The company management and the unions agree to work from Monday to Friday in August in two shifts to recover production on line 2 (León-Formentor).
The crisis caused by the shortage of semiconductors worldwide paralyzed the production of vehicles, causing an erte that will end up lifting a month earlier than expected.
The management of the Seat plant in Matorell and the union representation have agreed today , at the meeting of the Intercentos Committee, the new structure of working days for the summer .
The UGT and CCOO unions and those responsible for the plant have approved the organization of the holidays that includes the application of the corridor from the week (early July) to 38 (from September 20 to 26) for Line 2 (León- Formentor), which will work from Monday to Friday in August in two shifts .
In that same meeting, the need to organize a vacation broker was raisedin 3 + 1 format for Line 1 (Ibiza Arona), in order to reactivate production the last week of August .
Likewise, at the meeting, the end of the application of the temporary regulation of impoleo (erte) file at the Martorell plant and at the Barcelona plant at the end of May (one month ahead of schedule) was announced , and it was approved the June calendar, agreeing seven additional shifts for Line 1 and six shifts for Line 2 .
As of the first week of June, Line 2 goes to work at three shifts and Line 1, at 2.5. In this way, it is intended to maximize the production capacity of the Martorell plant to compensate for non-manufactured vehicles due to a pandemic and the global shortage of semiconductors, being the key flexibility for adaptation to a ‘volatile scenario’, as recognized by the company itself. business.
The semiconductor situation has had an impact globally, causing the automotive industry to constantly have to adapt to microchip deliveries from suppliers . The Spanish brand has not escaped this problem, hence the return to the expected production rate is handled with caution .
When announcing the erte, the company already announced that it planned to recover throughout the year the volume of vehicle production lost due to the lack of semiconductors and, although the crisis of these components has not been resolved, it has chosen to increase the pace of manufacture of vehicles due to increased demand.
According to union sources, it will go from 2,095 vehicles per day produced now to a total of 2,260 once the ERTE is canceled, basically thanks to the increase of one shift -from two to three- on the León and Cupra Formentor lines.
The chairman of the Seat works council, Matías Carnero (UGT), explained to Efe that the contract suspension file currently affected about 90 people at the Martorell plant and about 50 in the Free Trade Zone, while at Seat Components it has behaved closing days.
However, the semiconductor crisis has not forced the Martorell plant to stop on any day, although Carnero has assured that the risk of having to stop due to this supply problem still exists, and estimates that some 24,000 have been stopped manufacturing vehicles during this ERTE.
Carnero has celebrated “the strong and risky bet” of the company to try to recover part of the lost production, especially that of the Seat León.