The social dialogue allows a new agreement in the Zaragoza plant and ensures its sustainable future
After intense and challenging negotiations carried out in a spirit of partnership, management and three out of five unions - UGT, CCOO and ACUMAGME - representing 75% of the employees, reached a social framework agreement at the Zaragoza plant for the next 5 years, that has been ratified today by the majority of workers . In exercise of responsibility, both parties have understood that competitiveness and performance in comparison to other plants within the Groupe PSA portfolio, as well as to competitors sites, is the only way to create a sustainable future for the plant.
This social framework agreement for Zaragoza is part of the company’s PACE! Plan and will contribute to the clear objective for Opel Vauxhall to become profitable again by 2020. This agreement will support the plant to achieve the necessary level of performance.
It will be valid for the period between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2022. It includes wage moderation, variable pay linked to business performance indicators and individual performance, increase of working time, adapting working practices and operational flexibility to changing business conditions and commitment to address workforce rejuvenation.
Since 1982, the Zaragoza plant has produced almost 13 million cars and more than 3.5 million sets of components. Last year, 5,389 employees (December 31, 2017) worked in Zaragoza and produced 382,425 vehicles – an increase of 6% compared to 2016. For the fifth consecutive year, the Zaragoza plant has improved its production volumes and will continue to strive to achieve a better utilisation of its productive capacity. Last year, Zaragoza produced the Opel Corsa (196,424 units), Opel Mokka X (68,172 units), the Opel Crossland X (62,885 units since April), the Citroën C3 Aircross (37,034 units since August) and the Opel Meriva (17,919 until March).
Zaragoza plant is part of the industrial complex of Groupe PSA in Spain, together with Vigo and Madrid. With this agreement, Groupe PSA reinforces its position as an industrial leader in the country. In 2017, 876,672 vehicles from 12 different models came out of the Vigo, Zaragoza and Madrid production centers, a figure that places the Group as the leading car manufacturer in our country, with a 31% share of the total production: 1 out of every 3 vehicles produced in Spain comes from the Groupe PSA plants. 86.8% of the Spanish production of Groupe PSA exported to the international market, in a sector such as the automotive industry, which represents 10% of the national GDP
“We are taking an important step forward to boost the plant’s performance. Over three decades of history in Spain, the maturity of the social dialogue and historical values of the Zaragoza plant, were key enablers to overcome a complex situation,” said Antonio Cobo, Plant Manager Zaragoza.
“With this agreement, the strengths of the plant and the commitment of the employees, we are securing the plant’s future. The competitive labour agreement is a pre-condition for any future investment, future models,” said Remi Girardon, Opel Managing Director Manufacturing.