Workers in Belgian car industry temporarily unemployed

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Workers at the Volvo plant in Ghent are temporarily unemployed as demand for car in the United States fall due to the weakening of the economy.

20 August 2008

BELGIUM - The effects of the slackening economy in the United States has been felt at the Volvo car plant in Ghent and the Opel-General Motors factory in Antwerp.

The car plant of Volvo Cars in Ghent receives considerably fewer orders, which has a negative effect on employment. A number of Volvo workers are temporarily unemployed due to a falling demand in the United States.

A Volvo spokesman said that Volvo in Ghent expects a total of 20 days of so-called technical unemployment this year.

In 2007, Volvo built some 240,000 cars and did not have to introduce such days. It is expected that in 2008, this number will only reach 200,000.

The Opel car plant might also have to introduce temporary unemployment due to a falling demand this autumn. The management is discussing the introductions of 10 such days in autumn.

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