Worker’s Correspondents: NXP Semiconductors Pushes Workers to Resume Full Production

By Brian Martel

Since the winter storm that hit Texas last month, workers at the Austin NXP Semiconductors plant have been pushed to speed up production and maintain strict standards under threat of firing.

NXP Semiconductors is partners with other monopoly corporations like Philips and Motorola, with two fabrication facilities in Austin.

Workers at the factory are divided between contractors, hired through Randstad, and full-time employees, hired through NXP. Contractors are given little to no paid time off and cannot call in sick without losing the chance to be hired full-time.

During the winter storm, contractors were often not told whether they had to come in until the day in question. On February 15, the factory shut down for two weeks due to essential utilities being dysfunctional. During that time, Randstad didn’t tell workers whether they would still receive pay until asked directly.

“During the winter crisis it was my coworkers checking in on each other, not the bosses who likely sat comfortably throughout the whole ordeal,” one worker told Tribune.

Since resuming production, NXP has incentivized overtime by offering double pay for full-time workers. Contractors working in operator positions were not given this offer, but expected to work harder for the chance to be hired full-time. Management uses these tactics in order to divide workers and cause strife among them, so that they don’t organize against management and NXP hiring practices.

In order to resume full production more quickly, workers were expected to run tests on all tools and take shorter breaks. Low-level managers have been expected to perform several difficult tasks simultaneously. Lower management and operators are fired at higher rates for mistakes, while upper management shirked work and took paid time off during this period.

“NXP likes to talk about how we’re a family and that they care about the safety of the staff but in practice they only care about their shareholders,” a worker told Tribune. “The talks of family and community are only for themselves.”

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