FCAs manufacturing plant in Ranjangaon to be temporarily closed till March 31, 2020
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) joint venture with Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL) will be stopping production temporarily in response to the COVID-19 crisis. With number of infected cases increasing in the state of Maharashtra, Fiat has decided to halt production for the safety of its employees. The temporarily suspension of production activities will be in effect till March 31, 2020, until further changes are declared by respective Governments. Fiat India had already put safety practices in effect before this suspension plan was put into effect. For employee safety, thermal screening was being carried out along with the addition of extra busses adding social distancing between workers.
In the course of this closure, intensified sanitization and complete fumigation activities will be ongoing through the Ranjangaon plant. This will ensure all employees return to a clean and safe environment to work in. A small number of employees will continue to work at the plant for all emergency needs. FIAPL has ensured there will be no retrenchment of any plant employee under these difficult circumstances. They will all receive their salaries during this closure. Both FCA and FIAPL will closely monitor any changes in COVID-19 situation and follow all necessary guidelines set by the Government agencies during this crisis. Number of cases across the entire country is increasing and this response is expected from all manufacturers. The March 31,2020 date set for now might see an extension if the situation does not come under tight control. Government authorities are trying to contain this, but stark response from all employers is crucial for employee welfare.