MOTORWAY company Aumar is starting the process to make redundant 140 workers on two toll roads that will pass into public ownership from January 1.
These are the section of the AP-7 that goes from Hospitalet del Infant to Alicante and the AP-4 that runs between Sevilla and Cadiz.
Sources from the company said that the number of people affected coincides with the toll booth workers who will be out of work on that date.
Under the current collective agreement all dismissals carried out by the company must be voluntary with a compensation payment equivalent to 33 days per year worked with a ceiling of 24 monthly payments.
The CCOO union said in a statement that it would wait to see the company’s proposals before deciding on any action. The total workforce on these sections of highway is 297 employees.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works has not yet published the terms and conditions for choosing the concessionary company that will take charge of the maintenance workers.
By the end of 2021 the ending of toll concessions will have affected around 5,000 workers.
The concession for the AP-7, one of Spain’s busiest routes, especially in the summer months, has been extended several times for economic reasons. The concession for the section between Alicante and Tarragona is the first to expire and the rest are expected to expire progressively later.
In recent months, the Ministry of Public Works and Finance has raised the debate on how to finance the maintenance and conservation of motorways that pass into the hands of the State after the end of the concessions.
One of the options is a “symbolic” payment for the use of motorways – even ones that are currently free – to ensure their viability.
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