One of the former employees of the capital plant of Continental Automotive Hungary Kft. Contacted our newspaper, according to which the company initiated redundancies among its own employees last week. At the company, however, the downsizing was not acknowledged, but it was highlighted that they would do their best to preserve jobs as much as possible.
According to the report of our reader, the people of Continental's factory in the 10th district of Budapest were notified last Thursday that they would initiate redundancies. The people sent were employees of the company's own staff, ie not a seconded operator, who worked in other areas of car radio production and dealt with control panels. The company’s reason was that they could no longer be employed due to the difficult situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
The current downsizing affects several shifts, about 30-40 employees, but the worker knows that “more fiber dispatch operations are taking place, according to a completely fictional strategy”. This means that there may be redundancies in the coming months with a similarly low number of staff.
We asked Continental officials to comment on the news, to which they replied:
… We would like to inform you that on April 30, 2020, Continental Automotive's Budapest and Veszprém plants and two Hungarian development centers will submit to the competent government agencies a call for proposals for the employment of R&D personnel in emergency situations and to support reduced working hours in emergency situations. together with their staff. In total, we are applying to support the employment of more than 4,000 employees at the two sites and are confident of a positive assessment. With this, practically all of our colleagues who meet the conditions set out in the tender and have performed well in recent years are guaranteed jobs in the coming months, thanks to which they will take a big step in ensuring Continental's domestic operations in the current uncertain market environment.
In our other factories and offices in Hungary, we are working with similar and partly different solutions to preserve jobs as much as possible in order to continue to provide our employees with income and a contribution to the country's economy.
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Why can you only get fired a few dozen people?
Since the onset of the emergency, Continental and its subsidiary ContiTech have made redundancies and reorganizations in several domestic plants. They initiated. Hundreds of redundancies were announced at the Makó and Vác factories – the exact proportions are still being negotiated – while the Nyíregyháza unit reported the termination of the employment of 127 employees by the end of the year, as well as the installation of a Nyírség factory in Makora. So far, no indications have been received from the company regarding the Budapest plant.
We recently wrote about Hankook Tire Magyarország Kft. That, according to the union, about 50-50 employees were laid off in March and April. The automotive company, on the other hand, has firmly denied any kicks.
The local interest group knows that the company will continue this practice in the coming months, as it will be able to avoid collective redundancy obligations. This is because group redundancies of more than 50 people must be reported to the employment office. In such cases, not only the administration, but also, for example, the support of job search and further training programs is an additional expense for companies. In the absence of programs, however, employees also lose out on possible help and guarantees.