Government, Government and unions are summoned to December 17 to find a solution for the Free Zone
Government, Government and unions are summoned to December 17 to find a solution for the Free Zone

The meeting of the Nissan reindustrialization table, convened after the Chinese GWM withdrew its interest, ends without fixing a solution.

Exterior of the Nissan factory in the Zona Franca of Barcelona

After more than six hours of meetings, the representatives of the Government, the Government and the unions have called for next December 17 to find a solution for the facilities that Nissan will leave in the Barcelona Free Zone. The withdrawal of the Chinese Great Wall Motors has caused the solution that had the most support to disappear and now other alternatives have to be taken up.

Next Friday, Nissan’s reindustrialization table hopes to have made progress in negotiations with potential investors to close an agreement at the end of the year for the land of Nissan. The options of the electromobility hub and the logistics center now appear as the ones with the most ballots to take over the land.

The group made up of representatives of the Government, the Government of the Generalitat and unions, who are being advised by KPMG, has different alternatives for the Free Zone facilities. The problem is that, unlike GWM’s proposal, which pleased everyone involved, not all the alternatives fit into the schemes of the three negotiators.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has explained that, after a detailed study of the last proposal in which public aid and the rental conditions of the facilities were improved, GWM confirmed that it would not continue with the project.

Faced with this situation, “the objective of the Government continues to be to close an agreement with investors that guarantee productive capacities and employment and for this it will continue to work with several investment projects who aspire to reindustrialize Nissan facilities” explained ministerial sources.

Do you also abandon me? Calviño asked BBVA

First, it was the defection of the CEOE, which finally realized that the third vice president, Yolanda Diaz, manipulated them. It is no longer so easy for the communist to reach agreements on labor matters. Second, it was the INE, which lowered GDP growth to 1.1% in the second quarter when the Government boasted of 2.8%. Stab at the macroeconomic picture of the General State Budget project for 2022.

Third, the flight of Iberdrola and the electricity companies, resorting to the PNV to prevent benefits from being plundered by decree. The IMF recently substantially lowered the increase in GDP for 2021 forecast by the Government (6.5%). In addition, the governor of the Bank of Spain has become critical of the drift of the economic measures of the Government, which he accuses of being ideologized. Now it is the BBVA study service that is throwing the Government’s forecasts out of the water, leaving this year’s growth at 5.2%.

It is possible that Calvinoeconomic vice president, has addressed Charles Torrespresident of BBVA, and said the famous phrase of Jesus to his disciples when he explained the Passion that he had to suffer: do you also abandon me?

Because Calviño’s Passion has begun. Accounts of him are turning into tales. Stories that he has to explain to Brussels, where he still has prestige. Prestige that Sánchez, with his government partners and parliamentary allies, are going to undermine. Prestige that we Spaniards still need so that the supplies of the 140,000 million euros of the Next Generation or EU recovery funds are not cut off.

Calviño’s Passion has begun. The accounts of him are turning into tales

Little by little, those responsible for business decisions in Spain are abandoning the vice president. These echoes are reaching international markets. They have already arrived and hence, the least direct investment in Spain. In the end they will also reach Brussels and other community institutions, such as the ECB. Then the prestige of our economic leaders will be questioned.

But BBVA has not completely abandoned Vice President Calviño; she has been prudent in her forecasts. Readers remember that I have been insisting that I don’t think we will grow above 5%. That’s why I think your study service must have been moderated. After all, a company of its size should not get too wet against political power. Another thing is what they say internally.

For example, with regard to inflation, it seems to me that he has been prudent in stating that, although we will finish with the 4% increase in the CPI (Consumer Price Index) at the end of 2021, with an average of 2.8% in the year, this study service forecasts 1.8% for 2022.

In my opinion, if their forecasts come true in 2021, the unions of the big companies will have no choice but to request that wages be revised upwards in the first half of 2022. Yes, in addition, the Government complies with its desire to raise the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) to 1,000 euros at the beginning of 2022, that will also push the hierarchical salary scale. Above all, in sectoral agreements that do not take into account the characteristics of each company in particular.

Some SMEs are holding back on their price increases for fear that demand will drop. But if labor costs are added to the increase in energy costs and the lack of some supplies, in the end they will rise. That will fuel inflation in a country of services like ours, in which the weight of wages in the final product is high.

So the BBVA study service has not yet completely abandoned Calviño and his macroeconomic forecasts. Has been moderate and cautiousboth in the rise in GDP in 2021 (which will be lower), and in inflation in 2022 (which will be higher).

The end will be when the CIS, chaired by José Félix Tezanos, declares the PP the winner against the PSOE in one of its famous and made-up polls. Then, Sánchez will say what Cesar exclaimed in his murder: Bruto, you too, my son? Are you Tezanos too, my sociologist?

*** JR Pin is a professor at IESE.

Hisense, Photo: Hisense

Negotiations between employers and the Government run aground: the three-day carrier strike continues

The CNTC, which recognizes progress, also maintains the trucker demonstrations for tomorrow.

Trucks stopped at a service station.

The fifth and last meeting between the administration and the Committee for the Transport of Goods by Road (CNTC) has ended without an agreement, but with progress. So that the three-day strike continues (December 20, 21 and 22) convened by the employers and for which there is exactly one week left. Trucker demonstrations are also held for tomorrow.

Although during the meeting there has been some progress in the negotiation, “it is still insufficient” for the CNTC, which is pending receipt of a written proposal from the Government what concrete your offer in order to be valued, as reported in a statement.

All this after the fourth meeting, held yesterday, Monday, did not end well at all. The Government made ugly that “the CNTC’s brief addressed aspects that were not within the scope of negotiation.”

That is, the ban on drivers loading and unloading trucks, the non-implementation of the Eurovignette, the mandatory application of the fuel cost review clause and the construction of safe rest areas for professionals.

Sources from the Ministry assure that they continue working to try to avoid unemployment. “From the Ministry we will dedicate the time it takes to find an agreement within the negotiation perimeter initially marked”, they add.

Manifestation

On the other hand, the Spanish Freight Transport Confederation (CETM) and Fenadismertogether with the rest of the business organizations that have called for the lockout, have organized a demonstration of trucks through the streets of Madrid for this Wednesday, December 15, and other cities in Spain.

In addition to the called bosses’ strike, the unions have also warned that they will carry out mobilizations For its part, if the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and the employers do not sit down with them to solve the main problems of the sector.

Government, Government and unions are summoned to December 17 to find a solution for the Free Zone

The meeting of the Nissan reindustrialization table, convened after the Chinese GWM withdrew its interest, ends without fixing a solution.

Exterior of the Nissan factory in the Zona Franca of Barcelona

After more than six hours of meetings, the representatives of the Government, the Government and the unions have called for next December 17 to find a solution for the facilities that Nissan will leave in the Barcelona Free Zone. The withdrawal of the Chinese Great Wall Motors has caused the solution that had the most support to disappear and now other alternatives have to be taken up.

Next Friday, Nissan’s reindustrialization table hopes to have made progress in negotiations with potential investors to close an agreement at the end of the year for the land of Nissan. The options of the electromobility hub and the logistics center now appear as the ones with the most ballots to take over the land.

The group made up of representatives of the Government, the Government of the Generalitat and unions, who are being advised by KPMG, has different alternatives for the Free Zone facilities. The problem is that, unlike GWM’s proposal, which pleased everyone involved, not all the alternatives fit into the schemes of the three negotiators.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has explained that, after a detailed study of the latest proposal in which public aid and the rental conditions of the facilities were improved, GWM confirmed that it would not continue with the project.

Faced with this situation, “the objective of the Government continues to be to close an agreement with investors that guarantee productive capacities and employment and for this it will continue to work with several investment projects who aspire to reindustrialize Nissan facilities” explained ministerial sources.

The carriers continue without reaching an agreement with the Government and maintain the three-day strike

The CNTC hopes to receive a proposal from the Government that addresses its claims just one week after the lockout.

Carriers

The fourth and last meeting between the administration and the Committee for the Transport of Goods by Road (CNTC) has ended without agreement. So he maintains the three-day strike (December 20, 21 and 22) called by the bosses and for which there is exactly one week left.

At this meeting, the Committee’s response document to the proposal for measures presented by the Ministry on December 9 was analyzed, where there were already important advances that made the Government see the solution closer.

However, “the CNTC’s letter addresses aspects that were not in the negotiation perimeter,” say Ministry sources, who assure that the document from the previous meeting “collects far-reaching measures, which respond to their claims and that They represent unprecedented progress.”

For its part, the CNTC has uniformly maintained its claim line “without any progress having been made regarding matters already known,” they point out in a statement. the bosses It has made it ugly that the Secretary of State was not present at this meetingIsabel Pardo de Vera, who was the one who had summoned them.

The Ministry has highlighted the need to seek an agreement in the negotiation perimeter that was initially marked and in the aspects referred to in its strike call: “The prohibition of drivers loading and unloading trucks , the non-implementation of the Eurovignette, mandatory application of the fuel cost review clause and the construction of safe rest areas for professionals”.

The CNTC claims to have expressed its willingness to negotiate until the last moment. So he maintains the strike called for December 20, 21 and 22 “waiting to receive a proposal from the Government to address their claims.”

The representatives of the Ministry have also transferred to the CNTC the convenience of resolving the negotiation “as soon as possible to be able to give certainty to the economy and to all citizens.”

Manifestation

On the other hand, the Spanish Freight Transport Confederation (CETM)together with the rest of the business organizations that have called for the lockout, have organized a demonstration of trucks through the streets of Madrid for this Wednesday, December 15, at Ifema.

In addition to the employer’s strike called, the unions have also warned that they will carry out mobilizations on their part if the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and the employers do not sit down with them to solve the main problems of the sector.

The Free Zone puzzle against the clock gets complicated: these are the pieces that Industry, Government and unions handle

The definitive ‘no’ of the Chinese GWM to take over the Nissan facilities opens the door to different alternatives.

Logistics park in the Free Zone of Barcelona.

The step back taken by China’s Great Wall Motors (GWM) to take over the facilities that Nissan will vacate in the Barcelona Free Trade Zone has complicated the puzzle that had been prepared to reindustrialise the land. Representatives of the Government of Spain, the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the unions yesterday held a meeting in which, after more than six hours, all the interested parties were once again summoned to the next december 17.

Now a week begins in which the negotiations with the rest of the interested companies will be held against the clock. And it is that, the calendar presses. On December 31, Nissan will end its activity in the Catalan facilities with the impact that this will have, not only for the employees of its plant, but for the entire auxiliary industry that was related to the Japanese brand.

After the double Asian disappointment, the Free Zone reindustrialization table, which is being advised by KPMG, finds itself with a playing field with different solutions. Proposals that, unlike GWM’s, they do not have unanimity among those responsible for deciding the future of these facilities.

The interest in transferring the activity to these lands was not only limited to the Chinese brand. Companies of different sizes and industries have shown their willingness to settle on the land that Nissan will leave free. The problem lies in finding a solution that has the same level of support that GWM had among the government, government and unions.

electromobility hub

After the definitive no of the Chinese company, the option of the Electromobility Hub has won integers. This proposal aims acquire 400,000 square meters of the facilities. With this, the company intends to manufacture 100,000 vehicles per year for fleets.

QEV Technologies engineering would lead a project made up of national and international companies. The so-called Barcelona Decarbonisation Hub (D-HUB) would also have with the Swedish companies Inzile and Volta Trucks as strategic partners.

To complete this proposal, the rest of the land would be dedicated to a logistics center. In the same way, Silence would also keep part of the facilities that Nissan leaves. The objective of the company, controlled by Acciona, would be Take advantage of your landing in these facilities to increase your capabilities.

Specifically, the company intends to manufacture 25,000 motorcycles and 40,000 units of its removable battery electric car. This project would entail an initial investment close to 30 million euros. An alternative that, although it does not have the volumes of Nissan, does have the approval of the reindustrialization table as its proposal perfectly squares with the objectives set for the facilities.

Other alternatives

In addition to this group of proposals, those in charge of looking for alternatives for the Free Trade Zone have received other interests. One of the clearest is the one carried out by Tess Defense. The entity, owned by Santa Bárbara, Indra, Escribano and Sapa, intends to carry out the maintenance of armored vehicles on Nissan land. A proposal that was categorically rejected by the Generalitat.

In addition, the Goodman real estate company has also shown its willingness to take over the Catalan facilities. The Australian would put 550 million euros on the table. An amount with which expects to generate more than 3,200 direct jobs. Although the proposal is attractive, it is feared that it will have difficulties in relocating current Nissan employees. One reason that has made this solution lose interest.

Similarly, Consum has also put on the table its intention to create a logistics center for its Catalan structure. An alternative that doesn’t have much support because it would cover fewer jobs and, furthermore, they would be of lower levels than those of industrial companies.

Thus, during the next four days, those responsible for finding a way out of the crisis caused by the departure of Nissan from the Free Zone will experience a real rally. A few days that promise to be strenuous and in which, not ruled out, the appearance of a new proposal to turn the game board of this negotiation upside down again.