At that time, almost most of the 4,600 employees de Viajes El Corte Inglés are covered by the ERTE mechanism, many of them with a reduction in working hours of between 30% and 60%. There is precisely 3,300 employees in this situationas this newspaper has learned.
This branch of the distribution giant will reorganize its division of Business trip with the aim of adapting it to the new market situation and maintaining the competitiveness of this sector of activity. This area accounts for about 26% of the total workforce, about 1,200 workersas you learned THE OBJECTIVE. To begin the negotiation process, the company summoned the workers’ representatives on Friday, summoning them to a dialogue table.
This opens up a period of five days to constitute these dialogue tables. For the moment, the negotiating table has not been set up. “It will be done in the next few days, there is a deadline until Monday,” explain union sources. The process should be completed in March, as this newspaper learned.
Trip to El Corte Inglés, at ERTE
The company informed the unions of its intention to initiate a contract termination procedure, as well as another ERTE, mainly for workers in the Business trip. this segment It is the one that has recovered the most from the crisis, sources close to the situation tell THE OBJECTIVE, and therefore it will be the one that will affect the process the most. “This does not mean that all workers will be affected“, assure these sources, since it will be the negotiation which now begins which will finally settle the final assignment.
A domain, that of Business tripin which there is 1,200 workers, according to sources from the SPV, the majority union of Viajes El Corte Inglés, assures this newspaper. “They haven’t said if it will affect anyone else,” the sources add. The business travel industry, these sources agree, is one that “still doesn’t raise its head”.
“All workers have a percentage of reduced working hours greater than 60%“, they acknowledge. Although in the rest of the travel areas of El Corte Inglés the impact is less, practically all have a reduction percentage close to 50%, according to union sources. “The situation is very complicated because it is changing,” they add.
“Suddenly it drops to 50% and suddenly a variant comes and you have to increase it again because sales are falling again, it’s a complicated situation because often the amount of work is not in line with the income” , explain the unions. In this context “there are peaks in major works but budget cancellations and controls. But there is no income,” they admit.
Alliance with Logitravel
The announcement of the reorganization of the business travel division coincides with the merger with Logitravel. At the end of January, Viajes El Corte Inglés and Logitravel reached an agreement with Alpitour Group and Jumbo Tours launch a cut
business (a strategic alliance) so that the company DMC (Destination Management Company) is called With you.
Contigo will specialize in the incoming activity of the main tourist destinations such as the Peninsula, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, France, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the USA, North Africa, Italy, Cuba or the Maldives. . Destinations with high demand and great interest for Grupo Viajes El Corte Inglés, as announced by the company. “With this new joint venture, in addition, it is intended to meet the customer not only holidays but also to Corporate and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions/Events),” Jorge Schoenenberger, CEO of Grupo Viajes El Corte Inglés said in a statement.
After the announcement of this alliance, which in the words of Schoenenberger himself would also improve corporate travel, came the announcement of the restructuring. In the midst of this information, the workers say they feel “confused, we don’t know anything”, they assure L’OBJECTIF.
Increase in EREs
If nothing changes, the fifth ERTE extension due to Covid will expire on February 28. “In principle, we cannot work with the scenario of a new extension,” say union sources on the future of workers at Viajes El Corte Inglés, once this process has been launched.
“With the paces that government decrees usually take in this matter, the truth is that I am not at all optimistic that there will be anything before we finish the negotiation. The last time was 48 hours before the end of the negotiation. ‘expiry of the deadline and the precedents were similar, I am not very optimistic that they will get anything out of this problem,’ say union sources close to the future negotiation of the restructuring of Viajes El Corte Inglés.
But this process of “reorganizing” work will not be the only ones we see these days. “We are very afraid that in the next few days there will be a trail of companies with communications of this type”, assure these sources. In other words, many companies, mainly in the tourism and travel sector, the most affected by the pandemic, will announce that they are starting contract termination procedures. “With the uncertainty of not knowing whether or not they will be able to extend ERTES due to force majeure, many companies are working on it,” they add.