DAF to cut 3,500 workers’ hours

Car maker DAF is to ask for a shorter working week for 3,500 employees in the second half of this month as a result of the worldwide economic crisis, reports Wednesday’s Financieele Dagblad.

The Eindhoven-based firm is the latest to apply for help since the government said the unemployment benefit fund could be used to pay workers whose wages are cut because of a shorter working week or are laid off temporarily.
At present DAF does not meet the criteria for the scheme which calls for a 30% drop in turnover for two consecutive months, says the Financieele Dagblad. However, the demand for trucks is falling sharply and the company expects to meet the criteria later in December, the paper says.
The company has also announced that it is slashing production by 50% from mid January to around 90 trucks a day.
Corus and car maker NedCar are among the 100 plus firms which have already applied.

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