Seat bids to cut working hours at its Spanish sites

Article by Anita Panait, on July 10, 2013

Spanish carmaker Seat is requesting to have workers at its Martorell and Zona Franca sites stay at home on rotating basis due to weak demand for its vehicles. Seat wants 571 workers daily to stay at home between September and December 2013, when it plans to implement production stoppages for 16 days on one of its lines.

The stoppage will affect 2,800 workers. Seat also plans to stop production for 35 days in 2014 on another line, affecting 3,800 workers. Seat said in a statement that the measures are aimed at guaranteeing "the continuation" of all workers as well as an adequate relationship between production and demand for their products.

Seat has presented its stoppage proposals to unions and the Catalonian regional government, adding that it would hold a 15-day consultation period.

Seat managed to half its net loss to EUR30 million in 2012 and hike revenue by 20.6 percent to EUR6.1 billion, thanks to high demand for the Audi Q3, which the carmaker produces at its Martorell site. Seat has been struggling against weak demand in southern European countries. Car sales in Spain dropped 0.7 percent year-on-year in June 2013.

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