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Revoz layoffs to affect mostly agency workers

Novo Mesto, 20 May (STA) - After confirming that it will lay off about 400 workers, the Slovenian Renault subsidiary Revoz said on Wednesday that most of them will be agency workers and those nearing retirement. The cut may reach 450 posts if night shift workers transferred to the day shift find their salaries too low.

Slavko Pungeršič, the leader of the company's in-house trade union, told the STA that some of the workers would be laid off at the end of this month and the rest at the end of June.

He also said that the final number would depend on potential fluctuation of workforce from Bosnia-Herzegovina after workers have been moved from the night shift to the day shift, where pay is lower.

The layoffs were confirmed on Tuesday, with Revoz saying that it decided to temporarily suspend the night shift due to a drop in orders.

Before the company shut down for six weeks with the start of the coronavirus epidemic in mid-March, the night shift had been running at half capacity.

Revoz currently produces 630 vehicles in two shifts a day, which is some 150 less than while the half-capacity night shift was still in place.

If the company, which currently employs some 3,150 people, decides to open more jobs again, those laid off now will have priority.

The company told the STA that the move does not change Renault's plan to launch the production of the electric Twingo model in Novo Mesto in the coming months. The plant produces the fifth generation Clio, Twingo and the electric Smart Forfour.

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