The trickle of collective layoffs that worsened during 2020 continues at the beginning of this year
A total of 1,064 workers were fired in Catalonia via ERE during the first month of this 2021. The trickle of collective layoffs that worsened during 2020 continues this year and is adding names to the list. This is confirmed by the data from Department of Labor of the Generalitat updated this Wednesday, which reveal that 33 companies in Catalonia they formalized a file of extinction.
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Signatures like U-Shin, specialized in the manufacture of automotive components, closed its employment regulation file (ERE) this January. The 72 employees of its plant in Abrera, in the process of closing, will leave with a severance pay of 45 days per year worked, according to the CCOO in a statement. Others, like those of Axa Interpartner, are in the process of closing the file that their company has raised, which intends to terminate 54 employees. Or the 119 workers that the emblematic Imaginarium toy chain still conserves throughout Spain. The firm, in the process of bankruptcy, was already reaching the Covid crisis suffocated by debt and poor business results. And the restrictions and the closure of large areas, due to sanitary measures, has been the last straw for its massive closure. According to union sources consulted, their workers have not been paid since January.
The dismissal statistics confirm the crisis that a large part of the Catalan business fabric is going through. This January the Department of Labor recorded 1,064 people affected by collective dismissals, when in January of last year there were only 59 employees laid off. Despite the escalation of layoffs, at the moment companies are mostly managing the ravages of the pandemic via suspensions. In plants such as Girbau’s in Vic, workers have managed to force the company to withdraw its file and bet on applying a three-month erte.In Catalonia, according to the latest data compiled by the Ministry of Labor, there are about 171,000 workers affected by an erte.