Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA: union calls on BBVA staff in Spain to strike over layoff plans
Although Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) has scheduled another meeting next week with Spain’s second-largest bank, it does not expect any breakthrough, a spokesperson for the BBVA union said.
“Negotiations with the bank have not progressed on the layoff plans and we are officially calling for a strike on June 2,” the spokesperson said, adding that the CCOO would also call for partial strikes and rallies. next week.
A spokesperson for BBVA declined to comment.
BBVA said last month it plans to cut 3,800 jobs and close nearly a quarter of its branches, in order to accommodate a shift in customer base to online banking.
The bank recently proposed to reduce that number to around 3,300 employees, but CCOO believes that this figure is still too high and is more demanding than any reduction should be through voluntary dismissal and early retirement. .
He also calls for greater financial compensation for those leaving BBVA as a result of the cuts.
Official talks with BBVA to reach a deal are expected to end on June 4, CCOO said.
There have been other protests in Spain against plans by five Spanish banks to cut a total of 18,000 jobs, which has coincided with government calls to limit the salaries of the country’s main bankers.
(Reporting by Jesús Aguado; Editing by Andrei Khalip and Alexander Smith)