Seat to shed over 1,300 jobs at Catalan factories

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4 November 2005, MADRID — Spanish car makers Seat are to shed 1,346 workers from two plants in Catalonia.

4 November 2005

MADRID —  Spanish car makers Seat are to shed 1,346 workers from two plants in Catalonia.

The jobs are set to go at their factories in Martorell and Barcelona.

The move comes after Seat management asked workers to accept a reduction in wages and a cut in working hours by 10 percent owing to over-production at their plants.

Unions have called a 24-hour strike and another demonstration is planned for 10 November.

Lolo Gálvez, secretary general of the Seat branch of one of Spain largest unions, the CCOO, made reference to a story by Spanish poet Garcia Lorca, when he said: "It was the chronicle of a death announced."

Matías Carnero, head of the Seat branch of the other major Spanish union, UGT, said the decision was "barbarous" and was due to the  "intransigent" stance of the Seat management.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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