After announcing an investment of R$7 billion in Brazil, Chevrolet announced a two-week stoppage at its factory in Gravataí (RS), where Onix and Onix Plus, the brand’s best-selling cars, are made.
“The GM factory in Gravataí will make adjustments to the production program and will grant collective vacations to employees between February 12th and 25th,” said the automaker in a succinct note. Wanted, the Chevrolet stated that the company’s other units continue to operate normally, but did not answer whether there are stocks so that sales of the models are not affected.
The Gravataí factory has just returned from the collective vacation at the end of the year, which has already affected model sales. In December, the Onyx it had sold 10,839 units, while its sedan version sold 6,375. Now in January there were 5,714 registrations for the hatch and 3,559 for the Onix Plus.
Valcir Ascari, director of the Metalworkers Union of Gravataí, told the Autodata agency that the company did not provide information about the stoppage, but that he believes it is a measure to reduce stocks.
At the end of last year, the São José dos Campos factory, where the S10 pickup truck and the Trailblazer SUV are made, installed a voluntary dismissal program (PDV). The measure was the solution found by the company and the Metalworkers Union of São José dos Campos and Region after the cancellation of 1,245 layoffs in two factories in the region.
The crisis at the São José dos Campos factory began when a strike was called on October 23 after the company fired several employees via telegrams and email over the weekend. Furthermore, even pregnant women were on the manufacturer’s cut list.
At the time, the GM admitted the strike and said he understood the impact “on people’s lives”. Still, he highlighted that “adaptation was necessary” to maintain agility in operations after “drops in sales”.
To put an end to the strike, the Metalworkers Union of São José dos Campos demanded the cancellation of the layoffs. This happened when the TST rejected the automaker’s request for an injunction to maintain the shutdowns.
As a result, the decision to reinstate all those laid off was valid with the prohibition of further layoffs, under penalty of a fine of R$1,000 per day, per worker.
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