The Spanish car company SEAT will today apply to the Employment Department of the Generalitat for permission to temporarily make redundant some 900 employees between September and December of this year (article in Castilian, El Periodico).The expediente de regulación de empleo (ERE) is the third such request that the company has made this year in the face of falling demand for its vehicles. However, in the knowledge that its Martorell plant has been chosen for the production of the new Audi Q3, this latest move is part of a two-year strategy by SEAT to temporarily reduce its workforce before gearing back up again to full capacity.
The Ajuntament of Barcelona has said that it fears it may end this year in the red, as a result of falling income caused by reduced economic activity in the city (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Having finished 2008 clearly in the black, with some €700 million of credit, this year its finances have taken a serious turn for the worse. However, the councillor responsible for the Treasury, Jordi William Carnes, yesterday stated that the council will maintain its level of investment in city projects, which will have a negative effect on its economic status.
The results of the selectivitat exam, the exam that students do here who want to go to university, were published yesterday and there was good news all round as they were the most successful in Catalunya for 10 years (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The average mark was 6.16 (out of 10), continuing a recent upward trend, and the number of people passing the exam, 93.07 percent, rose by three points compared to last year. The most successful person in the selectivitat exams was Alexandra Garcia, from Barcelona, who obtained an overall score of 9.82. Garcia, who was apparently denied a perfect 10 by her showing in gym class, is now planning to study law at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.