The Faurecia strike could affect Seat’s production in Martorell
The dashboard supplier company raises an ERE to lay off 160 workers, almost half of its workforce at the Abrera plant (Barcelona)
The five-day strike raised by the works council of the auxiliary automotive company Faurecia in the factory of Open (Barcelona) -from November 23 to 27- aims to protest against the employment regulation file (ERE) that affects 160 of the 308 workers at the plant. However, if it does occur, the stoppage could also affect production at the Seat factory in Martorell.
The strike by the staff of the Barcelona factory of the French multinational comes just one year after the fire that affected its facilities and forced the production of the Seat plant to be interrupted for six consecutive days in Martorell. The Spanish firm stopped manufacturing 8,000 vehicles in a week. Then, to try to recover in costs part of the production lost in the Martorell factory as a result of the stoppage derived from the fire suffered by its supplier, Seat even considered requesting an ERTE for 7,000 workers. Finally, the carmaker ruled out dealing with a temporary employment regulation file to the drop in production. The decision of the SEAT management was to recoup the losses with an extra six days of work.
Union sources criticized yesterday that Faurecia, Seat’s dashboard supplier, has not taken into account the effort made a year ago by the 160 people who now, in the midst of the Covid pandemic crisis, intend to fire: “The Jig was overturned to start factory after fire. ” The CCOO union maintains that the workers of the subcontractor showed “a great commitment to resume activity as soon as possible, an effort that the company now premia with layoffs “.
During a rally held yesterday in front of the doors of the Faurecia factory, the workers threatened by the ERE recalled that their intention was to force the management to find an alternative that would guarantee the maximum possible occupation. They will fight “to the extent necessary” to redirect the situation, they said. “Here, there are no more than 160 companions,” they emphasize.
Faurecia produces the control panels with which the models are equipped Seat Arona, Seat Ibiza Y Audi A1. The strike of a direct supplier causes some concern in the manufacturer of the Volkswagen group, according to sources in the sector explained yesterday. With the recent precedent of the fire in Faurecia, Seat’s offices closely monitor the evolution of the call for work stoppages at its supplier.
The strike can also affect Nissan, according to sources from the Faurecia works council at the Abrera plant. The factory supplies the Japanese firm with the interior panels with which the models are equipped Navara Y NV-200.
Faurecia’s management met yesterday with the works council. A new meeting, scheduled for today, will be held with the mediation of the administration. The strike already called by the committee is for one hundred percent of the workforce.
Given the lack of progress in the negotiations, the committee remains firm in its intention to go on strike from next Monday to Friday, five consecutive days of unemployment.