Ford has raised this Monday to the unions an Employment Regulation File (ERE) of extinction for 630 people at the Almussafes plant (Valencia), which represents 9.5% of the workforce, before an adjustment in production.
The company has communicated this to the works council in a meeting to convene the negotiating table, although the workers have not received the explanatory report of the file, according to union sources.
At the moment, the Almussafes factory, with about 6,650 workers, is applying a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE), according to which it will stop its activity between March 22 and April 1 due to the lack of components already the suitability you need for GDi engine production.
March has already started without days of full production, after carrying out production stoppages in January and February and, except for a few days in January, the plant has not reached the production of 1,640 units on practically no day so far in 2021 after a year pandemic, in which there has been a drop in demand for cars.
Ford Spain has explained that, although the demand for the Kuga continues to be strong, that of the other vehicles produced at the Valencian plant [S-Max, Galaxy y Mondeo] it is shrinking as customers increasingly prefer SUVs and crossovers. The brand is also considering the option of eliminating the night shift.
As a consequence, the production volume at the plant will be adjusted at the beginning of April with about 280 fewer vehicles per day. [hasta 1.360 unidades] to adapt to new market needs according to CC OO.
“We are working with the unions to initiate a consultation process to make the necessary adjustments to the workforce. We highly value our employees in Valencia and will work constructively with the works council to minimize the impact on our employees, their families and the local community. “, they point out from the company.
All this in a context marked by the Covid-19 crisis, Brexit and “uncertainty” among customers when choosing between electric, hybrid or combustion models. On March 30, the European works council will meet and will address the company’s situation throughout the continent, while the following day the Ford Almussafes works council will meet.