Saturday, November 27

“The automobile is against a sectoral agreement because it reduces competitiveness”


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Anfac warns the Government not to touch “something that works, such as the company agreement.”

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Jos Vicente de los Mozos, president of Anfac, the employers’ association of car manufacturers, has shown his concern about the fact that the Government is considering the labor reform.

“The passage from company agreements to global agreements for us is a red line because it takes away the flexibility when producing necessary to be able to meet the objectives”, according to De los Mozos, who made these statements at the Fira de Barcelona where today King Felipe II together with the President of the Government, Pedro Snchez, inaugurate the Automobile Barcelona.

“If in the factories you take away the flexibility agreed with the workers, we have a competitiveness problem. Our way of working is different from that of the suppliers; we cannot have a global and sectoral agreement. We do not want the social dialogue that we have to not we want it to change unilaterally. Why touch something that works? “asked the president of Anfac.

In this sense, De los Mozos hopes to be able to comment to Yolanda Daz, Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, on this issue when they “bring it up to us.”

Chips

Regarding the shortage of chips and the semiconductor crisis, De los Mozos clarified that “before the pandemic, there was already a shortage problem because there was 20% more demand than chip production capacity worldwide” .

Of all world production 15% is for the automobile. “The Covid has not helped OEMs to control the production chain. If working for Google or Apple is more tempting because these Chinese, Asian, or US companies sell parts to these companies instead of to manufacturers of automobiles “.

Regarding the fact that Europe and Spain are planning future chip factories, De los Mozos explained that decisions have to be made quickly.

“There is still that gap in production capacity that will continue to be until 2023. If the EU wants to be in the new automotive value chain, it has to have diesel engines, software, batteries, battery pack, etc.”.

But he insisted that “the decision centers are in Germany or France and Spain has to be attractive, so if we are not, many factories may suffer in the future. We must not forget that protectionism that Germany and France have to maintain their automotive sector “.

“We must also bear in mind that the Eastern European countries manufacture cheaper than us. These countries receive more aid from the EU than we do, therefore, we have to be more productive because the car is awarded to the plant that does it. cheaper “.

LOSS

Regarding the PERTE of the Electric and Connected Vehicle, the president of Anfac said that “the PERTE only represents 5% but what is worrying is the speed of execution because we are at the end of September. We have a fluid and open dialogue with Teresa Ribera, with Reyes Maroto and with the presidency. But we do not govern. ”

“We will continue to exist on the road map. But we need Spain to have 17 different legislations for the automotive industry. As of today we do not know the details of PERTE and I believe that PERTE will not solve all problems. At Renault Group We are not waiting for PERTE to make business decisions. “

Market

An added concern and consequence of the pandemic and the chip crisis is that there are no new cars. “If cars are not sold, we will continue with ERTE. Despite the economic situation, the sector has generated 10 billion this year in profit for the balance,” said De los Mozos.

As for the sales forecast for the end of the year, the forecast is downward. “We will be closer to 900,000 cars although it is not known because of the chip crisis. We work with a decade of 15 days. The threshold of our market is 1.2 million, below we are dead.”

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