Barcelona, Apr 27 (EFECOM) .- The automobile company Seat has resumed its productive activity on Monday, after the break caused by the impact of COVID-19, with the novelty of the widespread use of masks among the workforce and the start-up of more than a hundred security measures to avoid infections.
Although the Martorell factory and the other work centers in Barcelona have reopened, production will be gradually reactivated and today some 3,000 of the brand's 15,000 employees have joined.
The 3,000 who have come to their jobs have had to pass a PCR test before to ensure that they are not infected and the rest of the staff will do so at a rate of 3,000 a week. Seat is the first Spanish industry to subject its workers to massive tests.
Company sources have assured Efe that the activity has resumed this Monday with the normality that was expected and that it has nothing to do with the situation before the coronavirus crisis and the approval of the state of alarm.
Production has started with a single work shift, the morning shift, and the pace will increase in the following weeks, following a plan designed to take care of security measures against the coronavirus.
In the first phase, the production of the largest vehicle factory in Spain will reach 33%, which will mean reaching 271 cars a day -away from the more than 2,000 cars a day before-, while in a second phase it will reach 66%, with two shifts and 640 cars a day, and in the third they will be active and after three shifts.
In parallel to the start of production, the management and the Seat unions have agreed on a temporary employment regulation (ERTE) file for organizational reasons for a maximum of 11,061 people, which will be a continuation of the force majeure approved at the beginning of the state of alarm.
As in the previous ERTE, employees aged 53 and over are excluded and those workers with children under the age of 14 will have priority to stay at home, as long as this does not harm productive activity.
This ERTE is applied from today and for eight weeks to facilitate the gradual return to normal activity prior to the pandemic.