The production in Fiat’s plant in Kragujevac was stopped on 16th March, due to the coronavirus epidemic, and could resume on Tuesday, 7 July, i.e. on 6 July when the assembly lines are supposed to become operative.
Whether this will be the case depends on the development of the epidemiological situation, related to COVID-19, in the Šumadija region and the whole of Serbia.
The paid leave of the Fiat Chrysler workers in Kragujevac has been extended until 3 July. At the factory’s entrance, there will be infrared tunnels to determine if any of the workers have been infected with the coronavirus.
If the epidemiological situation in Šumadija and Serbia allows it, Fiat’s plant will be operative as of the next month for a total of eight days – that is three days in the first two weeks and two days in the last week of July. In August, there will be 3 weeks of holidays both in Serbia and in all the other Fiat factories worldwide.
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Fiat Chrysler has recently requested and received consent from the Serbian government, for an additional 80 days of paid leave, in addition to the 45 days of paid leave (as stipulated by the law), which would then end on 30 September. Fiat Kragujevac Independent Trade Union states that paid leave for employees has been extended due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but also due to the harmonization of production with market demands.
The trade union says that the main reason for the failure of the Kragujevac plant is the fact that there is no defined plan for market positioning of the 500L model in the global market.
In the North American markets, the sales of this model over the years have been symbolic, while from mid-March onwards, sales have drastically declined in Italy, Spain and France.
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