White goods giant halts production in Poland

Zygmunt Łopalewski, the spokesman of the Polish department of Whirlpool white goods global giant said that the company has decided to halt its production in plants in Poland, due to the pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causing the COVID-19 disease.

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“In connection with the epidemiological situation and a growing decline in demand for domestic appliance equipment, the decision has been taken to suspend production at all Whirlpool plants in Poland,” Mr Łopalewski told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

The company halted work in plants in Łódź, central Poland, Radomsko, southern Poland, and Wrocław, south-west Poland.

The production was suspended until April 15. The management made an agreement with four trade unions active in factories of Whirlpool. For the first five days, workers will be obliged to take holiday time, for the second part they will receive so-called downtime pay equal to 100 percent of their salaries

“Office workers, for example in the Joint Services Centre, as much as possible, we encourage to work remotely,” Mr Łopalewski added.

The white goods giant employs around 6,000 people in Poland, including about 5,000 workers of the factories. In Łódź, the company has three factories, which produce tumble driers, kitchen and plastic components. A fridge, freezer and oven factory is situated in Wrocław and in Radomsko the Whirlpool manufactures washing machines and dishwashers. In addition, several hundred people are employed at R&D centres and service centres in Łódź and Wrocław.