The management of the Ford factory in Almussafes (Valencia) has transferred this Wednesday to the works council the suspension of engine production the next three Saturdays (January 16, 26 and 30) due to “incidents in the supply” of engine components. a global supplier from China.
The company will analyze the impact that this situation may have on the manufacture of engines and on vehicle operations and will later convene, where appropriate, an advisory commission, as reported to Europa Press union sources.
“This is a problem that not only affects Ford, but is also having an impact on other brands,” explained the president of the works council and UGT spokesman, Carlos Faubel.
At the moment, the work Saturdays scheduled for the month of January in engines are canceled, which had been agreed by the UGT (majority union) and the management, on December 21. The agreement established 12 mandatory work Saturdays (six per shift) within the first four months of 2021 to compensate for the stoppage of production for six days, from March 25 to April 1, while the lines are adapted and adapted to the production of the new GDI engine.
Faubel fears that as a result of the lack of supply of this component of Chinese origin – which is used not only in engines but also in other parts of the vehicles – the company will launch another Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE).
In any case, he trusts that the GDI engine launch schedule – scheduled for May – will be maintained, otherwise he thinks that it would be talking about a “problem of unimaginable magnitude”.