Volkswagen halts Jetta production in Puebla due to teamsters strike in Brazil
A strike of teamsters in Brazil affected the supply of engines for the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, hence production of the new Jetta was suspended from Monday to Wednesday this week, union leaders reported to local media.
Since a week ago the truckers conflict began to affect the facility four, where the new model is assembled and with it the three shifts were idled, confirmed the head of the union Rey David Garcia Avendano.
“Jetta’s engines come from Brazil and that’s the problem; they made their protest, because of rises in gasoline and diesel prices. As there is no mobility the engines stopped coming, so we had to stop these days,” he said.
Garcia Avendano added that payments to workers will not be affected and that the days off will be discounted from their vacations to the 1,800 workers involved in the production of the vehicle. From January to April, 28,847 units of the new Jetta were manufactured in that plant.
If necessary, the production line will operate on Saturdays to meet production goals, but that measure will depend on the decisions made by the company.
During 2017, the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, the automaker’s largest facility outside of Germany, produced 461,248 units of the Tiguan, Beetle, Golf and Jetta models.