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Arteb attributes layoffs to 200 of Ford’s 800 employees



São Paulo – The workers at Arteb, an auto parts manufacturer in São Bernardo do Campo, in the ABC of São Paulo, hold a new assembly this Thursday afternoon (28). They have been on hold since Tuesday, after Arteb announced layoffs. According to the ABC Metalworkers Union, there will be 200 cuts, out of a total of 800 employees – a quarter of the workforce. The company claimed to be impacted by Ford’s closure, announced on the 11th.

“We also discussed the future of this plant, which is undergoing judicial recovery, and production,” said the union’s general secretary, Moisés Selerges, after meeting with representatives of Arteb. “The company said it has a contract with Fiat for the second half, starting in September, which would bring gas to continue producing.”

Leaving less traumatic

Arteb is one of the most traditional manufacturers in the auto parts market. With the arrival of the automobile industry in Brazil, in 1959, the company – created in 1934 – started to supply headlights for the automakers. The São Bernardo do Campo factory started operations in 1967. It has been in judicial recovery since 2016.

In assembly today (27) in the morning), the workers decided to keep Arteb’s production interrupted against the layoffs. “The orientation is to continue with the production stopped. Those who have been fired need to attend the assemblies. We are looking for a way out and a less traumatic situation, ”said Moisés.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil




Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

* With Sputnik

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