EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Spain


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.75 - Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores
Number Employed: 2700

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 28-01-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 600
Planned Job Reductions max: 600
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Direct Dismissals: 600

Additional Information

The German chain of beauty stores Douglas has announced the closure of 97 shops and the conversion of another six in Spain, involving the collective dismissal of maximum 600 workers. The restructuring is part of an European reorganisation plan that also involves the centralisation of the management of the Southern Europe area's market operations.

According to the company, the reorganisation of its stores comes as part of its digitalisation process and responds to changing consumer habits, driven by the growth of e-commerce which accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CCOO union recognises that the digitalisation process is necessary to adapt to market circumstances, but it claims that the workforce adjustment is not necessary and calls for solutions to protect employment. The company and trade unions are currently negotiating the terms of the collective redundancy plan. The workers' representation is composed of members of the trade unions CCOO, USO, UGT and FETICO. This collective layoff plan comes after the restructuring process in 2018.