The management of the Stellantis plant (PSA and Fiat Chrysler) in Vigo has proposed to the works council the application of a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) of 60 days that would cover 3,749 workers.
However, according to company sources, this does not mean that this time necessarily has to be applied or that it affects all operators. The measure has been put on the table before the “conjunctural problem” of the lack of parts that affects the entire automotive industry, derived from the so-called crisis of the microchips (semiconductors), and supposes to give legal coverage to a mechanism that allows cope with production stops.
In any case, the same sources have stressed that the impact, both in number of days and workers, “will be low”, since many operators can still avail themselves of other flexibility mechanisms existing in the factory, such as the bag of hours. or the days of adjustment of the working day.
Thus, for example, if the circumstance arose that in the first part of that regulation period it was necessary to stop 30 days due to lack of supplies, the ERTE would affect a maximum of 250 workers in each of the two assembly systems , according to the company.
The company’s ERTE proposal includes the application to 3,749 workers, who are full-time and indefinite employees; and it would begin to apply after Easter, with a maximum of 60 days of suspension, after exhausting all the agreed flexibility measures.
The supply problems of parts that carry microchips have forced the suspension of work shifts at the Stellantis plant in Vigo on several occasions since the beginning of the year. In fact, this Thursday the three shifts of the M1 system have stopped, in which the Peugeot 2008, the Citroën C-Elysée and the Peugeot 301 are mounted.