Updated on Thursday, 16 September 2021 – 13:55
The scope and conditions of the file will be determined during the negotiation.
Seat car factory in Martorell.
The management of Seat has raised a File of Temporary Employment Regulation (ERTE) of nine months –from September 27 to June 30- for its production staff at the Martorell, El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) and Barcelona centers due to the global shortage of semiconductors.
The company has transferred it to union representatives at a meeting to discuss new flexibility measures in order to reorganize production, it reports in a statement.
The ERTE will be applied in the first place voluntarily and its scope and conditions will be determined during the negotiation between management and union representatives. According to La Vanguardia, 11,000 workers will be affected.
The carmaker explained that, due to Covid-19, semiconductor manufacturers reallocated their production to other sectors and that the new outbreaks in Asia have caused the closure of manufacturing plants for these parts.
Seat’s Vice President of Human Resources and Organization, Xavier Ros, has argued that the demand from Seat and Cupra models are at preCovid levels: “We will continue to do our best to deliver the high demand to dealers and customers.”
In mid-January, Seat and the unions UGT and CC.OO. agreed to the application of an ERTE of a maximum of 550 workers –400 at the Martorell (Barcelona) plant and 150 at the Zona Franca (Barcelona) plant – per day from January 18 to June 30 due to the lack of supply of semiconductors.
In April of this year, both parts of the company agreed shorten the ERTE of the Martorell plants and the Barcelona Free Trade Zone caused by restrictions on semiconductor supplies, as well as 20 days of closure at the Martorell and Zona Franca plants and 30 days at Seat Components.
This time, the move comes after a week in which the automaker had to close the Martorell plant for three days – on Monday, September 6, Tuesday, 7 and Friday, September 10 – due to global semiconductor supply shortages.
Generally, Seat for its production four weeks in August, but the supply problems due to the semiconductor crisis led to the approval that Line 2 – which manufactures the Len and Formentor models – would enable two daily shifts that month, while the Line 1 also worked exceptionally one week at the end of August.
The company already had to stop its activity in Martorell due to the shortage of semiconductors on days June 25, 28 and 29, and July 19 and 20.
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