VW's SEAT to cut production in Spain
Workers at the plant in Martorell will face work reductions of 51 days in the next year.Madrid -- SEAT, the ailing Spanish subsidiary of German auto giant Volkswagen, said Thursday it planned to cut production at its plant in northeastern Spain next year due to a downturn in demand.
Up to 7,484 workers at the plant in Martorell will be affected by the cuts, a Seat representative said.
"The plan envisages a period of 51 days of work reductions spread out over three production lines at the factory" in 2010, he said.
"The sale of cars has recovered in recent months, the market is better, but that is not enough, and we have had to adjust production."
The measure is less severe than the cutbacks implemented in 2009, when employees faced work reductions of 115 days.
Most automakers in Spain have imposed cutbacks this year due to the slump in sales in Europe.
The market in Spain is recovering slowly, largely due to a government subsidy for new car purchases of between EUR 1,500 and 2,000 which came into effect in mid-May.
In October, new car sales in Spain rose 26.4 percent, the second straight monthly increase.
AFP / Expatica