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Iberia will substitute workers from Bilbao if there is no agreement on handling in 24 hours

The company adds that the decision made will be “irreversible”, which is why it defends that the only viable alternative is to sign the proposed agreement.

Iberia has warned this Thursday that it would subrogate the ground service workers (‘handling’) at three of the airports that it lost in the Aena contest (Bilbao, Malaga and Alicante) in the new concessionaire companies if within 24 hours no agreement is signed with the unions. In an internal statement sent this Thursday, to which the EFE news agency had access, the airline indicates that if an agreement is not signed with the union representatives in the next 24 hours, it will announce this Friday that its workers at the Bilbao airports ( where the transfer of the license is set for February 20), Malaga (February 21) and Alicante (February 28), will be subrogated to third parties.

The calendar established by the handling sector agreement to ensure the rights of workers in surrogacy establishes a margin of 21 to 28 days in these transmissions.

The company adds that the decision made will be “irreversible” so it defends that the only viable alternative is to sign the agreement it proposes, which “guarantees the future of handling and its workers” for which it calls for “responsibility of everyone.” Remember that the loss of licenses in eight of the country’s main airports (except Madrid) in the contest that Aena failed in September launched a subrogation process endorsed by the sector agreement.

Iberia explains that it has maintained contacts with the airport manager Aena to try to achieve the extension of the commercial terms of the licenses and with the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (Aesa) to obtain the licenses that allow the creation of the new company it proposes. Iberia, 100% capital of its parent company, IAG. After losing the licenses and after four days of strike in Reyes, Iberia proposed to the unions to create a company with 100% capital of International Airlines Group (IAG) – to which, in addition to Iberia, British Airways, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Level belong – to provide ground service for all the group’s airlines (‘autohandling’), but the unions want this company to operate only in the eight lost airports.

“It has been and is indisputable the firm will and absolute determination of Iberia to put on the table a viable, solid, competitive and profitable alternative, which allows all Iberia workers to be kept under the umbrella of the IAG group and avoids subrogation” , he adds in his communication.

The new company must be equipped with sufficient competitiveness and guarantee the profitability required by the group under fair market price conditions, in order to serve all the companies in the group. That is why he remembers his offer that all workers in all Airport management centers become part of the new company, where they would maintain the conditions of the Iberia agreement and retain their rights, including the progression and seniority systems. Meanwhile, the workers who join the new company will do so under the conditions set out in the handling sector agreement.

At the same time, Iberia offers separation measures with improvements compared to the sector agreement, for a maximum of 1,727 employees until December 31, 2026 through incentivized leave and early retirement, although it maintains that it does not mean cutting the workforce but would replace outgoing workers. with others based on the profitability and growth of the company.

The new company would have a new brand and “real and viable possibilities” to develop and expand nationally and internationally, with an eye on Europe and Latin America.

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Source: Cincodias

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