The plant of Alcoa San Cibrao , the only primary aluminum remaining in Spain , has experienced this Tuesday one of the most important days in its history, when go ahead with the acceptance of the last proposal of the multinational to interrupt the manufacture of this chemical element for two years.
The committee informed the press, at half past twelve, of the result of the referendum: a total of 1,063 registered workers, the votes cast have been 808, and, of them, 663 in favor (69.68%), 196 against (24.26%), 40 blank (4.95%) and 9 null (9.11%).
In contractor companies, which They could also exercise this right, the panorama has changed: the ballots have been 180, and of these 105 (58.3% against), 54 in favor (30%), and 21 blank (11.7%).
This has not prevented the from approving the agreement to be able to start the process of cessation of primary aluminum production and subsequent restart.
The negotiations developed throughout months ended with a single possibility by the company that owns the Cervo industrial complex (Lugo), which insisted, due to the alleged economic difficulties, in stop the electrolysis cells during those 24 months.
The proposed agreement that has now been endorsed contemplates that Alcoa undertakes to work with 8 energy suppliers with whom it is already in contact , to reach medium and long-term agreements (PPAs), which would enter into force at starting in 2024 and would be valid for 10 years.
Likewise, As reported by the group itself, it agrees to the creation of a monitoring table for the agreement and the agreed investments, formed by the business committee -two members per union – , the Xunta de Galicia and the Government of Spain , which will meet monthly for the first six months and quarterly after that half year.
Regarding the plans for 2022 and 2023, Alcoa offers guaranteed billing for the auxiliaries during the two first years , with contracts guaranteed for three years (from 2022 to 2024) for those external companies directly affected by the temporary termination.
In fact, Alcoa has reported that planned investments and other issues are expected to generate the need for the provision of services by said assistants.
Another commitment has to do with the hiring preference for part of Alcoa for local supply companies and carriers.
Regarding the investments foreseen for the first two years, it foresees 42 million euros for transport and loading, switch to gas and reconstruction of the firing furnace for large anode; 6 million euros for a new transformer (TRG) with voltage adjuster, designed for 200,000 amps; as well as the acquisition of a homogenizing furnace, valued at 3 million euros, and magnetic compensation bars, for an amount of twelve million.
Among the anticipated expenses are another five million euros for the installation of four new casting tables for the manufacture of aluminum billets.
On the other hand, the multinational undertakes to make a bank deposit of 103 million euros , the result of the sum of the investments committed and the cost of the restart of the facilities, at the disposal of Aluminio Español SL and whose management would be shared with the works council, under the supervision of the administrations.
According to the proposal, the justified amounts of the investments that were being executed would be released on a monthly basis, always with the consent of the committee, q The remainder remains at the disposal of a third party in the event of non-compliance.
In return, the workers had to accept, as has happened, the temporary cessation with scheduled stoppage of activity for two years in Electrolysis and Electrodes from January 1, 2022, with completion of the process in three weeks.
The restart to 100% (currently at 85%) of the activity would occur as of January 1, 2024, with an estimate of 6 months to restart the activity and a reserve of 35 million euros to carry out the necessary operations.
However, the activity in the Foundry and the Alumina Plant will continue, for which the company has provided the plan during these years, at a rate of 65,000 tons per year of billet and a forecast of sale of 25,000 tons per year of aluminum plate.
In this way, “commitments to customers are not would be affected. Alcoa would optimize the remelting of the primary aluminum produced during the strike period , as well as that of other suppliers “, says the note from the owner of the facilities.
Another key to the proposal is the commitment by the company that it will not carry out any type of collective dismissal process for four years, until December 31, 2025, in addition to giving green light to a new collective agreement valid for six years -from 2020 to 2025 – . AND
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