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Suzuki to stop production but pay employees full wages amid pandemic

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 3, 2020   /   12:23 pm
Suzuki to stop production but pay employees full wages amid pandemic Activities in an automotive assembly plant for Suzuki-brand cars in Bekasi, West Java. PT Suzuki Indomobil Motor is halting its car production in Indonesia for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  (Kompas/Totok Wijayanto)

Automotive manufacturer PT Suzuki Indomobil Motor is halting its car production in Indonesia for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Suzuki Indonesia president director Seiji Itayama said the decision would be effective from April 13 to 24 at three factories in Cakung, East Jakarta, Cikarang in Bekasi and Tambun in West Java.

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However, despite the temporary stop, the local arm of Japanese carmaker Suzuki Motor Corporation will continue paying full wages to its employees.

"During this time, our aftersales services will still operate, so customers can do vehicle maintenance," he said as reported by tempo.co on Thursday.

Itayama went on to say that routine home service and Suzuki Emergency Roadside Assistance (SERA) were some of the services that would still be open.

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Suzuki is among other car manufacturers that had to stop production amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PT Honda Prospect Motor, for instance, is also going to halt production for two weeks starting April 13, while PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia is limiting the number of its operating personnel and activities.

"We have yet to stop production but we are also prepared for a shutdown scenario if necessary," said Toyota corporate administration and external relations director Bob Azam. (eyc)