Ford and UGT have reached an agreement for a new temporary employment regulation file (ERTE) for the Almussafes factory (Valencia), the measure will affect a maximum of 500 employees of the vehicle plant per day for 16 working days, while that the engine plant will experience a complete shutdown for three days.
This measure will begin on Tuesday, February 13, and will last for a month and a half, until March 28, and entails the stoppage of a production shift (the afternoon one) in the vehicle department, according to the agreement. subscribed. by the company and UGT. In engines, the ERTE materializes in a complete stoppage of engine assembly operations on February 13 and 19 and March 4.
The economic conditions for those affected are the same as in previous files, 80% of the real salary, one hundred percent of extra payments, special bonuses, vacations and seniority. The company proposed during the negotiation period that the ERTE would partially affect 750 workers, with a maximum duration for each worker of 15 days, while at the Engine plant it proposed a stoppage equivalent to 4 days of production, and a validity Until April 30.
According to UGT, the company’s management considers the conditions set forth by this union in terms of the dates and number of people affected daily, and that it asked to link the adjustment to a specific problem due to lack of planned production and not due to excess personnel. “What may happen after -March 28- will depend on the meeting that UGT holds with Ford’s management leadership worldwide,” the union said.
For its part, the STM union has decided not to sign the agreement considering that it maintains a loss of salary and does not include the guarantee of 100% of the salary or the commitment to complement the subsidy consumed.
The Valencian plant is still pending electrification plans and is currently only producing two models, Kuga and Transit, although the latter will cease production. Precisely this Monday and tomorrow, Tuesday, there is no planned production in the engine plant or in the afternoon shift in the vehicle plant, a production situation that has already been recorded for some weeks in 2023. In vehicle production, it is not expected either. I work on the afternoon shift for the week of February 19 to 23, so the ERTE would come into force at a time of medium production in vehicles and without manufacturing in engines.