamping plant is added. in 2022, as well as the “next completion” of the construction works of the future logistics warehouse in the CyLoG enclave.
For his part, the director of Industrial Operations for Nissan in Spain, Javier Vila, explained that for the multinational, the project to transform the Ávila plant into a spare parts center for the companies of the Renault-Nissan Alliance “is is consolidating and will finish this year”.
“This plan will not allow the expansion of manufacturing activity and the generation of new business opportunities in other sectors and industrial activities,” Vila argued.
Of the three ‘pillars’ contemplated in the Industrial Plan, the one referring to the recovery of activity and employment has been fulfilled, as well as the one that contemplated the construction of the stamping plant, launched in the middle of last year with an investment close to 30 million euros.
The president of the Works Council highlighted a month ago that this new infrastructure is still not “everything operational that would be desirable”. The third ‘pillar’ referred to the logistics warehouse, currently under construction, waiting for the Castilla y León Junta to hand it over to Nissan “in the coming months”, commented Felipe González.