Rioglass: workforce agrees to lay-offs

The workforce at the Rioglass Astur plant at Mieres, north-west Spain, approved on 25 March 2009 the temporary employment regulation (ERE) proposed by the company that will affect 110 of the approxima…

The workforce at the Rioglass Astur plant at Mieres, north-west Spain, approved on 25 March 2009 the temporary employment regulation (ERE) proposed by the company that will affect 110 of the approximately 150 workers until the end of 2009, as reported by union SOMA-FIA-UGT. Turnout for the vote was 89.7% of the workforce with 115 (87.7%) in favour and 15 (11.45%) against. SOMA considers that the agreement contains “future commitments” for the factory and warned that “it is striking that this ERE is rejected and others are signed with comparable conditions far worse than this”. The union stressed “the commitment and sacrifice” of the workers as a contribution to the future of the company, which demanded the implementation of commitments undertaken and pointed out that “now is the time for investment, innovation and the search for new markets”. The union also assured that it will carry out “firm monitoring and control” of the agreement. The proposal as agreed reduces the number of workers affected by the ERE by 40, but extends the term to nine months compared to the six initially proposed by the company.