A thousand Nissan workers – according to the Urban Guard – have burned tires in front of the factory in the Barcelona Free Zone and have cut the Ronda Litoral, a year after the announcement of the closure of the car. The Nissan works councils –UGT, CC.OO., CGT and Sigen-USOC– they have called a two-hour strike in the three Nissan plants affected by the closure in Barcelona, the Zona Franca, Montcada i Reixac and Sant Andreu de la Barca. They wanted to show the discomfort of the staff over the decision of a year ago by the multinational, which ended 40 years of history, and to claim real advances to the reindustrialization table, which has to find a substitute for the brand.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the announcement, the workers have gathered at the main gate of Calle 3, held an assembly and they have burned a dozen tires, repeating the protest actions of 12 months ago.
Afterwards, the company staff has gone around the facilities, cutting off the traffic in their path and has occupied the road at its closest point to the factory, at exit 17, in front of the headquarters of the Free Trade Zone Consortium. At 11:45 hours the protest ended.
Have been seen posters with slogans like ‘We will not give up. We will fight for a future ‘, ‘ignored firefighters with no future’ and the protesters have chanted proclamations such as ‘Barcelona listen, Nissan is in fight’.
The unions have warned that the mobilizations and the “fight” of the workforce to guarantee jobs will continue until administrations find a solution.
They ask for a meeting with Torrent
The general secretary of Sigen-Usoc, Miguel Ruiz, has stated in statements to the media that the closure will mean the end of more than 2,500 direct jobs and about 25,000 indirect jobs.
Ruiz has urged the new Minister of Business and Labor of the Government, Roger Torrent, to have a meeting to find a solution.
The general secretary of CC.OO. at Nissan, Miguel Ángel Boiza, has commented in statements to the media that they do not see “clear” the projects presented so far because they are medium-sized and he has doubted that they can employ all of Nissan’s employees.
Boiza has said that have marked the month of August as the deadline with a defined project and has stressed that these must be or manufacture batteries or cars linked to new energies, especially electricity.
This is the second mobilization of the workforce since an agreement was reached with the company last August, after 95 days of strike, and the reindustrialization commission was launched with the Government, the Generalitat, the company and the unions.