Portuguese Volkswagen factory Autoeuropa will go on strike

  • ECO News
  • 29 August 2017

Autoeuropa employees rejected the new schedule forcing them to work on Saturdays, so they scheduled a strike beginning at 11:30 this Tuesday. For the factory, it means 400 cars will not be produced.

This is T-Roc, the new Volkswagen model which will be produced in Autoeuropa, the company’s factory in Portugal, Palmela, forcing a change in employees’ schedules.

Today, Autoeuropa will be brought to a stop: from 11:30 PM to 12:00 AM of August 30th, employees from the Portuguese Volkswagen factory will go on strike. Since the company produces around 400 cars per day, that will be the negative impact of the strike on the factory’s production.

The reason behind this strike is that in order for Volkswagen to continue complying with its goals for Autoeuropa, they were looking for an agreement with workers in which they would work on Saturdays, with a rotating weekly day-off and a fixed day-off on Sunday, as well as having three daily shifts.

The counterpart of the agreement was a monthly additional payment of 175 euros to what is predicted by law, as well as a 25% shift subsidy and one additional vacation day.

Nonetheless, union workers stand against this agreement, since it compromises the workers’ family and professional life, as well as their health and well-being.

This strike, which lasts just a little over 24 hours, will end up costing 400 cars to the factory chosen to make the new T-Roc model.