On June 1, the Brazilian footwear manufacturer Grendene resumed production at its plants in Crato and Fortaleza, both in the state of Ceará, which had been temporarily closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On June 8, Grendene expects to resume production in Sobral, also located in Ceará and where it has its largest manufacturing base. For the three sites, the company reached an agreement with employee representatives that established that working hours and wages will initially be cut by 70 percent.

The company warned that it could not confirm that the restart would be permanent because the situation depends on the evolution of the pandemic in the state and any governmental decision on the matter. Last week, the state of Ceará released a roadmap for the gradual resumption of economic activity.

Meanwhile, Grendene’s plant in Farroupilha, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, where it has its corporate administrative team, product development and molding activities, resumed activities on April 13, with working hours and salaries halved.