Workers shut down Mercedes-Benz plant in Spain due to coronavirusMarch 18, 2020
The factory workers stopped production on their own, although management ordered them to continue working.
Employees of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, decided to go on strike because of the coronavirus epidemic. After this action, the company’s management was forced to suspend its work. According to the portal wardsauto.com, factory workers had to go to such radical actions because of the administration’s refusal to transfer the plant to quarantine due to the COVID-19 epidemic. In the local media you can find information that the plant management considered it appropriate to continue work.
The employees were provided with masks and gloves, but there were no instructions on measures to combat the spread of the dangerous virus.
As a result, many workers from the 5,000th state of the enterprise refused to go to their places. There were those who went to work and organized a sit-in. In the local trade union, they noted that the factory management, knowing the requirements of the employees, did not begin to revise the organization of production, and also did not make sure that the workers worked at a distance from each other. Although these measures would help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
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