Volkswagen Mexico extends suspension of operations in case of coronavirus emergency

MEXICO CITY, Apr 1 (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen said Wednesday that it will extend the suspension of its activities at two production plants in central Mexico until April 30, to follow government measures, which declared a health emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The temporary stoppage of activities originally ended on April 12, and the company added in a statement that it will maintain the full remuneration of all its employees for the duration of the suspension.

“The company (…) will seek the legal mechanisms that allow us to mitigate this enormous financial effort, trying at all times to maintain, as far as possible, the sources of employment that we generate in our facilities in Puebla and Guanajuato”, Volkswagen of Mexico said in a statement.

On Monday, the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador decreed a health emergency in the country after exceeding the 1,000 infected by the outbreak.

(Report from Sharay Angulo)