BARCELONA -- Volkswagen's Spanish carmaker Seat confirmed on Thursday it had raised its estimate of the number of jobs it needs to cut to 1,400 from 800, reported by agency Efe on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
"It is simply a figure, and now we have to negotiate," Andreas Schleef, Seat's Chairman, told reporters. "We are confident that talking to the unions will resolve the current situation."
Seat's management proposes cutting hours and pay for its 16,000 workers as a means of preserving employment.
Workers at the Seat factory in Martorell has scheduled one-hour stoppages on Oct. 21 in protest at the job cuts, a union spokesman said.
Unions do not rule out additional industrial action.