Repsol Petróleo workers in Puertollano take to the streets to reject the ERTE

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The Repsol Petróleo Works Council in Puertollano (Ciudad Real) has decided to take the first actions to reject the ERTE raised by the company, which will materialize in a daily presence at the company doors and at various points in Puertollano to inform the citizenship of the problem that an ERTE entails that, in principle, affect 618 people for a maximum period of six months.

In a statement sent to the workers, the unions within the works council, UGT, CCOO and STR, apart from other actions not yet confirmed, have set out a roadmap in defense of the industry and employment in the Puertollano region with different measures to express the opinion of the workers regarding the “unilateral” decision of the company.

Thus, starting this Monday, April 12, the committee will be daily in the gazebo of Gate 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Starting Tuesday, these actions will be supplemented daily from 6.45 am to 7.30 am at Gate 9.

Throughout the week, the Works Council will hold informative meetings at the refinery jobs, and every Thursday a follow-up meeting will be held within the committee to evaluate the development of the measures taken and develop, where appropriate, new measures for the company to “retrain”.

On the other hand, citizens will be informed of the problems that the ERTE entails for the population in different parts of Puertollano. On Tuesday 13, an information point will be installed at 7:00 p.m. in the Constitution Square-Town Hall; on Wednesday 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Concha de la Música; on Thursday 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Polígono Escaparate, in front of the Sánchez Menor Stadium; on Friday the 16th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Plaza María Auxiliadora-Salesianos; and on Saturday the 17th, at 10 am at the market.

In its statement, the works council, with the unanimity of all union sections, has expressed its “frontal opposition” to the temporary employment regulation file communicated by the company.

In the opinion of the committee, the productive causes that the company argues “seem little justified when the health authorities foresee a second quarter of mass vaccination, more flexible mobility and when the increase in refining margins cause other refineries in the country to start putting the units that were being stopped are in motion. ‘

“We believe that the real reasons that lead the company to propose such nonsense are of another nature. To intimidate the workers for the future negotiation of the Framework Agreement of the Repsol Group and influence a regulatory framework regarding the energy transition, are the conclusions that we draw from the statements that the company itself has published in the media and through Repsol’s internal network ”, reads the message from the unions.

For the committee, jobs “cannot be questioned in this way by the company.” “The professionalism and commitment of all the people who work in the refinery, our own personnel and auxiliary companies, will be the key to Repsol’s energy transformation in the future”, he emphasizes, while warning that “if Repsol thinks that This is the best way to start working on the future challenges set out in your Strategic Plan. You make a mistake of a great magnitude.

Lastly, it asks the workers of the petrochemical complex, auxiliary companies, businesses, the self-employed and the general public to join in and get involved in defense of the jobs and the future of the region. “It affects us all,” he stresses.

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