German automobile concern Volkswagen AG (VW) sends on leave without pay about 1.5 thousand employees of its assembly plant in the American state of Tennessee.
A press release from the company says that these measures come into effect on April 11 and will affect the production lines and maintenance personnel. It is noted that these workers have been unable to work since March 21, when the Chattanooga plant suspended production due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Our primary goal is to protect Volkswagen’s financial position for the sake of our team as we address the emerging and ongoing effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on our industry,” said plant manager Tom du Plessis. – Right now we have a limited vision of when we can resume production, but we intend to do our best to keep jobs.
VW expects the unpaid leave to last no more than four weeks. During this period, employees will be able to continue to enjoy health insurance. In addition, they will receive first quarter and monthly bonuses for March and will be entitled to unemployment benefits.