For the second time this year, the employees of US car manufacturer Ford from the plant in Craiova will be in technical unemployment as of April 22 to May 17, during which the production of ‘Vehicles’ and ‘Engines’ sections will be turned off, profit.ro informs.
Union leader Ovidiu Cioroianu claims that this is due to low sales. “We expect the ceasing production period to be extended beyond that date,” he said. Daily, Ford Craiova employees produce about 280 cars.
They have been also in temporarily laid off during March 23 to April 4, just a day after the company’s management announced that in the fall of 2017, will begin the manufacturing of EcoSport, Ford’s small SUV.
This year, Craiova plant employees will benefit from a Easter premium of RON 1,038. Since acquiring the plant in Craiova in 2008, Ford has invested in Romania over EUR 1 billion.
Ford’s Craiova site currently produces the B-Max and 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, yet the addition of the EcoSport will bring a booming increase in production, since Romania will become the small crossover’s production hub for Europe (Russia is an exception, though). While Ford expects the factory’s headcount to remain constant, at least over the next two years, the automaker is prepared to recruit additional workforce