Red Eléctrica’s 10th Collective Bargaining Agreement. Efficiency

The negotiation of the 10th Collective Bargaining Agreement was based on three essential pillars, sustainability, flexibility and efficiency, which marked the negotiation and therefore the agreement reached.

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José Antonio Vernia Peris, Manager of the Human Resources Organisation and Planning Department.

In the first article published in this blog, Red Eléctrica’s 10th Collective Bargaining Agreement. Flexibility, I focused mainly on the summary of the development of the negotiation process and the major milestones achieved. On this occasion, I would like to reflect on one of the fundamental pillars that marked the negotiations: efficiency.

What efficiency? Any that improves the personal and working conditions for the people working in Red Eléctrica, and that contributes to making work more efficient and more productive.

Why efficiency? Because in a competitive and volatile environment like the current one and, above all, in a scenario of global crisis as it was when the agreement was negotiated, efficiency has a direct impact on productivity.

Efficiency – what for? So that, while improving the way we work, we may also increase productivity and contribute to ensuring the future of our company and therefore our work future.

What does the 10th Collective Bargaining Agreement offer in terms of efficiency? Several measures are introduced, among which noteworthy is a new work schedule for office staff, which includes flexible management to extend the working day and improvements in the work-life balance hours.

These measures increase efficiency and productivity, as they make it possible to have resources available at times when there is a higher workload and facilitate a more flexible work organisation both by the Company and by staff, as well as facilitating the work-life balance.

Regarding personnel responsible for the maintenance of the transmission grid facilities, the following have been regulated: scheduled night-shift work, stand-by work squads and incorporation to work after night-shift work. Additionally, the flexible management of the working hours has been improved.

All these measures result in greater efficiency in the scheduling of works to be performed on transmission grid facilities, in addition to reinforcing job health and safety aspects.

In the general scope, the agreement introduces a new allows salary reviews that are completely independent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and that is linked to internal productivity based on the fulfilment of the Company’s objectives and Spain’s productivity based on the inter-year variation rate in the gross domestic product.

This formula is a direct commitment to efficiency and productivity, whereby if our company and our country do well in economic terms, it will also affect us. Perhaps this is one of the points that differentiate our collective agreement from those of others and which has allowed us to maintain salary reviews in recent years well above those recorded in the country, but consistent with Red Eléctrica’s results and the growth variables that have been registered in Spain.

Finally, it is worth noting that within our 2014-2019 Strategic Plan, efficiency is defined as one of the three essential strategies; hence it is also one of the essential pillars of our 10th Collective Bargaining Agreement.

I cannot conclude this article without highlighting an important event that the signing of the 10th Collective Bargaining Agreement has allowed to bring to fruition. I am referring to the full integration of our colleagues that came from Endesa following the acquisition in 2010 of the transmission grid assets of the islands. Following the signature of this agreement, an integration process was begun that enabled that as of January 1, 2015 all colleagues affected by this acquisition became fully integrated into Red Eléctrica’s 10th Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A third article, related to the last pillar, sustainability will be published in the near future.