Portugal - VW workers reject deal on work shifts - December 31, 2017

A majority of the workforce at the Volkswagen unit Autoeuropa (63%) rejected a preliminary deal on new working hours. It is the second time in a row that a preliminary agreement on a new shift system has been rejected. The Works Council aimed to restart the negotiating process with the objective of reaching a new agreement. However, the management announced shortly after that it had decided to unilaterally start with the new production schedule of 17 weekly shifts. The plan is to open the factory every Saturday for two shifts from the end of January 2018 onwards. The management promises to pay the work on Saturdays as overtime, thus with a 100% bonus, which was one of the workers’ major claims.   

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