13/02/2017 | 11:52AM
Ford is shuttig down its factory in São Bernardo do Campo, and about 3,000 workers will have 21 days off. They will stay home from the 6th to the 31st of March. According to Ford, the shutting down occurs to adjust the volume of production to the market demand. After GM, Ford is the second manufacturer with more workers in lay-off. There are 710 people laid-off, which is equivalent to 18% of its 4 thousand employees. Of this total, 450 have been away since October 2016 and 260 employees since January 2017.
This is the second time in less than two months that the automaker grants days off. On Tuesday (7), GM extended for 70 days the maintenance of 751 metallurgists of the São Caetano do Sul plant, in São Paulo, under the lay-off regime. These officials have been off for two years. According to the union, the deadline for the lay-off would be on Thursday (9), but it has been extended until April 19.
According to the Metalworkers' Union of São José dos Campos and Region, the cancellation of the export of 15,000 vehicles by GM to Mexico led the automaker to shutdown the factory. The union said it will request a public hearing with trade and industry ministers, Marcos Pereira, and Foreign Affairs, José Serra, to discuss the issue. Included in the Job Protection Plan (PPE), the Volkswagen unit in São José dos Campos adopts weekly breaks on Fridays.