The FIAT Chrysler Automobiles Serbia plant in Kragujevac has completed its production of the 500L for this year and will continue production in mid-January, a union leader said on Tuesday.
Independent Union leader Zoran Markovic said that production at the plant ended on Monday afternoon, adding that factory employees had more than 130 days of paid leave this year, not including their vacation time and state holidays.
He said talks are underway with the plant management for a new year bonus which has been paid to staff since 2010. “The bonus is a reward for achievement and we feel that we deserved it in 2019 because we met all management demands. It’s not our fault that production was lower this year,” Markovic said.
The Union said the factory management has not released the number of vehicles produced annually for the past three years. Media reports have quoted unofficial information according to which some 40,000 FIAT 500L have been produced in 2019 in Kragujevac which is just one fourth of the plant’s capacity.