EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Portugal
Region: Grande Porto; Norte; Continente
Location of affected unit(s): Braga


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.32 - Manufacture of other parts and accessories for motor vehicles
Number Employed: 2400

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 02-03-2012
Planned Job Reductions min: 120
Planned Job Reductions max: 120
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 02-03-2012
Foreseen End Date: 30-03-2012
Direct Dismissals: 120

Additional Information

German car component supplier Bosch announced the dismissal of 120 employees at the Braga factory. The job cuts will affect temporary workers, who joined Bosh in 2011. In a press release the company stated that the dismissals are due to the fluctuations in demand for car parts.

The workers' union SITE Norte - Sindicato das Industrias Transformadoras do Norte - have opposed the collective dismissals and stated that the procedure goes against the current employment law. According to the union, the company has introduced a long work shift, which runs from Monday to Wednesday between 11pm and 6am, and Saturday and Sunday between 6am and 5.30pm.