Due to the Chip Crisis Daimler is Sending Thousands of Employees on Short-Time Work

Most of the employees at the Mercedes plants in Rastatt and Bremen are affected. The short-time work should initially apply until the end of next week.

The global shortage of semiconductors will keep Daimler busy for the whole year, CEO Ola Kallenius said last week. As it now turns out, the Swede is right with his prognosis. At Daimler, the situation came to a head again during the chip crisis. Specifically, the Mercedes manufacturer is forced to massively cut production in two of its largest plants in Germany.

In Bremen and Rastatt, the Dax group will send thousands of employees on short-time work from Friday, initially for a limited period until the end of next week. The only exceptions to the reduction in working hours are employees who work on “strategic projects” or who work in essential areas such as maintenance.

According to German media, the majority of the employees at the Mercedes plants in Rastatt and Bremen are affected. Upon request, Daimler announced on Wednesday that short-time work had been applied for from this Friday to the end of next week for the employees concerned at both locations.

More than 12,000 people are employed in the Bremen plant and around 6,500 in Rastatt. According to the company, employees in “strategic projects” and so-called basic functions are excluded from short-time working at both locations, including Daimler in the areas of maintenance and supply as well as qualification topics. First, local media reported on the short-time work plans at the respective locations.

The employees of both plants as well as the location in Kecskemet, Hungary, were put on short-time work at the beginning of the year because of the chip crisis. Upon request, Daimler did not comment in detail on the question of whether short-time work was now planned for other plants. The only thing that was said was that they were in contact with the semiconductor suppliers and that they would “if necessary” adapt the “operating methods in individual plants”. The situation is volatile, you drive on sight.