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Telefónica prepares to negotiate the transfer of employees to ’empty Spain’

Date: June 19, 2024 Time: 13:40:52

Telefónica continues to work on the activity map throughout Spain. It is the previous step to negotiate the relocation to the smallest provinces beyond the large population centers, such as Madrid and Barcelona. This had been considered as one of the commitments agreed in the last collective agreement, in force since 2019 and which today affects a workforce of more than 16,000 employees. It was also included in the social pact for employment signed two years later as a framework for the redundancy plan. Now from the unions they hope that there will be a first meeting to negotiate that ‘provincial’ relocation in the coming weeks. Today there is a bag of about 400 transfers that have not been resolved and that would be pending to establish a road map.

There was a first contact between the company and the unions last summer. However, both the CCOO and the UGT described this first version of the provincial map as “clearly insufficient”. He understood that the activities were not detailed by direction nor was a projection of future activities contemplated. This ‘inventory’ of jobs and loads seems decisive in order to analyze these relocations of activity. Union sources explain that a new meeting of the Commission for the Management of Resources is expected to be called in the next two weeks with a final document with which to negotiate. From the company they rule out making comments.

Article 136 of the second collective agreement for the three main subsidiaries in Spain -Telefónica de España, Telefónica Móviles and Telefónica Soluciones- contemplated the development of the activity map not only to distribute resources to areas where value creation activities are located also “the relocation of activities promoting a better relocation of resources and a greater number of voluntary transfers”. As they explain from CCOO, today there are about 400 changes of residence within the so-called ‘book of transfers’ of the group in Spain that have not been resolved.

In many cases, these changes of residence would also imply a change of activity. And from the unions it is proposed to transfer some of these jobs to those provinces far from the large nuclei, either through new work centers or through teleworking. But it is a particularly complex task in a structure as large as that of Telefónica. Criteria must be established to grant these relocations, the periods for which they are authorized or the possibility of a resignation by the employees.

Those affected by these relocation measures will be those included in the agreement of the three main subsidiaries. After the different workforce adjustments, executed through the two redundancy plans executed since the middle of the last decade, the Spanish telecommunications operator has a workforce of more than 16,000 employees. A very relevant part of them work in the two large urban centers.

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There is no specific term set by both parties, although the agreement establishes that both the activity map, the provincial efficiency plan and the relocation must be carried out “during the term”. This ends on December 31 if it is not extended for one more year. This is another of the labor fronts that are opened from now on: the negotiation of the agreement. Until now, union elections had slowed down the talks. Now there is only one vote left to configure the inter-centre committee at the national level – UGT has been made to be in charge of agreeing on all these issues.

None of the two parties, neither the management nor the unions, have yet denounced the agreement or have announced their intention to do so to start the negotiation of a new document. This is always risky in a situation like the current one, also for the workers’ representatives. As has been the case systematically in recent years, the long shadow of a new leave plan continues to be very present among the operator’s most veteran employees. The last departures of the previous one take place in the middle of last year.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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