SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Volkswagen will cut working hours by 24% for workers at its main plant in Brazil, São Bernardo do Campo (SP), and lower wages by 12% from July, the company said on Wednesday. local. metalworkers’ union, which agreed to the plan given the lack of auto parts and electronic components for the automaker.
The measure will be applied to the return of 10-day collective leave for production workers, scheduled between June 27 and July 7, the entity said.
Asked, the union informed that the plan “will be evaluated month by month” and that the end of the measure will depend on the supply flow of parts for the assembly of the brand’s vehicles.
According to the administrative director of the ABC metalworkers’ union, Wellington Damasceno, the automaker intended to suspend an optional shift for lack of parts.
“We negotiated the reduced workload precisely because of the impact the decision would have, not just for Volkswagen workers, but for the production line, especially for third parties,” Damasceno said, in a statement. a statement. “It is the best tool we have at the moment, which will be evaluated month by month and may undergo modifications until the situation normalizes,” he added.
The automaker has around 8,200 workers in São Bernardo do Campo, of which 4,500 are in production.
In a note, Volkswagen confirmed that it had agreed with the union to make the ride more flexible for the month of July, “due to the lack of components”.
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