Before the mass holiday at Škoda Auto, which is scheduled for the first two weeks of August, a number of other shifts will be canceled. The summer closure of production will begin before the holidays. The main reason is the lack of parts, said the weekly Škodovácký odborář.
The company also needs to clear production halls for scheduled maintenance. “For all canceled shifts after the date of collective leave, the KOVO unions have negotiated an obstacle on the part of the employer with a wage compensation of 85 percent of the average wage,” said Jaroslav Povšík, chairman of the works council. . For example, extraordinary annual bonuses are included in the average salary.
In the last week of July, ie in the week before the group holiday, different innings are canceled in all three Czech races. The production stop in Mladá Boleslav is scheduled for shift on Wednesday afternoon in most operations, production will stop on Wednesday at 22:00 on MBI, MBII lines, MBI and MBII welding shops and in paint shop B. In paint shop A the production will end in the night service on Thursday.
Even in Kvasiny, stopping production for the holiday is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon shift. Shifts will be canceled in the last week of July in Vrchlabí.
Production of cars in Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny will begin after a massive holiday night service from Sunday to Monday 16 August. In some other operations and exchange systems, the beginning of production differs. The unions expect that production will remain limited in some plants.
Due to the lack of chips used by the automaker for toy electronics, production stopped for almost two weeks in early June and July. During the outage, employees received a payroll allowance of 85 percent of the average salary. The damage disrupted some shifts in production even earlier.
The chips are used by automakers in toy electronics; not only Škoda Auto has a problem, but all car manufacturers in the world. The demand for chips is greater than the supply, and chip production has been complicated by, among other things, winter snowstorms in Texas, where large chipmakers had to stop or reduce production. The coronavirus pandemic is also affected by chip deficiency.
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