Internal restructuring
Este; CataluƱa; Barcelona
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27.90 - Manufacture Of Other Electrical Equipment

140 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 February 2024
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, a manufacturer of air conditioning units in Spain, presented a redundancy plan on 8 February to lay off 140 of the 560 employees working at its factory in Vacarisses (Barcelona, Catalonia).

In a statement, the union representatives disputed the need for dismissals.Trade union sources indicate that a meeting between the company management and the Works Council will take place on 15 February, and a mediation meeting with the regional government of Catalonia on 16 February. The Works Committee announces strikes and demonstrations against the planned dismissals.

The trade union UGT points out that the company applied a Temporary Layoff Plan (Expediente de RegulaciĆ³n Temporal de Empleo, ERTE) between October 2023 and January 2024. In addition, in January 2023 a massive hiring was carried out through Temporary Employment Agencies, and throughout 2023 the workforce was asked for flexibility in view of the poor performance of the business.

The company is a joint venture between the American Johnson Controls (60%) and the Japanese Hitachi (40%).



Eurofound (2024), Johnson Controls-Hitachi , Internal restructuring in Spain, factsheet number 200813, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/200813.