Skoda Auto Extends Production Shutdown

Skoda Auto production line

Production at Škoda Auto will not start even one week after the company-wide holiday, which is planned for the first two weeks of August. In a number of operations, the summer shutdown due to lack of parts began during this week. During the week after the company-wide holiday, employees will receive 85 percent of the average wage, said the weekly Škodovácký odborář.

For example, an extraordinary annual bonus is included in the average wage. Employees will thus receive more money than they would earn during normal work. “Not only did the originally planned group leave in the 31st and 32nd calendar weeks be joined by a production shutdown before the holidays, ie on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th July, but the situation with a shortage of chips and other components has worsened to such an extent that the production of cars will not start even in the 33rd calendar week, ie in the week after the public holiday, “said the unions.

The production shutdown before the summer holidays occurred in most operations according to the plan on Wednesday, July 28, in the afternoon shift, so the production of cars stopped on Wednesday at 22:00. In some operations, the shutdown begins during the day. According to the weekly, employees will return to work on a night shift from Sunday to Monday, August 23, both in Mladá Boleslav and in Kvasiny. In Vrchlabí, people will return to work a little earlier, ie in the night shift on Thursday 19 August.

During the company-wide holiday, there will be employees from the maintenance areas, some guards at the gates, part of Aramark’s catering staff, many administrative staff or employees in Česana.

Last year, Škoda Auto delivered over one million cars worldwide. It operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mostly through group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It is active in more than 100 markets.

Škoda is part of the German Volkswagen Group, which reported a record operating profit of 11.4 billion euros (291 billion CZK) in the first half of the year. In the same period in 2019, ie before the pandemic, the operating profit was ten billion euros, which was a record until then.