The semiconductor crisis will force Renault to stop the night shift in Valladolid on September 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23; those in the morning and afternoon on September 19 and 20; and on September 19 the Palencia plant, according to union sources collected by Ical and confirmed by the company.
The direction of the firm of the rhombus in the plants of Castilla y León recognized that the scenario of scarcity of raw materials “in the context of a global crisis of shortages”, in this case microchips, results in the fact that the factories detect a lack of parts and slows down production. It is, company sources continued, it is a situation “carried for months.” The way to pilot this scenario, he continues, is the one taken today: convene the representatives of the workers and, as allowed by the agreement, convene a bag of hours within the deadlines established for certain flexibility measures. That is, from today to Monday and for next week.
In this sense, and given the uncertainty for the following days, the company assures that today it is difficult to know what will happen from next Wednesday.
Despite the fact that the situation is included in the agreement, CCOO pointed out that “it is critical again” and suppliers have, again, problems to supply, something linked to contractual problems between the parent company and some supplier, which translates in which the Renault factories in the Community are stopped again.
The union conveyed its concern about this situation to the company’s management and demanded that Renault solve the problems it has with suppliers and that, in the distribution of semiconductors, the factories of Castilla y León be a priority, even more so in full launch Austral, which is manufactured in Palencia and for which precisely today the diamond firm has opened orders, for a model whose prices start from 30,900 euros.
He also recalled that, in the middle of the year, the company’s management reported that the forecasts for the second half of the year would improve and that this meant that the ERTE, which ended on June 30, was not continued. A bag extension of up to minus 40 days was agreed upon; The recovery of the part-time shifts in Palencia and Valladolid was also announced, which would mean that those displaced by mobility would return to Palencia and that temporary employees would be hired in Valladolid. It is estimated that at least 60 people displaced from Palencia to Valladolid could consolidate their contracts in the city of Pisuerga.
CCOO recalled that in 2021 an agreement was negotiated, with an industrial plan that is being carried out, and without this agreement that “nobody saw it negotiated”, except for this union, “the situation would be even more difficult”.
Punctual stoppages since April
It is not the first time that Renault has been forced to punctually stop its production at its plants in Valladolid and Palencia due to the lack of semiconductors. In fact, this week the last one took place. Specifically, the Valladolid Assembly factory stopped on September 9, 12 and 13, while Palencia did so on September 12 and 13.
The semiconductor crisis arrives again, in this sense, to Castilla y León, a shortage that the main world manufacturers are going through and that already caused strikes in the factories of the Community diamond brand last April.