Spanish department store chain El Corte Inglés plans to temporarily lay off 22,000 employees for 14 days minimum, due to the lockdown in Spain resulting from the coronavirus crisis.
It said 3,900 other employees would also be temporarily laid off at its Sfera fashion chain and Viajes El Corte Inglés travel agency.
El Corte Inglés, which has stopped trading in keeping with Spanish law, underlined that the affected employees will receive virtually their entire wages, partially paid by the government and partially by the company.
“The measure will be temporary and will initially last 14 days,” El Corte Inglés said in a statement. “It will not affect jobs, which will remain intact.”
The layoff scheme was submitted on Wednesday to Spain’s Labor Ministry. The Spanish government on March 14 declared a state of emergency in the country.
“El Corte Inglés is taking this measure because of a force majeure to maintain jobs,” it said.