The Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry -constituted by ANFAC, AOP, ASPAPEL, FEIQUE, FIAB, OFICEMEN and UNESID- expresses its solidarity with all those affected by the current health crisis. In addition, it reiterates its desire for an upcoming end to the pandemic, as well as an early economic recovery that contributes to the well-being and prosperity of Spanish society.
In relation to the Royal Decree-Law approved by the Spanish Government, the Alliance applauds that the Executive has decided to adopt measures that contribute to alleviating the problems that the COVID-19 epidemic is already causing to society as a whole, to families and to companies and wants to urge you to adopt all the necessary measures so that the health crisis that we are all fighting against does not end up turning into a serious economic crisis that can have a devastating effect on society as a whole.
"It is time for all economic operators and, of course, the social agents and business associations that make up the Alliance, to support the government in the fight to overcome the serious health crisis while maintaining, as far as possible in the current circumstances, economic activity in our country. Our companies, within the scope of their responsibilities, contribute their grain of sand to this collective task: they have organized remote work for those workers who can carry it out and are collaborating with health authorities in the best possible management of workplaces, redoubling sanitation and disinfection activities, taking care that all the personnel in its facilities, both its own and those of collaborating companies, have the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they require for the performance of their work. The industry is making rational and responsible use of the temporary employment regulation files, waiting to resume its activity and recover the level of employment prior to the health crisis. Our prevention services collaborate actively and loyally with the health authorities in the process, which concerns everyone, of overcoming the epidemic in our country ”.
The Alliance has transmitted to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism some proposals that they consider necessary with respect to the scope and content of the Royal Decree-Law, offering to maintain and, if possible, reinforce their collaboration with the authorities so that they can clarify some issues in the standard application process.
Finally, he wants to state that the Spanish industry, which is socially responsible, is doing everything possible to maintain industrial activity, within the logical limitations derived from the situation, attending where appropriate to the demands for goods that are essential for society in these moments, in addition to intensifying the dialogue with the workers' representatives, "convinced as we are, that Spain needs its industry as the main engine of progress and prosperity of our society".
The Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry represents the strategic industrial sectors for the development of the economy and employment in Spain, generating 50% of the Gross Industrial Product and 2.9 million direct, indirect and induced jobs. Together, the Alliance companies carry out 55% of industrial exports and 60% of investments in R & D & i.