“Most of Škoda Auto’s production facilities will resume production after a two-week outage on Sunday, ie today, starting at night from 10 pm,” said Biddle.
An exception during the outage was one line in Kvasiny. During it, the company focused on completing about ten thousand distributed cars. In the long run, the number of unfinished cars ranged between thirty and fifty thousand.
Trade union leader Povšík, however, pointed out that the night shifts will not return yet. He added that due to the reduction in production, some agency workers will not return to work. “We will not go full speed, we will produce less, but that will not be the whole shift outages. And there will be no overtime work, “he said. He added that the company had already started using chips from Malaysia. “There were seven hundred direct employees who were supposed to quit, especially agency workers, but now it’s around a hundred,” he said.
Škoda Auto employees stayed at home for eighty percent of their average salary, which includes, for example, extraordinary annual bonuses. Wage compensation thus roughly corresponds to daily earnings and was also received by agency employees.
The carmaker has previously announced that due to a critical shortcoming, the production of new cars is endangered probably until the end of the year.
Last year, Škoda Auto delivered over a million cars worldwide. It operates three plants in the Czech Republic, manufactures in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mostly through group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It is active in more than a hundred markets.