Spain’s car companies warn that more than two million jobs are at risk of disappearance due to “the context of maximum risk and instability over the past 20 years”. Eight of them — Navarra, La Rioja, Valencian Community, Aragon, Catalonia, Castilla y León, Cantabria and Galicia — made this known in a joint statement.
In it they argue that macroeconomic factors such as the rise in raw material costs, inflation, the rise in fuel prices as a result of the war in Ukraine or the shortage of semiconductors have plunged Europe into relatively poorer registration data than in 2020, the year in which the global pandemic of Covid-19 broke out.
In the first quarter of 2022, 2.9 million electric vehicles were sold on the Old Continent, far from historical records. Since July 2021, registrations have fallen by an average of 19.2% per month and the 684,506 that registered last April were the worst data recorded since the census.
In the case of Spain, production has already fallen by 25% compared to 2021 and by 7.5% compared to 2020, a year in which the factories were practically closed for two months and only managed to complete their production by the end of the year. to restore normal production rates.
“Manufacturers’ production shutdowns due to the lack of these and other components have broken the economies of scale of an industry that has traditionally operated on very small margins, where the benefits come with the high production volumes,” they claim of the TROS.
In addition, already in Spain, the associations are targeting consumers “who receive various messages and do not know which technology to bet on, something that happens in the same way with public managers.”
The clusters point out that access to the new mobility also carries the risk of excluding the most vulnerable population group, “for economic reasons or because the electric car does not meet their needs and has not been requested”. Moreover, according to his estimates, 30% of the industrial employment that currently exists in Spain is kept in check.
In their statement, they confirm that preserving employment in the sector was only possible thanks to the flexibility that formulas such as ERTEs have given them, but this is threatened by the labor reform passed last March. “With this, and the increased difficulty of extending temporary management, ERTEs can become EREs,” they underline.
The solution proposed by the eight associations, including the Basque cluster, is to launch a risk map and promote meeting rooms such as the Forum of Excellence 4.0, which is held monthly and allows employees to delve into car problems.
Source: La Verdad