The company is replacing the single-use hygienic face mask with a new corporate one that is more practical, modern and sustainable, in order to improve the provision of protective equipment at workstations and strengthen its commitment to the environment.
This change, which began gradually in late 2020, is expected to have been implemented across the entire chain before the end of May.
The Totaler Supplier Cambrass, specialised in textiles for babies, is making these items at its facilities in Ontinyent (Valencia) for the company's more than 95,000 employees working throughout Spain and Portugal.
The company recognises the great work carried out by all its employees during 2020 because, thanks to them, Mercadona has achieved the best management of its business in its history, having guaranteed the daily supply and opening of more than 1,600 stores in Spain and Portugal.
This pioneering initiative to share profits with the people responsible for generating them was launched over 20 years ago, and since then, the shareholders of the company have distributed more than €4.2 billion among its employees.
€366 million as a target bonus and €43 million in recognition of the commitment made during the health crisis.
Its goal is to continue to improve its work-life balance measures, an area in which Mercadona already leads the way, and this new initiative has been trialled in 31 of its stores.
This measure, which will enter into effect as of the 3rd of August, is a milestone for the company and for the distribution sector as a whole, as workers will now have 2 full days off a week and they will also enjoy 8 long weekends a year.
The work that has been carried out by the Collective Agreement Observatory, which was created by the company alongside union representatives in 2019 to promote these kinds of measures, has played an essential role in streamlining the implementation of this initiative.
The company plans to hire 2,000 people more than in the 2016 summer campaign - when it hired 5,000 - to respond to the influx of tourists, and to maintain a service of excellence.
The salary for these new Mercadona employees will be of 1,122 euros month/net, and the contracting period runs from June to September.