EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Spain
Region: Castellón / Castelló; Comunidad Valenciana; Este
Location of affected unit(s): Villareal


Sector: Construction
43 - Specialised construction activities
Number Employed: 446

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 18-09-2008
Planned Job Reductions min: 130
Planned Job Reductions max: 130
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 30-10-2008
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2008
Direct Dismissals: 130

Additional Information

Zirconium, manufacturer of tile and floor accessories, has announced that it is to cut 130 jobs (out of 446) by the end of 2008 at its plant in Villareal (Castellón). The company is negotiating a job reduction plan (Expediente de Regulacion de Empleo in Spanish, ERE) with the unions. The unions demand higher dismissal compensations. According to UGT, Zirconia offers compensation to redundant workers as established by law, namely the recovery of 20 days per year worked up to 12 months.