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Banco BCP admits to having resorted to collective layoffs – DNOTICIAS.PT

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BCP acknowledged that it resorted to collective firing at a union meeting this week, according to a presentation given to unions that Lusa had access to.

At BCP, the plan to lay off workers began this week when the bank contacted each of the workers it wants to lay off and presented the layoff conditions (compensation values ​​from the start).

Employees can retire on early retirement (for employees aged 57 and over) or on mutually agreed termination. In this case, the one who leaves by agreement does not have access to unemployment benefits.

On June 9, after the BCP announced the employee layoff program, the unions affiliated with the UGT (Portuguese Financial Sector Workers Union, Center Banking Workers Union and Mais Union) announced that BCP intends to fire them. up to 1000 workers.

This week, on Wednesday, the bank held meetings with trade unions and even announced that it allows the use of collective layoffs.

In a presentation to trade unions that Lusa had access to, BCP points out that collective dismissal in accordance with legal conditions applies to “all those who do not accept the negotiation process”.

Back on June 9, the bank started talking about “unilateral measures to reduce staff.”

According to Jornal Económico, which announces today that BCP allows collective layoffs, among the terms of the layoff by mutual agreement is the payment of compensation in the amount of 1.4 wages per year of work.

Economico also reports that “BCP originally wanted to offer 1.3 salaries, but after meeting with the unions, the amount to be paid for voluntary care has increased.”

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The so-called “preliminary negotiation process” of BCP will last until August 18, and the bank foresaw that it could begin collective layoffs from the end of August.

According to the presentation to the unions, the goal is to complete the restructuring plan on December 5th.

When he announced the plan to leave workers, executive chairman Miguel Maia said the bank had postponed its planned downsizing in 2020 due to the pandemic crisis, “then deciding that it was not feasible to go through a downsizing process this year. worked out “.

According to Miguel Maia, “the structured process of downsizing is the“ hardest, hardest decision ”for the executive team to make” since they took office, but he also said that if they have not done so now, they are “appropriately compromising the future of the bank and its employees.”

The manager stressed that the outputs were not made by comparing the number of employees of other banks, but “on the basis of a thorough analysis of needs and existing opportunities, taking due account of the specifics of the bank and the impact of new technologies on business models and processes,” as well as the expected development of BCP. “

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House fees will rise from 89 to 202 euros in October for contracts with Euribor.

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House fees will rise from 89 to 202 euros in October for contracts with Euribor.

An enterprise simulation shows that a client with a loan of 150 thousand euros, for a period of 30 years, indexed to Euribor for six months and with a “spread” (bank profit margin) of 1%, starts paying from October 600.20 euros, which 146 euros more than the last review in April.

In the case of a loan with the same conditions (amount and maturity), but indexed to a three-month Euribor, the client will pay 555.25 euros, which is 89.08 euros more than in July this year.

Finally, for loans indexed to the 12-month Euribor, the mortgage payment on the loan under the above conditions will be 651.41 euros, which is 202.10 euros more than in October last year.

These values ​​have been calculated using September averages of Euribor of 1.596% for six months, 1.011% for three months and 2.233% for 12 months, according to Deco.

Today, on the last day of September, the Euribor rates rose to three and six months and fell to 12 months compared to Thursday.

The six-month Euribor rate, most commonly used in Portugal for home loans and entering positive territory on June 6, rose to 1.809% today, up 0.009 points, after rising to 1.858% on Wednesday, the highest since January 2009. .

The 3-month Euribor, which hit positive territory for the first time since April 2015 on July 14, also edged higher today when it was set at 1.173%, climbing 0.013 points after rising to 1.228% on September 27, a new high. since January 2012.

On the other hand, in 12 months, Euribor fell today, for the third time since September 9, when it was set at 2.556% minus 0.022 points against 2.625% on September 27, a new high since February 2009.

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Euribor began to rise more significantly since February 4, after the European Central Bank (ECB) acknowledged that it may raise key interest rates this year due to rising inflation in the eurozone, a trend that has accelerated with the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 24 February.

On September 8, the ECB raised three key interest rates by 75 basis points, the second consecutive increase this year, as it raised three key interest rates by 50 basis points on July 21, for the first time in 11 years. the purpose of curbing inflation.

At the end of the last meeting, ECB President Christine Lagarde said that a historic 75 basis point hike in interest rates was not “the norm”, but stressed that the evaluation would be carried out from meeting to meeting.

Changes in Euribor interest rates are closely linked to increases or decreases in ECB key interest rates.

Three-, six- and 12-month Euribor rates were the lowest ever, respectively: -0.605% on December 14, 2021, -0.554% and -0.518% on December 20, 2021.

Euribor is set on the basis of the average rate at which a group of 57 Eurozone banks are willing to lend money to each other in the interbank market.

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Inflation accelerated to 9.3%, a new 30-year high | Prices

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Price pressure on the economy is not easing. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4 percentage points year-on-year in September to its highest level since October 1992. The inflation rate in Portugal in September amounted to 9.3%. quick assessment published this Friday by the National Statistical Institute (INE). In August, the value was recorded amounted to 8.97%.

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Germany prepares €200bn emergency plan for winter

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Germany prepares €200bn emergency plan for winter

The German government is preparing an emergency plan to ensure energy supplies during the coldest months of the year, at a time when the country’s energy security has become even more threatened after this week’s leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

Realizing that winter could be one of the harshest in recent years, the chief executive, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, has developed a 200 billion euro plan to address the energy shortage, using funds intended to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. . This strategy includes measures such as capping electricity and gas prices and supporting companies.

El Economista notes that the plan will increase the debt of Germany, which is already struggling with rising inflation, which stood at 7.9% in August.

“Prices must come down,” Scholz said in Berlin this Thursday, noting that comprehensive measures will be taken to protect pensioners, employees, families, “people from the countryside and the city, so that everyone can move.” go ahead and pay your bills.”

The German government guarantees that the package will not affect the country’s national debt targets next year and that it has been designed to protect the economy without hurting inflation.

“Russia is not only using weapons in the war in Ukraine, but also turning its energy resources into weapons at the international level,” Scholz accused.

Just today, the German energy regulator warned that households and businesses have consumed more gas than expected over the past week as temperatures begin to drop as autumn arrives. And he warns that savings of at least 20% are needed to avoid winter fuel shortages.

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