The new normality is gradually being imposed on the whole world. And, luckily, in some cases with better results than expected. After stabilizing his situation, IKEA has announced that it wants to return the money received by ERTE in Spain and 8 other countries.
According to the Financial Times via Business Insider, the Swedish multinational has announced that it is going to consult the governments of Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania, Serbia and the US to see how it can return this money.
Following the announcement of the Alarm State and the confinement due to the coronavirus, the governments of many countries offered companies the possibility of carrying out a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) to cope with closures. These temporary layoffs allow the worker to collect 70% of their salary, at the cost of their unemployment rights (sometimes the company also contributes something), on the condition that they be reinstated when the aforementioned company resumes its activity.
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IKEA, like many other companies, ERTE was accepted in Spain, affecting 9,000 workers in our country.
This ERTE lasted from March to mid-May, when IKEA stores began to open, with the corresponding sanitary measures.
“We are very happy for this complete reopening, as after having faced difficult times, this means getting closer and closer to normal business and customer service. From today we are 100% operational again “, explained the general director of Ikea in Spain, Petra Axdorff, in a press release.
In just 20 days it seems that IKEA has managed to stabilize the situation, and they are already working at a good pace. This has encouraged the Swedish multinational to return the money received in the ERTE. In its first week of reopening, its stores have received 800,000 visitors in Spain.
It is certainly a good detail that speaks volumes about IKEA’s professional ethics, since you are not legally required to return that money.
Companies of all kinds, including the richest and most powerful, have carried out ERTEs in many countries during the pandemic. And although many companies that barely earn enough to survive could not return this money (which, as we have said, is not legally required), it seems ethical for large companies with benefits to decide to return it voluntarily.
IKEA has been the first to announce it, but it remains to be seen if other equally important companies end up doing the same.