The production and assembly lines at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kragujevac were stopped again, and this time around, for a longer period. The production could resume again at the end of August or the beginning of September.
The workers at the Kragujevac factory, who had not worked from 16 March to 7 July because of the coronavirus epidemic, will officially be on paid leave again from Monday 20 July until the end of the month, at 65% of normal pay.
From the beginning of next month, workers will take 3 collective weeks of annual leave, and from 21 to 28 August, they will be on a new paid leave.
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The factory’s independent trade union says that employees will be on paid leave because of the ‘harmonisation of production with market demands’, i.e. due to low demand for the ‘500L’ model in the Italian, Spanish and French markets, where this particular model sold well before the pandemic.
Since the beginning of the year, the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kragujevac produced between 15,000 and 20,000 units of all three versions of the 500L model.
This has already fulfilled the production plan for this year, which, according to unofficial information has been halved compared to 2019, when about 40,000 vehicles had left the factory in Kragujevac.
If the Kragujevac plant has already reached the set quota of produced vehicles, then everyone is wondering whether production will resume by the end of the year.
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