FOR ŠKODA AUTO EMPLOYEES
11 / 2020
ŠKODA AUTO CLOSED ITS CZECH PLANTS
Today, we would like to inform you about the current developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and its
effects on us and our work. At ŠKODA, there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus infection as of 17 March
2020 at 14:00. We immediately took care of the affected colleagues, and their condition is stable at the moment. We
thoroughly disinfected their workstations to prevent the further spread of the virus. As a precaution, several other
staff members are self-isolating at home.
The sales markets have been severely affected. In some markets, dealerships have already been closed; only some service
garages remain open to keep cars on the road.
ŠKODA AUTO bears great responsibility for its employees, customers, suppliers and sales organisations.
The Board has therefore decided on the following measures:
In consultation with the Volkswagen Group and the
Kovo Trade Union, ŠKODA AUTO will be closing its
Czech plants in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí
initially for around two weeks commencing Wednesday,
18 March 2020 at 22:00. The plants will be shut down in
an orderly manner in close alignment with our suppliers
along the supply chain to ensure a smooth process. We
will announce the restart (6 April 2020) in good time.
All employees will receive 70% of their average wage
at the start of the production shutdown (18 March
to 29 March 2020) and 75% in the second week (30
March 2020 to 5 April 2020). Some employees will be
required to work on the company premises during this
period to maintain any potential and necessary
processes. They will not be affected by this policy.
Policies for remote working will be made by the
respective managers in coordination with
the responsible Board Member.
Your manager will inform you separately.
ŠKODA will be financing this challenging situation and
its consequences from its own resources initially. Our
primary goal is to keep all of our employees on board
during this time. The impact and duration of this crisis
cannot yet be predicted. The industry and companies in
the Czech Republic are faced with an enormous
burden. Therefore, as in other European countries,
government support should be provided. In association
with the unions, ŠKODA AUTO is holding discussions
with the government regarding this matter.
Why have we decided to stop production?
With 37,000 employees in the Czech Republic alone, our responsibility extends far beyond the factory gates. Everything
must be done to slow down the spread of the virus to protect and help those who will be particularly affected. These
include the elderly and people with existing health conditions. In addition, the sales channels in most markets have also
collapsed due to government measures.
What happens next?
Our coordination team is continuously monitoring and assessing the current situation. We are being guided by scientific
expertise. We are aligning our business activities with the experts’ recommendations, and we will be keeping you, dear
Škodians, up to date via the various internal communication channels. Together, it is vital to protect the health of all of us
as much as possible. The next few weeks will be challenging for all of us. However, we are convinced that we can
overcome this difficult situation together and that ŠKODA will emerge stronger from it. Now we can show what
distinguishes us as a large ŠKODA family: solidarity, trust and prudence. We will start back after the unplanned break
and give it our all! We are minimising the economic impact as much as possible – for the security of jobs and the longterm of our company. The Board wishes you strength and continued good health.
ŠKODA AUTO CEO
The Board wishes you strength and continued good health.
Board Member at ŠKODA AUTO
responsible for HR