Autoeuropa workers rejected this Friday the pre-employment agreement, negotiated between the administration and its representatives, by an overwhelming majority of 84.25 votes against and only 15.2% of favorable votes.
According to the results announced by the Workers’ Commission (CT), in the vote held on Thursday and Friday, there were only 620 votes in favor and 3,426 votes against the aforementioned pre-employment agreement at Autoeuropa’s Volkswagen car plant in Palmela, in the district of Setúbal.
The coordinator of the TC, Fausto Dionísio, accepts the results “with democratic humility” and interprets the result of the vote as a “mandate to renegotiate the agreement signed with the administration”.
Fausto Dionísio recalls, however, that the labor pre-agreement “provided for wage increases of 1.7% in 2022, 1.2% in 2023 and a single payment of 500 euros for each worker in 2021, with a minimum increase of 25 euros, as well as the replacement of the difference if the inflation rate were higher than the 4.6% global increase forecast for the next three years ”.
CT believed that it was an agreement that guaranteed a reasonable salary update in the face of the uncertain situation in which we live, due to the pandemic and the ongoing changes in the automotive sector. But the majority of workers have a different opinion and the CT will transmit this position of the workers to the management of the company ”, told the agency Lusa Fausto Dionísio.
The CT coordinator also recalled that, initially the company intended to reduce the payment of Saturdays and Sundays and the objective premiums by 50%, but dropped that pretension and agreed to improve workers’ health insurance.
In the pre-agreement that today was rejected by the overwhelming majority of workers, the administration and the CT also undertook to create conditions to guarantee the attribution of a new product to the Palmela car plant, to face the end of MPV production. (Multi-Purpose Vehicle), scheduled for mid-2022, and possible market fluctuations for the T-Roc.
The T-Roc and the MPV are the two car models currently produced at the Volkswagen plant in Palmela.
Autoeuropa, with more than 5,000 employees, 98% of whom have a permanent relationship, produced in 2020 a total of 192,000 cars and 20 million parts for other plants of the German group, which represent 1.4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 4.7% of Portuguese exports.