Production at Fiat Chrysler Automobili (FCA) plant in Kragujevac is over for this year and the workers will be on a leave until the end of December – the Beta news agency was informed by FCA’s trade union.
The trade union president, Zoran Markovic said that the FCA finished the 2018 production in both shifts yesterday, with only the first shift working on Monday in order to prepare production lines for a longer recess.
Markovic said that the workers are being sent on a leave earlier than in previous years when production stopped from mid-December to Christmas holidays.
Want to open a company in Serbia? Click here!
He said that the reason for this was a reduced demand for Fiat vehicles, but also Fiat’s calculation that it is better to have a “longer recess, instead of several shorter ones.”
“We are concerned and we expect to soon find out what are plans the factory management has for the Kragujevac plant. As agreed with the Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, FCA managers have to submit their production plans by the end of December or in early January,” Markovic said.
The trade union said that the upcoming break was “covered” with 15 days of collective vacation and six days, during which the workers are paid 65 per cent of their wages. FCA workers will have used a total of 40 days of collective leave in the period from August 2018 to January 1, 2019.
This post is also available in: Italiano